Ponoko, the virtual manufacturing pioneer, has announced that its Personal Factory platform will support the new 3D modelling software, Autodesk 123D. The partnership between Autodesk and Ponoko allows the companies to meet the growing demand from people who want to design, make or sell their own products. A leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk is extending its 3D design software expertise to consumers with Autodesk 123D by allowing creative individuals to explore, design, refine and fabricate their custom product ideas. Ponoko, with offices in both San Francisco and New Zealand, has 13 digital making hubs in the USA, Europe and New Zealand. Its virtual manufacturing software is used by designers, hobbyists, micro-businesses, and DIY manufacturers who have already made over 1, individualized goods including clothing, homeware, lighting, jewellery, furniture, toys, electronics, and car parts. Ponoko CEO David ten Have (pictured) says Autodesk 123D is the first of many apps that will be available on the Personal Factory App Gateway. “The Personal Factory App Gateway is at the leading edge of the maker movement,” says ten Have. “We are at the center of a growing multi million dollar community using our software platform to make and sell custom products.” Founded by David ten Have and Derek Elley in 27 in Wellington, Ponoko derives revenue from providing Personal Factory as a software service and a royalty from products made using it.