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3D Printing: Modeling Software and Tutorials

A guide to 3D printing in Media Services.

Modeling Software

Sketchup
     Create, modify, and share 3D models 

Tinkercad
     Free online editor. One unique feature is the ability to import vector graphics and turn them into 3D objects

Blender
     3D modeling and animation program for Windows and Mac. There are lots of helpful tutorials and examples on the website.

Meshlab
     Open-source program for processing 3D models (useful in preparation of files for 3D printing)

netfabb
     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

Mobile Apps

123D Catch
     
Use photos to create 3D scans of virtually any object.
     Works on iPad/iPhone or as a web-based app
123D Sculpt
     
Sculpt in 3D using this free iPad app.

Tips and Tutorials

Tinkercad
Keyboard shortcuts for the Tinkercad Editor

     (from the 
Tinkercad blog)
Tinkercad Quests
     Introductory interactive tutorials 
How to 3D print a vector file using Tinkercad
     (from instructables.com)

Blender​ 
Blender tutorials and courses
     Learn the essential techniques and workflows 

Sketchup
Sketchup Learning Center 

     
Self-paced tutorials to instructor-led courses

3D Modeling Communities and More

Thingiverse - From Makerbot
     S
hare free printable 3D model designs

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