123D Design

Developer: Autodesk Inc.

Current Version: 2.2.1

Last Updated: 11 months ago

Download Size: 425.5 MB - Download


Want to be ahead of the curve on 3D printing and personal fabrication? Design the things you imagine, and then make them real!

Let the creativity flow from your fingertips with Autodesk 123D Design, where you can use natural interactions and editing tools to create a 3D model. You can then 3D print your model at your home, school shop or preferred fabrication service.

Please note that in-app-purchases are not necessary any more.

Here’s how it works:
• Get started quickly with one of the basic shapes provided. In just a few clicks you will see your ideas start to take shape.
• Do you have a mesh or solid coming from any application? You can insert several formats of solids and meshes into 123D Design in order not to start from scratch.
• 123D Design automatically creates the most natural connection between parts. When moved, objects will align and snap to connection points such as corners, midpoints or center of faces.
• Save your designs to your desktop or save them to My Projects, so you can access them from the 123D website, other apps that read content from My Projects (like 123D Make and Meshmixer) or via mobile from 123D Design iOS.
• 123D Design also adopted several interactions from Tinkercad, making the transition between both much easier.
• Ready to 3D print? Converting your models from digital to physical is just a few clicks away.

Still not impressed? Here’s some more cool stuff:
• If you are more comfortable designing on a flat piece of paper, then start with a sketch, create an SVG file and import it into 123D Design.
• Preview what your project will look like when it’s made by adding realistic materials like plastic, ceramic, wood and metal.
• Check out projects from other 123D users, right in the app.
• If you also work with other 123D apps like 123D Catch or 123D Make, you can open these models directly into 123D Design via My Projects (under your account). No need to think about export formats!
• Got a mesh exported from a mechanical design application? Try Convert to Solid, so you can fillet, chamfer and do all the 3D solid modeling operations you love.


Release Notes:

•Added Chinese to existing English, Spanish, Japanese and Turkish languages.
•Enhanced workflow for importing SVG files.
•Enhancement on selection when lofting profiles.
•Bug fixes.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1
Review by luckdog2

3D - Hard at first but got really fun and easy

Found helpful by 23 out of 27 people
Version 1.0
Review by Commiepinkofag

Why Not Hit Yourself in the Face With a Brick Instead? - The first of the hundreds of questions 123D Design instantly inspires is "Am I being subjected to a bad Windows port, some sort of horrible encapsulated website, a shambling java-under-the-hood zombie, or some new awfulness for which no on has yet dreamed up a name?" The only thing that's clear is that this isn't a Mac application in any happy sense of the word. Like the other available 123D app, the indifference to OS X interface conventions is so aggressive as to feel downright contemptuous. The urge to slap Autodesk with a copy of Apple's Human Interface Guidelines becomes overwhelming within seconds of opening the program. Why is the lobotomized menu bar hiding near-invisibly in the document window toolbar, leaving the actual menu bar empty? When dragging the window, why does the toolbar lag bizarrely behind, hopping like an injured insect simulation running on an Amiga? Why does the toolbar disappear when the window isn't active? Why do nameless menu items flicker in and out of existence based on hover behavior? Why doesn't the window title bar display the document name? Why do documents close silently and without warning merely because you open a new one? And why does nothing, anywhere, in the entire interface, respond to ⌃click? In short, why doesn't anything work as Mac apps are supposed to? Didn't we sort most of this out to very good effect several decades ago? This isn't an application – it's a bug-infested website. You have to wonder if anyone at Autodesk knows what a Mac app is supposed to look like or even why there are standards for such things. 123D feels like a nostalgic visit to the golden age of MS-DOS, when every software engineer felt free to make up his or her own interface and users were left muttering, "Oh look, this time they've put the driver's seat in the trunk of the car, facing sideways, and provided a 90° periscope that attaches to my nose! Isn't that _clever_!" No. It's not. It's stupid. Worse, it's antique stupidity. 123D's wanton interface lunacies are never-ending. Try switching to another app, then clicking on a 123D window's title bar. The window will stick to your pointer, and follow it around as though assuming you wanted to move it. (For real excitement, switch to another Desktop and click on 123D's Dock icon.) These are among dozens of unique behaviors shared by no other OS X application, and a good example of why this one should be taken out to an abandoned quarry and shot through the head. Interface conventions exist for excellent reasons… Does anyone really need a new and different light switch? Until some new one does something truly extraordinary that no existing light switch does, what's needed is for everyone to be able to turn the lights reliably without having to think about it. Engineers who build novel light switches merely because they can are arrogant and the companies that try to inflict such products on users are irresponsible. Neither deserve anyone's attention or business. Sure, 123D is free, but a free toothbrush that pokes in you the eye every time you touch it isn't much of a gift. And really, free is just what it's worth: this is beta software, at best. Barely functional, lacking the most rudimentary of civilized features (e.g., it wants you to login to an Autodesk account, but won't remember your account info), and bizarre beyond any description that'll fit within the character limit here, why does this app even exist? It's a mediocre implementation of aggressively clueless design that no Mac user in his/her right mind will tolerate. As for results, I'm sure you can make something cool with it, but who cares? No doubt you could also remove the hood of your car and hang upside down by your feet from the garage ceiling, and thereby make a latte in the radiator. Fortunately there are any number of better ways, a selection of better companies happy to provide you with them, and third-degree steam burns are entirely optional. If you want bad Windows software circa 1995, with an interface as Byzantine as it is Medieval, by all means try this. Then again, you might spend the same time discussing why you're willing to suffer such idiocy with a therapist, and have a better life as a result. Shame on Autodesk. Shame.

Found helpful by 300 out of 322 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.2.1
Review by JoshMcD

Use something else - No support. I’m running a cutting edge MacPro customized for graphic and video work and this app barely functions; so much lag that it requires 15-25 seconds to place a primitive object. Submitted multiple requests on the forum, community and help desk but zero response. From what I’ve read, the 2.0 version worked fine, then they released the 2.1 “update” (apparently after little to no testing). If I could download the previous version I might have a more favorable review but, given it’s mediocre performance and complete lack of support (lack of faith?) from AutoDesk, it appears I’ll have to look elsewhere for a solution. I’ve recommended that our engineer forgo testing Fusion 360.

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
Version 2.2.1
Review by Brismi7

Crashes a lot - I’ve used this app before and liked it decently well, but after downloading it on my own MBP (mid 2014 retina) it’s crashed multiple times on me, occasionally without even opening a project. Not sure what’s going on...

Found helpful by 3 out of 5 people
Version 2.2.1
Review by Nickname445

Not Good - Ive been using 123design for 5years and this version is the worst i cannot run this app on any of my computers ive lost a bunch of work already in this version its very upsetting i hope they fix this issiue fast...

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people