3d printing was invented to help people bring their thoughts and ideas to life. This is all done with two things, a 3d printer and a computer. While the idea of 3d printing is an awesome and an exciting new route to take for beginners, it can be a bit overwhelming when you discover all the different software out there designed to suit your 3d printing needs.
This is where Go3d comes in. In this post, we are going to cover the best free 3d printing software for beginners. Hopefully, there is something on this list to suit you and your 3d printing desires.
3d Slash is an awesome program to use if you are really only first starting out in the world of 3D printing. It allows you to create a 3d model using a simple building block method.
This is a great program to choose if you have or know of any young children with such an interest in 3d printing as it is super user-friendly and just about anyone can use it.
This is a fantastic program for you if you love to create sculptures. This software is great for beginners and is super easy to use. Many people that like to design sculptures choose to use Sculptris because of how powerful it is and the quality of models it can make is similar to that of an industry standard.
Now this one isn’t made for beginners but those with just enough knowledge of these kinds of software will be able to pick it up relatively quick. Blender is a widely popular free and open source software available for download. It uses CAD software (computer-aided design).
It is a great software to use if you have some experience with similar programs. It is a program that caters to many creative minds. From animators to visual effects, to 3D model designs, the sky is the limit with Blender.
AutoCAD is a 3d slicer program that has been around since 1982. It is a good program designed for people like architects, graphic designers and other people in similar industries. It allows users to design whatever models they wish and even has support for a wide range of API for automation and customization.
If you have a passion for inventing and designing new mechanics and parts then FreeCAD is the software for you. This opensource program is a building and modelling software that provides parametric modelling which is useful for designing life-size models. What’s great about FreeCAD is it is available on most platforms whether you own a Windows, Mac or Linux computer.
Another program perfect for those who want to try their hand at 3d printing. This web-based program requires that you have installed Chrome or Firefox with WebGL. One of the cool things that this program can do is take 3d templates from the internet and then export them into STL or OBJ formats ready to be printed to life.
This is the perfect download for you if you are looking at bringing your photographs on your smartphone to life. This awesome app lets you do just that. All you need to do is select an image that you want to print and 123D Catch will do the rest. You can also download a desktop version that does the same and also can print the desired photo into a high-quality model.
See our article on printing 3D photograph’s to learn more about this route you can take with your 3d printer.
All of the programs listed above are mostly, if not, entirely free and are great tools for people just starting out with 3d printing and also for those who are well experienced and are looking for more ways to make the most of their 3d printer. The only problem with these programs is that they are not compatible with every 3d printer out there. It may take a bit of tinkering to find a program that works just right for you.