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Free 3D softwares:
- 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 - 3Dcrafter is a 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 - Anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation program.
- Art of Illusion - Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling 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 - Blender is the 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 - BRL-CAD is 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 - FreeCAD is 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 - GLC player is 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 - LeoCAD is 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 - K-3D is 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 - OpenSCAD is 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 - Tinkercad is 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 - Wings 3D is 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.
Commercial 3D softwares:
Free SLT software:
- MeshLab - Open source software for processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. It also has an extremely fast slide function.
- Google SketchUp plugin - A plugin script to import and export STL STL files for Google SketchUp. Supports both binary and ASCII import and export.
- SLT-viewer - Display and manipulate the contents of stereolithography or STL file.
- Netfabb Studio - a free Windows program for 3D printing to view, edit, analyze and repair SLT files.
eDrawings is Free
Another useful tool is eDrawings from SW, it can print files at scale, one page or multiples for tiling, which can be cut out and used in many ways.
I use Sketchup most of the time. It's only flaw IMO is the lack of absolutes but that is minor. One key thing is getting the STL addon that let's you export and import STL files with the free version easily right to replicatorG.
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One issue w/ SketchUp --- the freely downloadable Make 2013 version has a license which forbids commercial use.
Does it exist any Easy-to-use free App for iPad?
I noticed that the link to FreeCAD is the outdated and deactivated sourceforge link. FreeCAD now has their own independent Website / Wilk / Forum now. Their new website is FreeCAD: An Open Source parametric 3D CAD modeler.
You won't run into those problems with FreeCAD.
Originally Posted by WillAdams
Being a user of FreeCAD, I can offer a bit of advice as to which versions to use.
If your on Ubuntu Linux your in great shape if you want to use FreeCAD. You can easily get a daily build of the program with up to the day bug fixes, features and improvements. FreeCAD has been evolving very rapidly as of late and some of the new features you won't find in commercial packages.
Windows and Mac users should use the latest snapshots of FreeCAD 0.14 available. Or you can build from source.
Do not let the label "unstable" fool you. That is program speak for the code being in flux. With FreeCAD, the "stable" version is 0.13 revision 1328. That stable tag on it just means that it will not change, no more work is being done on it. Getting a 0.14 "unstable" release means that you are getting a program that is constantly being improved. The current "unstable" code in the 0.14 versions of FreeCAD are far and away MORE usable than the old 0.13 stable is.
Anyway, I signed up here in response to the 3D Printer give away but seeing just how sparse the CAD section is, think I'll hang around and try to answer any general questions forum members might have about FreeCAD.
IMO, FreeCAD is the best FREE (as in both beer and speech) 3D CAD out there. It is perfect for the home 3D printing world and much more. Fell free to hit me up for tips on how to configure FreeCAD to automatically export your part to a 3D slicer, set up the program to export very high quality .stl output, and more.
Attached image is a POV-Ray rendered delta effector modeled in FreeCAD. POV-Ray basic script exported from FreCAD's Raytracing Workbench. FreeCAD supports both POV-Ray and LuxRender.
Wings 3D is fantastic. Its winged edge model means all structures are water tight - no dangling edges or holes.
C-CSG is open source modeling software, http://c-csg.com. It's definitely capable of parametric modeling, and besides being much faster than OpenSCAD, it's more flexible because it uses a full featured programming language for defining the model (C). The release is aimed at Linux, but it has so few dependencies it should be a breeze to get it working under Windows.
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Free 3D software are :
Daz Studio : A powerful and free 3D creation software.
AutoDesk 123D : A suite of CAD and 3D-modeling tools, even supports the 3D printing technology.
Meshmixer 3.0 : Allows designing and creating 3D designs by combining two or more models.
3DReshaper : It is an affordable and easy to use 3D-modeling software dedicated to the processing of 3D models.
PTC Creo : It is a comprehensive system for mechanical engineers and model designers who create products using the direct modeling approach of 3D CAD.
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