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3D Printing @UofMLibraries

Guide to the 3D Printing Lab at the University of Memphis

Free CAD Software

Sketchup - Make: 

The free version of Sketchup, Sketchup Make is a great beginners tool for 3D Computer Assisted Design. 

Steps to Use:

  1. Download Sketchup Make
  2. Follow instillation instructions
  3. Download the STL Importer/Exporter
  4. Import STL files from Thingiverse, Makerbot Digitizer, etc.
  5. Edit Files
  6. Export as 3D model in .obj file type

Sculptris Alpha Six

3D design software for the more artistically inclined. Great for making sculptures from the ground up.

Steps to Use:

  1. Dowload Sculptris Alpha Six
  2. Design your file (.obj files can be imported)
  3. Export completed design as .obj

 

Blender

Blender is the most advanced of the free CAD programs. If you are comfortable with 3D Design this is the software for you

Steps to Use:

  1. Download Blender
  2. Design your file (.obj files can be imported)
  3. Export completed design as .obj