Getting Starting with 3D Modeling and Printing

3D Printing is a rapidly growing industry and everyone wants to get in on it. Many people want a 3D Printer but when you do not know how to use 3D modeling software such as Solidworks, Fusion 360, or Inventor how do you justify the cost? Getting started with 3D modeling is much easier than one would think. There is many free ways of getting the software if you are a student or educator. Our personal favorite is Fusion 360 because of the ease of use, cloud saving, and free cost for students. The link to download Fusion 360 is below!

Download Fusion 360 free here

There are many different tutorials on getting started with 3D modeling software. Most software is similar in functionality, so if you pick up one others should not be much different. One simple video we came across is shown below. It demonstrates how to insert an image, trace it, and then extrude it into a three dimensional object.

 

Source – Gears 2 Robots

Once you get your model completed and exported, it will need to find its way into a slicer program. There are many free options such as Cura, Repetier, or MatterControl. Some paid options are available as well such as Simplified 3D. These applications will convert your model into code that the 3D Printer can understand. You are able to control layer height, infill densities, printer speeds, and more within the software.

Modeling, exporting and slicing does not do anything unless you have a 3D Printer right? There are some very powerful printers for not much money now but you will not be sorry getting a more expensive machine if you have the room in your budget. Another post to follow with our favorite 3D Printers!

 

 

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