Obtaining and creating 3D designs
3D models can be created and modified using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Various versions of paid and free CAD software are listed below:
- Autodesk 123D - a collection of 3D modelling tools created by Autodesk.
lynda.com - 3D Scanning with a camera - incorporating 123D Catch app
- Sketchup - a 3D modelling program originally created by Google. There is a freeware and a paid version.
lynda.com - Sketchup 2015 Essential Training
- TinkerCad - a browser based 3D modelling tool
lynda.com - Introducing Tinkercad
Online 3D design collections
Collections of finished 3D designs can be found online. You may be able to freely download and use the designs for 3D printing under the Creative Commons Licence.
- Thingiverse - a MakerBot website for sharing 3D models.
- Yeggi - 3D model search engine.
- Cartesian Classroom - 3D modelling resources for education.
- NIH 3D Print Exchange - a collection biomedical 3D models that include, anatomy objects, proteins, cells and tissues.
Some museums are now making parts of their collections available as scans for home 3D printing.
Please note that not all of the scans available on these websites will be printable at the Library due to the time and complexity of the models.