3D Design Software
- TinkerCAD – https://www.tinkercad.com/
- Nice design software for someone that is not experienced with CAD and 3D design.
- OnShape – https://www.onshape.com/
- Traditional parametric CAD that is web-based and works in a Chrome browser. You can create 3D models and access on any computer, phone or tablet. Free to join but your files are public unless you translate your account into an educational license (which is easily done).
- Autodesk Fusion 360 – https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview
- Traditional parametric CAD with 3D sculpting and CAM/CNC capabilities. Requires a download to use. Web-based version is in development. Your files save to the cloud and you can sign in on any device with your info and access your files. Free for hobbyists, makers, educational use. Commercial license is available at about $360/year (super cheap compared to other CAD).
- Educational License – https://www.solidworks.com/product/solidworks-education
- Startup/Entrepreneurial License – https://www.solidworks.com/solution/business-segments/entrepreneurs-startups
- Blender – https://www.blender.org/
- Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
- Sculptris – http://pixologic.com/sculptris/
- This is a free 3D design, sculpting software. You can make things like characters and other more “organic” shapes. You start with a ball of “clay” and form it from there.
- SketchUp – https://www.sketchup.com/
- There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.
- Free + Premium options available
- OpenSCAD – http://www.openscad.org/
- The programmers solid 3D CAD modeller
3D Printing Slicers
- Cura – Is an open-source 3D printing slicer that works with most open-source printers.
- Simplify 3D – Is software for processing your 3D models and preparing them for 3D printing. S3D has some advanced features that the free slicers do not. In my opinion it is worth the money if you can afford it.
- $150 for 2 seats (share with a friend!)
3D Printing File Sites
Graphic Design/Vector Software
- Canva.com – Collaborate with your team to create marketing materials such as flyers, posters, social media graphics and collaborate with your team
- Inkscape – https://inkscape.org/en/
- Free vector design software
- Corel Draw –
- Paid vector design software
- Student version available for about $100
- Adobe Illustrator – https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html
- Paid vector design software
Vector Files for Laser Cutting/Plasma Cutting
- Case Template Builder – http://www.makercase.com/
- Open Source Router Furniture – https://makezine.com/2014/03/18/open-source-furniture-2/