What are the best 3D modeling software for 3D printing?

asked by Petar Gašpar
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9 solutions
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    #1Blender

    Blender
    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Jacqueline Castillo
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "This seems to be too technical for me. I have no idea of what deep technical functionality it is going to do. But I am interested in the 3D printing even though I have not done even one of it."
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    #2Sculptris

    Sculptris
    Sculptris is a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling application where anyone can pick it up and play without any technical knowledge or digital experience. The skills acquired using this software can also be easily applied to ZBrush.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jack Murray
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "I love this app and I don't know anything about 3d rendering. I was able to create figures immediately, and I could rotate them, move them around, change textures and colors with no problem. When I started looking at sending things to a 3d printer, it started referring to ZBrush, which looks like a completely different tool... and that one costs money. It took away from my initial good feeling and it felt like I'd been handed a piece of trialware."
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    #3SelfCAD

    SelfCAD

    SelfCAD is a browser-based graphic design tool. It has features like 3D drawing, sculpting, slicing, shape generators, and other tools. It works on all modern browsers and is designed to be user-friendly.

    Online Tools

    $14.99- Varies by plan

    Sammy Ekaran
    Written on January 9, 2019
    "SelfCAD is a browser-based 3D modeling software that allows users to model, sculpt and print all under one program. Slicer is also part of the program to help you prepare your models for 3D printing."
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    #4SketchUp

    SketchUp

    SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is free 3D modeling design software which was developed by Trimble Inc. It is also available as a web-based application named SketchUp Free and paid version SketchUp Pro. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Johnny Hayes
    Written on June 14, 2018
    "Very decent modeling software that has a reasonable learning curve and a free version, for those not needing a more intensive experience. It helped me make quite a few models for my miniatures war-games and I'll definitely use it again."
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    #5Fusion 360

    Fusion 360
    Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free

    Hannah Hamilton
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "I use (well, actually, support) a lot of Engineers and we use quite a few Autodesk products and Fusion 360 is great for a variety of CAD drawings and it's nice because our Engineers can sign in and have this accessible the whole time they're working. It isn't cheap (but no CAD suites are) but you can download a free trial before purchase to allow your designers to try it out. It does a really great job on modelling and 3D printing; truly professional results. "
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    #6Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox is a 3D modelling and painting software. It was founded by artists from Weta Digital and is now being developed by Autodesk. Its stable version was released in 2015.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $80- Varies by Plan

    Jacob Andrews
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I'm getting into 3D printing and needed some software to help me create things. I'm not the most creative person, and this software didn't really help much. It's just not what I was looking for. The interface was not friendly or intuitive."
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    #7Adobe Dimension

    Adobe Dimension

    Adobe Dimension is a software by Adobe which allows users to texture and author the materials for 3D models made for games, advertisements, and many other forms of media. The software is also capable of creating real-life images in real-time.

    Software

    Windows

    $20.99- Varies by plan

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    #8Adobe Fuse

    Adobe Fuse

    Adobe Fuse is a software in its early beta stages developed by Adobe. The software allows users to create custom 3D characters from scratch for a variety of uses like games, entertainment, and/or advertisements.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

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    #9AutoCAD

    AutoCAD
    AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Brian Knight
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "AutoCAD is exceptional 3D software for 3D printing. Frankly, it's the best one around right now! I do a lot of 3D modeling for my business and the printing feature has always worked flawlessly. I also need to share those drawings using a variety of methodologies and I've found the ability to do so nearly effortless. I highly recommend this software!"

Summary

Best What are the best 3D modeling software for 3D printing
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlenderSoftware 8 Free
2SculptrisSoftware 5 Free
3SelfCADOnline Tools 3 Paid
4SketchUpSoftware 3 Free
5Fusion 360Software 3 Free
6Autodesk MudboxSoftware 0 Paid
7Adobe DimensionSoftware 0 Paid
8Adobe FuseSoftware 0 Free
9AutoCADSoftware 0 Paid
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