We will use several software packages during the semester. Many of them are free, or have trial/beta versions available for free which can be downloaded form these links:
Primary 3D Modeling software
- Rhino for PC - Free trial, limited to 25 saves. After that still works but cannot save.
- Rhino for Mac -
- OnShape - Very compelling new browse-based parametric modeling system. Works on PC, Mac, IOS, and Android
Primary Slicing Software (for Open Source 3D printers)
- Cura (Lulzbot Edition) - free, open source, intuitive, quick
Other good open-source slicing software:
- Slic3r - free, open-source, high quality
Additional Software (May or may not be demonstrated in class)
- Mudbox - Free for 3 years via Autodesk University program. Will need to setup an Autodesk account.
- MeshMixer - Experimental, free, and hopefully useful.
- Sculptris - Free modeling tool, essentially a simple version of Z-Brush, which is similar to Mudbox
- Pepakura Designer - used for folding/unfolding models, viewer is free.
- 123D Catch (create 3D scans using your phone or camera) free.
- 123D Make free digital fabrication tools.
- Makerware (prepares files for 3D printing with the Makerbot) free.
Open Source Alternatives (absolutely free, but occasionally difficult to master)
- Blender (3D modeling & animation)
- OpenSCAD (open source 3D modeler - text/code based)
- MeshLab (tool for repairing / altering meshes)
- Inkscape - Free open source vector drawing & tracing tool (similar to Illustrator)
Web Based Modeling and Fabrication Apps