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The Best 3D Design Software for 3D Printing

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE GREAT 3D DESIGNS FOR 3D PRINTING?

We've compiled a curated list of all the different design suites out there. The software suites listed on this page are used extensively in the world of 3D printing. Whether you are just starting out with CAD design, or are an experienced designer looking to take things to the next level, you'll find something to suit your needs on this page. Look out for a star to see the software recommended by MyMiniFactory. If there is software you use that is not on the list, please contact us.

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 Tinkercad

Tinkercad
[Kids]

Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad, and upload directly to MyMiniFactory!

Designed with Tinkercad
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 Vectary

Vectary
[Modeling]

Create, Share and Customize 3D Models Online. Free, browser-based 3D modeling tool and sharing platform.


Designed with Vectary
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3D Slash

3D Slash
[Kids]

Everything about 3D Slash is just easy to understand. Very intuitive, "Minecraft" style 3D design tool. You can upload directly to MyMiniFactory from 3D Slash.

Designed with 3D Slash
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Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360
[Design]

It's the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

Designed with Fusion360
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Blockscad

Blockscad
[Kids]

New to the world of coding and design? Learn how to create 3D designs with this accessible web-based software.


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Doodle3D

Doodle3D
[Kids]

Doodle3D is a Kickstarter funded app for desktop and tablet. This fun and easy-to-use software will enable you to convert 2D pictures and drawings into 3D designs.

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Gravity Sketch

Gravity Sketch
[3D]

Have fun designing 3D models and then share your creations with Gravity Sketch, a great tool for anyone wanting to experience Virtual Reality!

Designed with Gravity Sketch
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Leopoly

Leopoly
[Design]

Leopoly provides software solutions making it easy to step into VR, AR and 3D.



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Oculus Medium

Oculus Medium
[Sculpting]

Oculus Medium is an immersive VR experience that lets you sculpt, model, paint, and create tangible objects in a VR environment.

Designed with Medium
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Polybrush

Polybrush
[Modeling]

Great software for modeling, sculpting and 3D concept art, Polybrush is a powerful tool for artists.


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SelfCAD

SelfCAD
[Design]

Its main mission is to make 3D designing and printing accessible to everyone, from the beginner to the better CAD designer.


Designed with SelfCAD
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Windows 3D Builder

Windows 3D Builder
[3D]

3D Builder is Window's own journey into 3D. 3D Builder comes native to Windows 10 and includes an intuitive design tool as well as built in slicer.

Designed with Windows 3D Builder
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Zotebook

Zotebook
[Design]

Zotebook is an iPad interface to convert rough hand drawn sketches into precise drawings, and to export SVG and PDF for laser cutters, or STL for 3D printers.

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3DC

3DC
[Design]

3DC is an easy-to-use 3D design software for mobile platforms. You can download it for free on the Apple Store and Google Play.

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AB3DLabs

AB3DLabs
[Design]

AB3DLabs develop software products enabling you to convert 2D drawings into 3D models, edit and draw 3D shapes, and import and export 3D objects.

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ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD
[Architecture]

ARCHICAD 19 is one of the fastest and most enhanced 3D architectural software on the market.


Designed with ArchiCAD
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Autodesk autoCAD

Autodesk autoCAD
[Architecture]

AutoCAD software for 2D and 3D CAD is engineered for the future. Collaborate across desktop, cloud, and mobile. Includes AutoCAD 360 Pro.

Designed with AutoCAD
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Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor
[Animation]

Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.

Designed with Autodesk Inventor
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Blender

Blender
[Animation]

Blender is the open source 3D creation suite. You can realise modeling, rigging, animation, rendering, motion tracking, video editing, game creation and so on.

Designed with Blender
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BricsCAD

BricsCAD
[Engineering]

Bricsys creates .dwg engineering design software with friendly licensing and industry leading support at a fair price.


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CATIA

CATIA
[Engineering]

CATIA is the World's Leading Solution for Product Design and Experience. It is used by leading organizations in multiple industries.

Designed with CATIA
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Creo Parametric

Creo Parametric
[Animation]

Creo is a family or suite of design software supporting product design for discrete manufacturers and is developed by PTC.


