A guide to 3D Printing at Morris Library.
Tinkercad has a free version of its software that creates 3D digital models. This is a great program for beginners and is used in the web browser.
SketchUp Make is a free 3D drawing tool.
Blender is a free open source computer graphics software that can be used for 3D modeling.
Sculptris is a virtual sculpting program.
OpenSCAD is a free software to create solid 3D CAD objects.
Meshlab is an free open source program for processing and editing unstructured 3D triangular meshes.
Meshmixer is a free prototype design tool.
Netfabb is a free software that processes and repairs stl files to prepare them for 3D printing.
Thingiverse is a community to discover, make, and share 3D models. Users can download files of objects that others have made. Several of the objects can be customized and modified.
Yeggi is a search engine to find 3D printable objects.
Open repository of digital files suitable for 3D printing.
- Sketchup 3D Warehouse
Sketchup's design library of 3D models.
- Smithsonian X3D
Collection of 3D models of various artifacts from the Smithsonian Museums.
- NIH 3D Print Exchange
Search, browse, download, and share 3D biomedical printable models including custom labware.
- NASA 3D Resources (Beta)
NASA's 3D resources site that includes several printable models in .STL format.
- British Geological Survey
Site contains many 3D models of fossils. You can download an OBJ file to use in 3D printing.
Data Archive with hundreds of digital scans of fossils. Many files are in stl format and are free to download. Files come from institutions around the world.
Africanfossils.org has several 3D models of significant fossils and artifacts in categories such as hominids, animals, and tools. It is a partnership with Autodesk, National Geographic, the Turkana Basin Institute, the National Museum of Kenya, and Stony Brook University.
- The Collection - Art & Archaeology Museum
3D Scan project by artist Oliver Laric at The Usher Gallery at The Collection in Lincolnshire, UK.
- The Virtual Hampson Museum
3D scans of Native American artifacts from the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Wilson, Arkansas. OBJ files are included.
- The British Museum on Sketchfab
3D scans of artifacts at the British Museum in London.