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29 Jun 2018 2:42 p.m. PST
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wardog29 Jun 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

hi guys this question has probably been answered already but site search doesnt work for me
maybe a sticky going forward
question looking for free easy to use offline 3d printing software that will work with shapeway
i have a 3 view blue print that i want to make a 3d model of, also want use it to practice on so need software that i can import blueprint to ,what do you suggest

clibinarium29 Jun 2018 4:43 p.m. PST

Sketch-up. Free and the easiest to use.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

3D printing has two software stages, the CAD part and the slicer. It seems like you're talking about the design part, right? You want to produce the STL file?

TinkerCAD is also free and extremely easy, though also limited.

UshCha30 Jun 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

Shapeways recommends Blender, but its not for me. Alex of Shipyards uses Turbocad which is not that expensive. Me I use Rino its expensive but it handles curved surfaces far better than say TurbocaD, but it is more expensive. If you are doing buildings thEn cheap software is probably ok.

wardog01 Jul 2018 10:37 a.m. PST

thanks guys
ushcha no its not a building but a vehicle with wheels
maybe i need to start with a building ?

UshCha02 Jul 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

I would start with a simple shape first, a simple vehicle is ok one with lots of curves will be difficult. My fist one was a Unimog but I had done some CADDS before and it took me close on 16hrs because of the learning curve. If starting from scratch I would do a simple building.

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