Autodesk's newest creation isn't another new 3D suite with next year's date on it, but instead a mashup of futuristic technologies to highlight a new free 3D capture tool called 123D Catch.
The company managed to create a full 3D model of its offices using photographs captured by an unmanned aerial drone. The project was a quick demonstration of what the company could do with its new 123D Catch software and the results are impressive.
Using 123D Catch, users can take a collection of images of the same object at different angles and have the software automatically create a 3D model. So far the software has mostly been used to create models of much smaller objects, but Autodesk decided to see how far they could scale up the process by creating a model of their corporate headquarters and documented the process on the company blog.
Autodesk created a short video of the whole process from drone launch to landing for you to peruse.
In theory Autodesk’s method could be used by anyone with a camera to create 3D models of small objects, and it can output those models in standard as obj or dwg files. If you’d like to try 123D Catch yourself, then you’re in luck: Autodesk has released the software for free.