Build Creatures On Your iPad, Bring Them To Life With 3D Printing

Build Creatures On Your iPad, Bring Them To Life With 3D Printing

The latest entry in Autodesk’s 123D line of 3D design tools, 123D Creature gives iPad owners the power to sculpt and paint their own three-dimensional creatures and then share them with the community, export them as a 3D mesh, or have them sent to a 3D printing service to be transformed into real stuff.

123D Creatures has a lot of depth for a tablet-based amateur design app, yet it somehow manages to keep things simple enough that a complete idiot could at least create a freaky alien-looking star creature (I tried). Those with more skill and time can craft intricate creatures with multiple limbs and rows of sharp teeth. Then they can use their own photos to give the horrific beast the face of an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.

For extra-added fun, once the creature has been baked and painted it can be sent directly to 3D printing service Sculpteo, who can bring your monstrosity to life and ship it to your door for a modest fee. Well, relatively modest — a five-inch skeletal star beast would have cost me a couple hundred bucks. I’ll just stick to clay.

123D Creature is available on iTunes right now for the introductory price of $1.99. Get it now before it reverts to its default $8.49.

123D Creature [iTunes App Store]


  • Just downloaded it and gave it a try. A few hours have now passed and I haven’t put it down yet haha I am still sculpting like a crazyman.

  • Yay they have dumbed down another fine art to an iphone app.. So now musical talent, photography and 3d have gone to the masses

    • If the only thing that constitutes a ‘fine art’ in your world is exclusivity and a high barrier to entry, then I feel kind of sorry for you. Fine art is about ideas. The tools you use to express those ideas should be irrelevant, and the more people that can have access to them, the better, in my opinion.

    • @Chloe
      I don’t think so with this. Yes 3D modeling is a fine art for sure, but this app hasn’t even got all the goods a proper 3D program has. I would consider this more like a learning tool for those interested to venture into 3D, and not for replacing an entire generation of 3D artists.

      It is simple enough to create something and in the meantime learn all about bone rigging and sculpting. It is also pretty damn fun to use so quite the hate, leave your talent at work/home, and sculpt some idiotic creature with googly eyes! 🙂

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!