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Create 3-D images that you can print

Create 3-D images that you can print
PHOTO COURTESY OF 123D SCULPT+

You've been hearing a lot about 3-D printers. Maybe you even have one in your home, or where you work.

You design a virtual 3-D image, or scan an existing object, and send it to a 3-D printer. It then prints out your image, one layer at a time. Typically, it's a photo-reactive resin that prints out as a liquid that hardens. Some people call this process additive manufacturing, or just 3-D printing.

These days, companies are creating 3-D cars, prescription drugs and NASA rocket ships. But, you most likely just want to have some fun with 3-D printing.

For that, you can give the free 123D Sculpt+ a shot. You don't need to be an artist to use it. Although, 123D Sculpt+ has enough tools, textures, and advanced features that would be useful for professional artists and graphic designers.

Yet, even if you have almost no artistic skills, you can have fun with it. Note: One heads up. Using 123D Sculpt+ requires some patience. It takes time to learn how to use all its features. Plus, you can spend quite a long time creating each artwork. (See the video tutorial on the next page, before you get started.)

Once you're ready to go, you first select a skeleton or armature, to start creating the 3-D body of your person or creature. Then, you start sculpting, or reworking your basic image into a finely detailed creature. (See photo.)

123D Sculpt+

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