Already Designed Models:
These are sites that provide pre-designed models for download and printing. Most are free to download; however, you may come across some models for which the designer charges.
- 50 Useful Things to Print
- Thingiverse - One of the most well-known repositories
- yeggi - search across multiple websites
- MyMiniFactory - searchable repository
- pinshape - think Pinterest, but for 3D designs
- YouMagine - searchable repository
3D Modeling Software:
3D printers need an STL (STereoLithography) file to print. You can design objects in most any 3D modeling software, such as Solidwork or Rhino. There are also free 3D modeling software options. Some of these will require setting up an account or installing software.
- Tinkercad - browser-based 3D designer that uses shapes to construct your design
- Meshmixer - 3D design software that allows you to mold a creation similar to working with clay
- Fusion 360 - a powerful program from Autodesk for which students can get a free license
- Blender - a 3D animation suite you can use for 3D models; enable the 3D Printing Toolbox
- List of additional free software packages - from 3ders.com