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Guys,

 

I'm curious to know what 3d CAD or design software some are using to create 3d printed items. I just need a place to start looking.

 

TIA

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The program I've used is Solidworks, but it's very expensive and I can't use it often for personal work. I have been looking for some free alternatives and I ran across the site for this that I want to try out whenever I get an updated computer to run it;

https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/mechanical-software

 

 

I've watched some videos on it and it looks promising. I'll let you know my findings if I get a chance to try it out.

 

Bill

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Shapeways lists some free and commercial 3D modeling programs on their site. I have no idea what any of them are like or how good or bad they are, as I have no experience with 3D modeling other than buying other peoples products.

 

https://www.shapeways.com/creator/tools

 

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I know that Blender (free software) can assist you creating 3D prints.

 

 

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Autodesk Fusion 360 all the way. Free to use as long as you make less than 100.000$ a year from it. Not the easiest piece of software to use, but a ton of very good tutorials on youtube. Sketchup might be a nice program to start with, but I soon got frustrated with all sorts of limitations and quirks. After struggling to make a specific simple design for hours, I decided to switch to Fusion 360. 30 minutes of youtube video and an hour of trying later I had what I needed. I just deleted sketchup after that.

Edited by huntermountain

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