Autodesk has just released 123 Sculpt. 123 Sculpt is an iPad app that allows you to freely modify 3D objects using digital sculpting with brushes similar to what Autodesk’s Mudbox does on the grander professional scale. This new tool is continuing on the theme of supporting the Makers of the world with free tools like 123D, Pixlr, Sketchbook, and supporting Maker communities like the recently acquired Instructables and partnering with TechShop. Providing these tools and supporting communities of Makers places the creative power tools into anyone's hands and allows them to unleash their inner creative genius.
You can start using some objects such as humanoid, a car, moose or just primitive objects such as a sphere then being deforming and pinching to sculpt your own creation just as you would with clay except in this case you don’t get covered in clay. I know what Kung Fu Drafter is thinking “can I re-enact the clay scene in the movie Ghost” I guess you could you digital freak <g>.
Product Page: http://123dsculpt.com/
YouTube video on using 123 Sculpt:
The most fun you can have sculpting without getting your hands dirty!
*** Free for a limited time! ***
With Autodesk® 123D™ Sculpt you can sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes.
It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then push, pull and paint to make the sculpture your own. When you are done, take snapshots in the camera room or create animated QuickTime turntable movies to upload to YouTube or email to friends.
✓ Multi-Touch tools let you sculpt and experiment with the details of your creation, just like real clay
✓ Pull – add bumps and create raised areas to exaggerate details like noses, claws, and fins
✓ Smooth – soften out rough areas or blend details into one another
✓ Push – create grooves and valleys by pushing into the shape
✓ Pinch – create hard edges and ridges to add sharp details
✓ Grab – grab hold of the shape and stretch it out
✓ Flatten – make curvy or lumpy surfaces flat
✓ Bulge – create large or small bulging effects
✓ Personalize and detail your sculpture using built-in brushes and textures, or use your own images to create exactly the look you want
✓ Paint – use a bold color palette to add shades, tints, and hues
✓ Image rub – use your finger to rub areas of a photo directly onto your creation to add realistic details
✓ Import your own images from your Photo Library or take photos using your iPad 2 camera to use as custom textures
✓ Create and Share your creations as images or movies on Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox or YouTube
✓ Email your images directly from the app or save to your Photo Library
✓ Save transparent PNG images for incorporating into other digital art compositions, or for further processing in apps like SketchBook Pro
✓ Create 720p HD QuickTime turntables of your sculptures for sharing on YouTube or for import into iMovie projects.
✓ Use AirPrint to print out stunning images of your creation to show off to your friends
So if you have an iPad, go grab this free 123 Sculpt App from the Apple App Store for free today. I am not sure on the future platforms for this tool but the first mobile device perfect for this app is definitely the iPad and perhaps the Autodesk Consumer Group consider the Android tablets next.
123D Sculpt for iPad on the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/app/123d-sculpt/id446119510?mt=8)
Happy Sculpting and please do share some links to your creations in the comments to this post.