Autodesk 123D is the free 3D modeler for everyone. It brings a powerful 3D solid modeling tool with accuracy to satisfy the tinkerers, DIYers, and Makers. This is not another simple imprecise faceted surface tool but a 3D solid modeler with accuracy at the core including sharing common DNA with Autodesk Inventor Fusion. You can design almost anything and produce 3D parts even send them to a 3D printer or laser cutter. I am hoping to get a MakerBot 3D printer kit soon from Santa that will allow me to be my own personal manufacturing shop designing parts in 123D and printing them as solid ABS plastic parts.
You or someone you know perhaps a young aspiring Maker can design Christmas ornaments or other holiday decorations and then share them or even print them on a 3D printer or Shapeways or create the 3D model in cardboard or plywood using the free 123D Make.
This Beta 8 adds sketching enhancements, 3D printing, and laser cutting.
Beta 8 Overview Videos:
What's new in 123D Beta 8 - Part 1 http://youtu.be/hIquH5FnqBo
What's new in 123D Beta 8 - Part 2 http://youtu.be/oWkO3q0_quY
123D Snowman Challenge
Go ahead and give the free Autodesk 123D a try or if you have someone that asks you “what free 3D design application can I get to release my inner engineer or Maker”, you now have a perfect response. Try 123D!