February 14th 2013
By Mike Flaminio
Autodesk announced a new iPad app for designing 3D characters. Autodesk 123D facilitates drawing and rendering right on the iPad.
Making original characters with Autodesk 123D Creature starts with a simple skeleton creator where users lay out the basic anatomy of their creature in digital clay. Multi-Touch gestures allow users to thicken, stretch and sculpt their creature with many of the tools familiar to users of the popular 123D Sculpt app. Once finished sculpting and shaping, a creature can be airbrushed or adorned with decals and textures imported from the user's iPad photo library. To show off a finished creation, users can bring the creature into the render room where they can customize lighting and shadows, apply filters, and import background photos to generate amazing images to share with their friends.
Once completed, users can send the image to Sculpteo for 3D printing and receive it in the mail. The creatures can also be exported for further work in desktop programs such as Autodekt 3ds Max and Maya.
The app will sell for $7.99, although is available for $1.99 initially.