3D Modeling Resources

Free 3D Modeling Software

Blender – open source 3D animation suite. Enable the 3D Printing Toolbox.
OpenSCAD – free software for creating solid 3D CAD models. Useful for creating models of machine parts.
Sketchup – comes in free or pro versions. Get the Sketchup STL from the Extension Warehouse.
Tinkercad – a browser-based 3D design platform, now part of Autodesk (free version available).
123D Design – a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool from Autodesk.
List of additional free software packages from 3ders.com.

Free 3D Models

You can search for pre-existing models on the Internet to print as they are, or to modify using 3D modeling software.
3D Warehouse – Sketchup’s searchable design library.
Instructables – from the 123D community.
Thingiverse – MakerBot’s searchable design library community.

3D Modeling Tutorials

3D modeling for beginners (Shapeways)
How do I make a solid model (Rhino)
How to fix and repair your 3D files (Shapeways)
Tips for designing 3D printed parts (UT Austin Innovation Station)
Other resources for 3D modeling and printing (3D4U)

Contact Us

CIT – Center for Instructional Technology  |  Eastern Connecticut State University
cit@easternct.edu  |  Office: 860-465-1248
CIT (LIB 420) & 3D Print Lab (LIB 235)