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A guide to 3D Printing at Morris Library.
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3D Modeling Software & Free Models Print Page

Free 3D Software

  • Tinkercad
    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
    SketchUp Make is a free 3D drawing tool.
  • Blender
    Blender is a free open source computer graphics software that can be used for 3D modeling.
  • Sculptris
    Sculptris is a virtual sculpting program.
  • OpenSCAD
    OpenSCAD is a free software to create solid 3D CAD objects.
  • Meshlab
    Meshlab is an free open source program for processing and editing unstructured 3D triangular meshes.
  • Meshmixer
    Meshmixer is a free prototype design tool.
  • Netfabb
    Netfabb is a free software that processes and repairs stl files to prepare them for 3D printing.

Museums with Collections on

Object Repositories / Communities

  • Thingiverse
    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
    Yeggi is a search engine to find 3D printable objects.
  • Repables
    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.
  • MorphoSource
    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.
  • 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.

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