Autodesk 123D

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Autodesk 123D logo.png
Developer(s) Autodesk
Initial release February 2009 (2009-February)
Stable release 1.4 / 21 April 2014; 16 months ago (2014-04-21) [1][2]
Operating system Windows 7
OS X 10.7 or later
Available in English
Type 3D computer graphics software
License Freemium

Autodesk 123D is a suite of hobbyist CAD and 3D modelling tools created by Autodesk. It is similar in scope to Trimble SketchUp and is based on Autodesk's Autodesk Inventor.[3] As well as the more basic drawing and modelling capabilities it also has assembly and constraint support and STL export. Available for the software is also a library of ready-made blocks and objects.[4]

Autodesk is also working in collaboration with three companies (Ponoko, Techshop and 3D Systems)[5] to enable users of 123D to create physical objects from their designs using 3D printing technology. [6][7]

It is currently freely downloadable with possibility of premium membership.[8]

Additional applications[edit]

Video of a 3d model of Horatio Nelson bust in Monmouth Museum, produced using 123D Catch.

The 123D suite consists of the programs:

  • Catch: Creates 3D models from series of photographs taken at various angles using photogrammetry
  • Sculpt+: Allows manipulation of virtual clay into a model
  • Make: Allows creation of low-tech LOM-style solid models
  • Design: Simplified program to create 3D models
  • Creature: Allows creation of creatures in 3D on iPad
  • Circuits: Virtual breadboarding and circuit design application[9]
  • Tinkercad: 3D printing app
  • MeshMixer: A free tool for working with mesh models


  1. ^ [1] Autodesk 123D Design
  2. ^ [2] 123D Design Desktop -- Revamped
  3. ^ Autodesk 123D solid modeling software hits beta, hobbyists cheer $0.00 pricetag Engadget
  4. ^ [3] Autodesk 123D Beta Available to Public
  5. ^ [4] Autodesk 123D: Manufacturing Gets Personal
  6. ^ [5] Manufacturing Gets Personal: Autodesk 123D Now Available for Free Download
  7. ^ [6] Democratizing Design: Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass Announces 123D
  8. ^ [7] Autodesk 123D Membership Options
  9. ^ [8] 123D circuits announcement.