3D Modeling with 123D Sculpt

123D Sculpt

For tinkers, artists, and students interested in 3D modeling, I wanted to share my review of 123D Sculpt by @AutoDesk.   At the time of this writing, you can only find this app on the iOS app store.   I find that I gravitate toward using my desktop computer for 3D modeling since the keyboard and mouse make me feel more productive and precise.   I, however, think that 123D Sculpt utilizes the user interface of the IPAD and touch well.  In the real world, you might start a sculpture with a lump of clay and mold it into a shape.   123D Sculpt enables you to start with a digital “lump of clay” and mold it into forms that you design.      Check out the video below to see how it works.

My favorite features…

  • Symmetry: I appreciate the symmetry feature in the tool.   123D Sculpt works well when you are creating something organic looking.  In nature, symmetry is everywhere!  The symmetry feature enables you to mold and paint one half of the object.   Your changes will be mirrored on the other side of the object.
  • Downloading model files: If you publish your 3D model to the community, you can download the model files for printing.   To learn more about this procedure, please refer to the following link.   In a future paid edition, I would imagine that AutoDesk will probably enable you to download your model without publishing to the community.
  • Kid friendly: I have let my kids make stuff with 123D sculpt.  Sometimes, they just like to move around the 3D model and color it.   Other times the kids surprise me with their own creations like space ships, dinosaurs, etc.
  • Textures: You can really improve a 3D model through textures.   The tool comes with a library of textures for eyes, fur, feathers, hair, faces, skin, and more.   You can also create your own textures using your photos.

I would like to see this app come to Android devices as well.   I think I would gladly pay for this app if it enabled me to export my 3D models without using the “community share” feature.

All in all, I think this is a fun way to introduce 3D modeling to makers.   Whether you’re young or old, you’ll find this tool engaging.  I can imagine this tool being used in video game design and 3d printing projects.


What sort of 3D Modeling do you enjoy doing?  What tools are you excited about?




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