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Create, modify, and share 3D models
Free online editor. One unique feature is the ability to import vector graphics and turn them into 3D objects
3D modeling and animation program for Windows and Mac. There are lots of helpful tutorials and examples on the website.
Open-source program for processing 3D models (useful in preparation of files for 3D printing)
A free web-based service that processes and repairs stl files to prepare them for 3D printing
Autodesk 123D Apps
Free easy-to-use apps for 3D modeling and printing. Includes: Catch, Circuits, Design, Make, Sculpt+, and Tinkercad
Free Autodesk software for students!
Students can obtain a FREE 3-year license for a variety of Autodesk software. The website also has links to design a manual, tutorials and a collection of 3D models made by the Autodesk community and offered for use with Creative Commons licensing.
Tinkercad 3D Modeling Software
Use photos to create 3D scans of virtually any object.
Works on iPad/iPhone or as a web-based app
Sculpt in 3D using this free iPad app.
3D Modeling Communities and More
Thingiverse - From Makerbot
Share free printable 3D model designs
Make, buy and sell 3D printed products
Browse over 11,000 designs that are ready to print
The Smithsonian is in the process of digitizing its collection
in 3D and offers free, downloadable model files
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