3D models can be created and modified using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Modelling software.

3D modelling and CAD software are available via online portals or to download from Software at UQ.

Contact the Centre for Digital Scholarship for advice on choosing and using the 3D modelling software.


Autodesk has an extensive range of programs for CAD and 3D modelling. We recommend Meshmixer, an intuitive tool for 3D model sculpting, cleaning and designing.

Use Autodesk to:

  • create 3D models
  • customise existing 3D models

Access Autodesk software

Autodesk has free, educational and commercial versions available.

Training and guides


Sketchup is a simple 3D model drawing program.

Sketchup is good for:

  • designing
  • architecture
  • model designing

Access Sketchup

Sketchup is available in free and paid versions.

Download Sketchup - choose for educational use

Training and guides

Other 3D modelling software

TinkerCad - a browser based 3D modelling tool from Autodesk. Do the Learning Tinkercad course from Lynda.com

Blender -  is a free, fairly complex 3D modelling program with great functionality. Blender essential training course from Lynda.com

Meshlab - open source 3D model processing, editing and converting software. View Meshlab tutorials.