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3D Design Resources

3D Design Resources

There are a number of ways that you can design a 3D model from scratch. The following is a short list of some of the options available. Where possible, we've provided links to products that are open source or free of charge. All software descriptions are directly quoted from the respective software designers' websites.


In-browser 3D modeling:

"3DTin is a pioneer in browser based 3D Modeling. Over a course of 3 years it amassed a user base of more than 100,000 users. The users have built one of the largest repository of Creative Commons 3D models using 3DTin. The simple user interface of 3DTin has made it very accessible to 3D modeling beginners. This has helped many young students and enthusiasts who want to create 3D models for 3D printing. 3DTin is used in many schools for this purpose."

"Tinkercad is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. Users are guided through the 3D design process through 'Lessons', which teach the basics before moving on to more complex modeling techniques."

"Create a digital model on the iPad, on the web, or on your desktop, and then directly 3D print or fabricate it."


Desktop 3D modeling software and tools:


"Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation."

"MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes."

"Hobbyists, kids and backyard spaceship builders all agree that SketchUp Make is the easiest, most fun, entirely free 3D drawing tool in the world. We think you will, too."


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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019 3:21 PM
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