Surprise! 123D Design Updated

By on January 14th, 2013 in Software

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We were very pleasantly surprised to see an update arrive yesterday for our copy of 123D Design, the free 3D design tool from Autodesk. What’s got us so excited? 
It can now export STL. 
The previous version of 123D Design permitted saves only in its own proprietary format, with a possible intent of sending all designs to its own 3D print service partners, as we reported earlier. This limitation severely constrained the use of the multi-platform tool to the point where we stopped using it. 
But now that’s all changed, as the software can now export STL format files that you could potentially print on your own 3D printer, or indeed any 3D print service. 
Now, if we could only import STL in 123D Design, we’d be in great shape. Meanwhile, we’ll be trying out 123D Design again. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!