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realrouge
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3D (stl) design software

Post by realrouge » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:46 am

There is a lot of design software out there but as a amateur 3d printer owner I was looking for avordable and easy to use software and want to share what I have found:

http://cubify.com/products/cubify_invent/index.aspx
Still in trial but think I'm going to buy it (just $49) because it's easy to use and extensive enough. Also nice help movies

http://www.printcraft.org/
Use your minecraft skills to design! My oldest kid favorite (10 years)

http://cubify.com/apps.aspx
Not very extensive but dead easy and very fast nice results! My youngest kid favorite (7 years)

https://tinkercad.com/
Online tool that looks pretty extensive enough. Not tried yet

Please comment on these tools and extend the list!

cheers

Gilbert

new ones:
- http://radiantfabrication.com/pages/li
$20 but trial possible. Minecraft like modelling. nice feature is import of stl files which can be editted!

- http://leopoly.com/
free online sculpture software
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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by roller » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:26 pm

Sketchup with one of many free STL Export plugins (Google search for the plugin because there's many but choose the one that suits your needs)
http://www.sketchup.com/

123dMake from Autodesk
http://www.123dapp.com/make

HeeksCAD
https://github.com/Heeks/heekscad

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by Fred » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:27 pm

Taking a completely different approach there's also OpenSCAD. Perfect if you want to script your object creation and vary parameters. Totally not WYSIWYG.
http://www.openscad.org/

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by ftdesigns » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:51 pm

Blender - really hard to use though, http://www.blender.org/

Become friends with someone who has access to 3D CAD software and use it.

Some schools offer great discounts to students, perhaps you can convince a student to buy one for you.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by Billzilla » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:23 pm

Anyone got a util/plug-in that will let Autocad import STL files?
Or a converter that makes STL's into DXF's ?

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:28 pm

Billzilla wrote:Anyone got a util/plug-in that will let Autocad import STL files?
Or a converter that makes STL's into DXF's ?
DXF are 2D format and STL are 3D format.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by ftdesigns » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:35 pm

just read an article about this one today: http://parametricparts.com/

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by roller » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:28 am

DrewPetitclerc wrote:
Billzilla wrote:Anyone got a util/plug-in that will let Autocad import STL files?
Or a converter that makes STL's into DXF's ?
DXF are 2D format and STL are 3D format.
Actually it's easy to convert STL to DXF. I'm pretty sure Meshlab and other free tools will do it. The issue is you will be discarding surface information. DXF can be 3D but it has no description of surface geometry, it is just point and line information (basically). As a result it's not readily possible for software to interpret from a DXF what is a face, what are vertices nor what is inside and outside so it's fairly useless for 3D printing but if you want to use it to work in Autocad and then rebuild face geometry later in other software or just to produce presentation drawings it is possible.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by amd-tec » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:39 am

Here's one more.
labs.autodesk.com/technologies/fusion
"3D design with intelligent printing"
http://www.amd-tec.com

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by roller » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:53 pm

amd-tec wrote:Here's one more.
labs.autodesk.com/technologies/fusion
Yes, I'm curious to see how long we get to use it for free. Of course, the Mac version is still complete rubbish and extremely unreliable.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by amd-tec » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:59 pm

One "cheap" more.
http://moi3d.com/
"3D design with intelligent printing"
http://www.amd-tec.com

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by chippwalters » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:04 am

Many of the applications mentioned are surface 3D modelers, and as such have a harder time creating the necessary "watertight" STLs required by 3D printers. I've always liked SketchUp but unfortunately it too is a surface modeler. Last year I started working with a true solid modeler, which works like SketchUp. It's called FormZ by Autodessys. They also have a lower end product, even more like SketchUp called Bonsai3D which is also a solid modeler and great for 3D printing.

One thing super easy to do is to create 3D bolts and nuts. Great for CAD work too. Definitely worth a look.

Both work on Mac and PC.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by roller » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:49 am

FormZ by Autodessys
It's good because they give a free annual license to students ... but I've always found it a bit tedious to use. Generally I use tools and macros that fix or at least find errors in my surface modellers so I can cleanup the non watertight surfaces. I though 123D Make was essentially solids oriented ... and free ... and pretty useful.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by chippwalters » Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:07 am

roller wrote:
FormZ by Autodessys
... but I've always found it a bit tedious to use.
I agree with the older versions. The latest release (7) was rewritten from the ground up with a new UI as well. Much MUCH more friendly. If you're good with SketchUp, the switch is pretty simple and easy. They even have a setting for SketchUp users.

BTW, just try building a screw and bolt assembly in SketchUp--- OUCH!

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by roller » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:02 am

Yeah, sketchup's really meant for massing models of buildings. For such things I like Rhino.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by Bindw » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:18 am

I use the (free) mac version of Rhino. A bit of a learning curve at first, but there are plenty of great tutorials on youtube to get you on track to making stuff.

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by amd-tec » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:06 pm

Moved this here!


Hi, here`s good news for you who doesn`t have any cad tools to modify or create 3d models.

DesignSpark Mechanical is on it`s way.

http://www.designspark.com/eng/page/mechanical

I`ll bet it`s the one of the best tool you can get free, I personally have SpaceClaim and it`s perfect for create and modify files for 3d-printing.

Added this link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aMN_NN ... e=youtu.be

Have fun,

amd-tec
"3D design with intelligent printing"
http://www.amd-tec.com

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by JuliaDee » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:59 am

That looks freaking awesome, I'm definitely going to give it a test drive, thanks. I haven't used Allied since I was about 17 years old, but this could bring me back!

julia
amd-tec wrote:Moved this here!

Hi, here`s good news for you who doesn`t have any cad tools to modify or create 3d models.

DesignSpark Mechanical is on it`s way.

http://www.designspark.com/eng/page/mechanical

I`ll bet it`s the one of the best tool you can get free, I personally have SpaceClaim and it`s perfect for create and modify files for 3d-printing.

Added this link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aMN_NN ... e=youtu.be

Have fun,

amd-tec

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Re: 3D (stl) design software

Post by amd-tec » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:36 pm

DesignSpark Mechanical launched today!
"3D design with intelligent printing"
http://www.amd-tec.com

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