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3D Printing

An introduction to 3D printing resources.

Introduction to 3D Modeling/Design

Before you can print an object, you need to have a .stl or .obj file of a 3D model. There are a number of CAD software programs that you can use for free and that are especially good for beginners. Before you begin designing, we recommend you read this short tutorial about some of the design concerns you need to keep in mind when designing for 3D printing. 

3D Design for 3D Printinghttp://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Design-For-3D-Printing/

Free Software

Browser-based software (no download required): 

Tinkercad.com

SketchUp

Free to download:

Meshmixer

Silhouette Studio (for Silhouette vinyl cutter)

Cura (software specific to the Ultimaker 2 3D Printer)

Blender

Sculptris

Tutorials

There are many helpful tutorials in Lynda.com.

For the beginner, we recommend: 

Up and Running with 3D Printing 

and/or

Up and Running with Tinkercad

For intermediate users, we recommend: 

3D Printing with Photoshop