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Design Hardware & Software Autodesk Welcomes 123D Design to App Family Autodesk takes a design from concept to fabrication with the browser-based 123D Design. autodesk is not blind; it has noticed its increasing popularity in the 3D design community. As a result, in 2011, it released 123D, its first desktop software aimed toward the do-it-yourself community. Autodesk was making the first steps toward creating a product that helps users take products from concept to the shelf. Since then, Autodesk has released four different apps, each offering its own way to make 3D designing easier. The first was 123D Sculpt, which lets iPad users create and modify clay-like models with their fingers. 123D Catch, released in May 2012, integrated the cloud and cameras into 3D design. By taking digital pictures of an object, the software can process images and create an accurate 3D model of the object. 123D Make, released that same month, helps turn their 3D designs into real objects. Different construction techniques can be used to build objects, and templates can be created to send to laser printers. Most recently, Autodesk added 123D Design to its app family. The free software can be used on a tablet, on a PC, or even through an Internet browser. Since this is cross-platform software, users can begin modeling on an iPad and continue working on the project on a PC. Christian Pramuk, product manager for the 123D apps, told us the latest program is designed to make 3D modeling Hydraulic Pullers Induction Heaters

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