3D Printing Software and Resources
It is a free web-based 3D modeling tool that is great for those who are starting out in 3D printing. The interface is simple and the models can be easily manipulated. It also has guided lessons and projects that helps the beginner quickly design something from scratch that can then be easily imported to a 3D prep software
CLICK HERE to acess TinkerCAD
It is an open-source 3D printing prep software that "slices" the 3D models into layers that then can be printed out by a 3D printer. It has pre-configured settings for many 3D printers that are currently available. It also has advanced settings that users can adjust in order to successfully print their designs.
CLICK HERE to download Cura
It is an advanced 3D modeling software that is used by both amatuers and professional alike. It has more editing tools than TinkerCAD and has useful features like determining weaknesses in the models. Fusion 360 is free for three years for students.
CLICK HERE to download Fusion 360
Lynda.com offers useful online Fusion 360 video tutorials that show users how to use the wide array of tools and features in the software. And it can be access for free for library card holders!
CLICK HERE to access Lynda.com through the Fresno County Library
CLICK HERE to view a Lynda.com video on how to split a model through Fusion 360 (this is necessary in order to print models with minimal to no overhangs)
In addition, Autodesk, the developer of Fusion 360 and Tinkercad, offers its own online tutorials that are targeted to beginners and more advanced users alike.
CLICK HERE to view the Getting Started in Fusion 360 online tutorial series from Autodesk
CLICK HERE to view how to reduce facets in a mesh (this is necessary in order to convert a mesh to a solid body for editing)