Category Archives: Sketch

123D-BETA… Makes C3Po a bit jealous! Prints its own money press

Free 3D modeling software

123D is a free solid modeling software program based on the same Autodesk technology used by millions of designers and engineers worldwide. Not an engineer? No problem, with Autodesk 123D you can design precise and makeable objects using smart tools that let you start with simple shapes and then edit and then tweak them into more complex shapes.

Free content for creating your project digitally
Who doesn’t love free stuff? You have access to tons of free models to help you get your project started, finished, or just to use in exploring ideas. Access free content either directly from the search box in the software, or from the “Get Content” section of the 123D site.

Services for making your digital project into a physical object
The 123D site is a central home for getting things made, and that includes giving you info on different personal fabrication options, and centralized access to our partners who can help you with the tools you need to do the work yourself, or can fabricate your design for you.

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3D Warehouse… 3D worn out!


The 3D Warehouse is the accompanying website for Google SketchUp to provide a place where modelers can upload their models to the internet. It is possible for modelers to create collections of models in the website, and the website uses algorithms to determine similar models. Individual models can be viewed in 3D in the browser, and can also be downloaded or viewed in Google Earth or on Google Maps.

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Grasshopper – you do need a rhino license though… but the plugin is free!

For designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms,Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring.

PC version

TopMod – parametric top models – head on the block

TopMod is based on a new paradigm that allows dynamically changing the topology of 2-manifold polygonal meshes. The new paradigm always guarantees topological consistency of polygonal meshes.
Based on our paradigm, by simply adding and deleting edges,handles can be created and deleted, holes can be opened or closed, polygonal meshes can be connected or disconnected. These edge insertion and edge deletion operations are highly consistent with subdivision algorithms. In particular, these operations can easily be included into a subdivision modeling system such that the topological changes and subdivision operations can be performed alternatively during model construction.
TopMod demonstrates practical examples of topology changes based on this new paradigm and show that the new paradigm is convenient, effective, efficient, and friendly to subdivision surfaces.

 

PC and Mac version

MyPaint – neurotic finger painting for the professional artist – head on the block

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

PC version

Autodesk Vasari – Was-a-what? – head on the block

Autodesk® Project Vasari is an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Vasari design data into the Autodesk® Revit® platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent.

PC and maby Mac version

SketchBook – Sketching at your fingertip

I know this is linking to the pro version but if you go through the app store you can get the free version for your iPhone.

Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro paint and drawing software enables you to transform your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet PC into the ultimate sketchbook. With professional-quality sketching capabilities and an intuitive interface, even new users can be productive within minutes.

SketchBook Pro software offers the sketching software capabilities and quality results expected by professionals:

  • Illustration
  • Entertainment
  • Graphic arts
  • Industrial design
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Architecture