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123D Design Essentials
The explosion of interest in 3D printing, with the revolution it promises in all sorts of manufacturing and making, from medical prototyping to crafting jewelry, has been matched by the growth of websites offering models and printing services. So what if you want to make your own model? Which program should you use? 123D Design, published by Autodesk, is a good place to start. Its free, and relatively easy to use. If you want to go commercial with your 3D models, you will either need to upgrade to a Premium membership, or upload the models to 123D Gallery.