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    What Software is Available?

    Google SketchUp - This Google SketchUp is fun and free, and is known for being easy to use. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a short time. With with Push/Pull tool you can extrude any flat surface into a 3D form. Furthermore, it works together with Google Earth, that you can import a scaled aerial photograph directly from Google Earth, or use SketchUp to build models which can be seen in Google Earth.

    3DCrafter - real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. The standard version of 3DCrafter is freeware. Paid versions (3DCrafter Plus and 3Dcrafter Pro) are available.

    3Dtin - The simplest 3D software. You can draw directly from your browser.

    Anim8or - A 3D modeling and character animation program.

    Art of Illusion - An open source 3D modeling and rendering studio. Art of Illusion is more as a 3D design system for animated computer graphics than as an engineering CAD tool.More information about Hints on Using Art of Illusion for RepRap is available online.

    Blender - A free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Blender was developed as an in-house application by the Dutch animation studio NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies (NaN). It is a powerful program contains features that are characteristic of high-end 3D software.

    BRL-CAD - A powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation. BRL-CAD has been the primary tri-service solid modeling CAD system used by the U.S. military to model weapons systems for vulnerability and lethality analyses for more than 20 years. It became an open source project on 21 December 2004.
    Creo Elements/Direct - formerly CoCreate - is a complete design environment that offers direct 3D CAD modeler, along with 2D CAD, CAE and integrated product data management (PDM).
    DrawPlus Starter Edition - 100% free and simple, with Accurate vector drawing program, realistic brush, pen, and pencil tools, text on a path, blend modes for advance artistic effects.

    FreeCAD - A general purpose Open Source 3D CAD/MCAD/CAx/CAE/PLM modeler, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in architecture or other engineering specialties.

    GLC Player - A free application used to view 3d models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF COFF Format) and to navigate easily in these models. With the album management, capture and multi-capture capabilities, html export and navigation possibilities GLC_Player is the accurate tools to review a lot of 3D models and to create illustrations. GLC_Player is a cross-platform application (Mac, Linux and Windows). It is lighter than regular modelling software so very handy.

    LeoCAD - A CAD program that can be used to create virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently features over 3000 different types of pieces created by the LDaw community.
    Netfabb Studio Basic - Netfabb Studio Basic provides mesh edit, repair and analysis capabilities. Its compact size of only a few megabytes allows a quick download, an easy installation and the handling of STL and slice files within seconds.

    K-3D - A free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package. K-3D excels at polygonal modeling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.

    OpenSCAD - A software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X. it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects.

    Tinkercad - A new and faster way of creating designs for your 3D printer. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.

    Wings 3D - A subdivision modeler. It has been developed since 2001. Wings 3D offers a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility. There is no support in Wings for animation.



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    Solvespace (free, and free-standing) doesn't tout itself as CAD, but it generates G-code! Lays out Bezier splines nicely, renders 3D intelligently, detecting under- and over-determined specs, and overlap collisions. Only hitch is, I'm accustomed to tweaking composite splines after throwing them out quickly. This means access to non-terminal nodes and their control points. Scribus does this elegantly, but solvespace doesn't, making a difficult slog and change of pace for me. I haven't approached the author about this. Maybe we could form a delegation, get him to put his nose back into this otherwise beautiful tool.

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    Dear all,

    I am using Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express 4.0.

    This is a powerful parametric 3D CAD system. The tool mentioned above is freeware. There are also professional versions of this tool.

    All are geared towards mechanical 3D designs like Solidworks rather than artistic ones.

    All generate STL files that can be sent to 3D printers and printing services.

    Look at http://www.ptc.com/WCMS/files/129463...rect_ME_DS.pdf for the specs of the freeware tool.

    Look at http://www.ptc.com for details about other tools.

    Regards, Philippe

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    I've been learning Moments of Inspiration. A description from their site; "MoI is also a fantastic complementary tool for a polygon-based artist since its CAD toolset and advanced boolean functions enable extremely rapid creation of mechanical or man-made type “hard surface” models. The icing on the cake is MoI’s unique polygon mesh export that generates exceptionally clean and crisp N-Gon polygon meshes from CAD NURBS models."
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...eling_software

    While some of the links are not up to date, this list will give you a pretty good idea. Its a (not absolutely complete) list of 3D modeling which includes both CAD and Sculpting software.

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    Very good idea....Rob

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    @Nathan

    You may want to also include the CAM toolchain as well.



    You've listed many 3D modeling programs but it might be a good idea to add slicing programs as well. Slic3r, KISSlicer, Cura, Skienforge, and any others that people could provide.

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    Found an even bigger list on the RepRap site for 3D software. Provides a small amount of info on what it is as well.

    http://reprap.org/wiki/Useful_Software_Packages

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    I am using MXD3D Design tool on http://marketplace.mxd3d.com/

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    My AV is giving a confirmed warning about this Solvespace site. Saving the link, I see it's a very small exe file, nothing that could be a 3D program.
    Anyone know more about this?

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