London: One of the premier software makers has come up with a free iPad application that allows users to create 3D images of any place, person or object - and they can even print out perfect replicas.
Anyone with an iPad 2 or the New iPad can use the in-built camera to take pictures, and then the Autodesk 123D app will re-assemble it into a virtual 3D object, a newspaper reported.
At that point, the app steps in, studies the user’s images, and transforms it into an object that you can spin around and zoom in and out of.
Users can even send their image to a 3D printer, which can create an exact replica for their living room table.
The software initially launched for Windows last year, but as tablets have taken off, Autodesk re-coded the application for the iPad, letting the user to make his designs on the go.
The software works by sending your 40 pictures back to the Autodesk servers, which does all the heavy lifting. Around 10 minutes later, the 3D image is ready, and sent back to the iPad.
Evidently, that is a lot of internet bandwidth, so be cautioned that it may be best to wait until you are connected to a WiFi connection.
Autodesk are a big player in Windows PC design software, designing AutoCad products and the Maya 3D animation suite. Their software generally runs into hundreds or thousands of pounds - but Autodesk is happy to supply this one for free.
“We’re fostering community member participation,” Christian Pramuk, technical product manager for Autodesk, told CNET.
“The goal here is to provide anyone with free apps for them to design, create, and fabricate.
“Right now, we want to give it away for free because, well, people like free stuff. It``s about creating 3D for the masses,” Pramuk added.