Free 3D Modeling Software
These are some of our favorite 3D Modeling Software - and they are all FREE!
Tinkerplay- Free mobile app to design creatures and characters for 3D printing.
123D Design- Autodesk downloadable software offers great basic 3D modeling capability.
123D Catch- Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary 3D models.
123D Sculpt- Push, pull, pinch, paint, smooth, grab, tug. More funthan a Renaissance studio, cleaner than a box of mud. Available as a free download for iPad.
3DMTP- Innovative and automated solution which enables 3D printing of every model by 3D printers.
Art of Illusion- Open source multiplatform 3D modeling tool.
Blender- The most widely used Open Source 3D modelingtool,but beware, it has a steep learning curve.
Customizer- A simple way to make customized 3D Things thatyou can share, download and print.
Double Fractal- Easily creates high complex fractal images. Includes 3D prototypes.
FreeCAD- Comprehensive, but experimental open source CAD tool offering 2D, 3D and scripting.
Insight 3dng- Insight3dng is a fork of Insight3d. You can create 3D models from photos.
K-3D- Open source multiplatform 3D modeling tool.
MeshLab- A very useful Open Source multiplatform Mesh management tool. Fix broken models!
SketchUp- Another widely used multiplatform 3D tool; it is easy to learn but the free version has limitations.
MeshMixer- A 3D tool permits drag and drop recombinations of and repairs of STL files.
MiniMagics- Free .STL file view and repair tool (Windows), includes English, German and Japanese versions.
NetFabb- Commercial product focusing on preparing models for 3D printing (Free Basic version available).
OpenSCAD- An open source CAD program; uses a programmatic interface, not a visual interface, typically used for designing mechanical or engineering parts.
Sculptris- Free Windows-based free-form 3D modeling tool.
Tinkercad- Online 3D modeling tool with some interesting capabilities.