Designed with Creo Parametric
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Cubik Studio

Cubik Studio
[Modeling]

Cubik is a great tool for developers and artists to design cuboids, optimize voxels, combine both and share their creations.


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Figuro

Figuro
[3D]

Figuro is an online 3D design tool for beginner- to intermediate designers. You can work with predefined shapes or create your own easily. (still in beta)

FreeCAD

FreeCAD
[Modeling]

FreeCAD is a parametric tool to design real-life objects. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history.

Designed with FreeCAD
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Geomagic Freeform

Geomagic Freeform
[Engineering]

The most comprehensive organic 3D tools. It combines touch-based 3D sculpting, surfacing, scan processing, interoperability, etc.

Designed with Geomagic FreeForm
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Geomagic Sculpt

Geomagic Sculpt
[Sculpting]

Geomagic Sculptâ„¢ is a simple, fast yet sophisticated precision voxel 3D sculpting and modeling software solution.


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Makers Empire

Makers Empire
[Kids]

Makers Empire is a great way for kids to learn 3D design with more than a hundred lessons for beginners.


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Makerscad

Makerscad
[Kids]

Makerscad is an easy-to-use software to learn computer programming, create 3D objects or even games!

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MakeVR

MakeVR
[Design]

Experience 3D design in virtual reality with MakeVR by Sixense, a unique way to give life to your ideas.


Designed with MakeVR
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Meshmixer

Meshmixer
[3D]

Meshmixer is an awesome free tool for remixing and customising 3D designs. The "Swiss Army Knife" for 3D meshes.


Designed with Meshmixer
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Metasequoia

Metasequoia
[3D]

Metasequoia 4 provides two editions; a Standard for beginners, and professional of 3D modeling.


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Morphi

Morphi
[Kids]

Morphi is an application that allows you to create designs for 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, animation and more, from your computer or tablet.

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Onshape

Onshape
[Design]

Onshape is the first full-cloud based 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team simultaneously work together via a web browser (phone or tablet).

Designed with Onshape
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OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD
[3D]

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Designed with OpensCAD
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Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC
[Design]

Create and enhance your photos, images, 3D artwork, and more with Adobe Photoshop CC, the world's best imaging and photo editing software.

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Rhino3D

Rhino3D
[Animation]

Rhinoceros is primarily a free form surface modeler. Rhinoceros' application architecture is modular and enables the user to customize the interface.

Designed with Rhino3D
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SculptGL

SculptGL
[Sculpting]

SculptGL is a small sculpting application powered by JavaScript and webGL.



Designed with SculptGL
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Sculptris

Sculptris
[Sculpting]

Focus as an artist on pure creativity. Enter Sculptris, a fun and engaging way to start off your digital sculpting journey!


Designed with Sculptris
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Shapr3D

Shapr3D
[Design]

Shapr3D is an easy-to-use professional 3D CAD, running exclusively on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.


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Sketchup

Sketchup
[Modeling]

SketchUp is 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and incredibly fun to use. Download SketchUp today for free and get started designing in 3D.

Designed with Sketchup
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Solid Edge

Solid Edge
[Design]

Solid Edge is a portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of the product development process.

Designed with Solid Edge
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SolidWorks

SolidWorks
[Design]

Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS Corp. develops and markets 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software.

Designed with SolidWorks
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Solidworks Apps for Kids

Solidworks Apps for Kids
[Kids]

Solidworks Apps for Kids is an easy tool to discover the world of 3D design and experience new technologies.

SpaceClaim

SpaceClaim
[Modeling]

SpaceClaim, the leading provider of 3D Modeling software, have developed on of the fastest ways to create, edit, and repair 3D models.

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VectorWorks

VectorWorks
[Design]

Vectorworks, Inc. 2D 3D CAD BIM software for Mac or Windows allows designers to transform the world. Project sharing makes it easy.

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Voxelise

Voxelise
[3D]

Voxelise simplifies the 3D modeling process using versatile little cubes called voxels.


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Wings 3D

Wings 3D
[Modeling]

Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use.


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ZBrush

ZBrush
[Sculpting]

ZBrush is one of the world's leading 3D sculpting tools. A professional suite designed to allow the fluid creation of 3D sculptures.

Designed with ZBrush
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