Software giant Autodesk made its digitization program Memento available this week as a free public beta. Previously accessible only as an Autodesk Labs technology preview, Memento converts reality capture input, as in the form of photos or scans, into high-definition 3D models that can be edited and optimized for use on interactive websites, as physical objects, or as visual effects in animated projects.Memento aims to streamline the often tedious workflow to create 3D models from reality capture sensors while handling large 3D meshes.


Autodesk is marketing the software to a variety of sectors, including media, medical, engineering, and industrial. It could prove especially useful to architects, who could use the program to create digital models, 3D print any captured or modeled data without forced downsizing, or use captured reality as inspiration to start new designs. This can be used to model anything from buildings to products and small parts for prototyping.

Memento’s key feature, according to Autodesk, is that it doesn't require users to be CAD experts. The beta release includes a new website with educational resources and use cases. Autodesk will soon open an online gallery that stores 3D digitzed models, which can be shared interactively, export Filebox content with cameras that allow graphic artists to better alter the texture of the digitized models, view of the photo camera positions in 3D space, and more robust photo processing capabilities.

Memento is currently available as a cloud-connected desktop app on the Windows platform. A Mac version will become available in late March, with interactive 3D publishing on the Web to follow.