What are the best 3D modeling software for 3D printing?

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asked by Petar Gašpar
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    Adobe Creative Cloud

    AC
    Andrew Chapman
    Written on October 3, 2018
    "The fact that I can have Lightroom on my phone to edit photos on the go before posting them is just fantastic! Plus, with one single monthly plan I get access to a ton of apps on my computer and phone which for me is essential since I work making movies, short films, and taking pictures!"
    1. 8
      Blender
      Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
      Software

      Mac, Windows

      Free

      JC
      Jacqueline Castillo
      Written on October 28, 2017
      "This seems to be too technical for me. I have no idea of what deep technical functionality it is going to do. But I am interested in the 3D printing even though I have not..."
      JC
      Jacqueline Castillo
      Written on October 28, 2017
      "This seems to be too technical for me. I have no idea of what deep technical functionality it is going to do. But I am interested in the 3D printing even though I have not done even one of it."
      TD
      Trishla Dasgupta
      Written on November 12, 2017
      "Blender is great. You can find it on Steam, which is really nice and it has a lot of uses for creating in 3D and the video editing options are impression."
    2. 5
      Sculptris
      Sculptris is a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling application where anyone can pick it up and play without any technical knowledge or digital experience. The skills acquired using this software can also be easily applied to ZBrush.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

      JM
      Jack Murray
      Written on October 27, 2017
      "I love this app and I don't know anything about 3d rendering. I was able to create figures immediately, and I could rotate them, move them around, change textures and colors..."
      JM
      Jack Murray
      Written on October 27, 2017
      "I love this app and I don't know anything about 3d rendering. I was able to create figures immediately, and I could rotate them, move them around, change textures and colors with no problem. When I started looking at sending things to a 3d printer, it started referring to ZBrush, which looks like a completely different tool... and that one costs money. It took away from my initial good feeling and it felt like I'd been handed a piece of trialware."
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      Danielle Edwards
      Written on November 8, 2017
      "I've only recently started experimenting with 3D printing, but I'm definitely enjoying Sculptris so far. It's letting me be really creative and it offers tons of useful tools. I recommend giving this program a try!"
    3. 4
      SketchUp

      SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is free 3D modeling design software which was developed by Trimble Inc. It is also available as a web-based application named SketchUp Free and paid version SketchUp Pro. 

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

      JH
      Johnny Hayes
      Written on June 14, 2018
      "Very decent modeling software that has a reasonable learning curve and a free version, for those not needing a more intensive experience. It helped me make quite a few models..."
      JH
      Johnny Hayes
      Written on June 14, 2018
      "Very decent modeling software that has a reasonable learning curve and a free version, for those not needing a more intensive experience. It helped me make quite a few models for my miniatures war-games and I'll definitely use it again."
      SG
      Scott Gardner
      Written on April 10, 2018
      "This is a well known design program. It is developed by google and supports 3d printing. It is well known and well regarded for this use."
    1. 3
      Fusion 360
      Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

      Free

      HH
      Hannah Hamilton
      Written on October 31, 2017
      "I use (well, actually, support) a lot of Engineers and we use quite a few Autodesk products and Fusion 360 is great for a variety of CAD drawings and it's nice because our..."
      HH
      Hannah Hamilton
      Written on October 31, 2017
      "I use (well, actually, support) a lot of Engineers and we use quite a few Autodesk products and Fusion 360 is great for a variety of CAD drawings and it's nice because our Engineers can sign in and have this accessible the whole time they're working. It isn't cheap (but no CAD suites are) but you can download a free trial before purchase to allow your designers to try it out. It does a really great job on modelling and 3D printing; truly professional results."
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      Tammy Parker
      Written on November 16, 2017
      "This software seems to be an excellent tool for 3D modeling used by students and professionals alike. It as a software provides more than just 3D printing."
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      AutoCAD
      AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, iOS

      Varies by plan

      BK
      Brian Knight
      Written on November 11, 2017
      "AutoCAD is exceptional 3D software for 3D printing. Frankly, it's the best one around right now! I do a lot of 3D modeling for my business and the printing feature has..."
      BK
      Brian Knight
      Written on November 11, 2017
      "AutoCAD is exceptional 3D software for 3D printing. Frankly, it's the best one around right now! I do a lot of 3D modeling for my business and the printing feature has always worked flawlessly. I also need to share those drawings using a variety of methodologies and I've found the ability to do so nearly effortless. I highly recommend this software!"
      MR
      Michael Reid
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "This is an awesome peace of software. There was a time when it was very complicated and you needed a degree just to use it. But now it's become usable enough for the regular Joe. I've had success with it so this solution is spot on."
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      Autodesk Mudbox

      Autodesk Mudbox is a 3D modelling and painting software. It was founded by artists from Weta Digital and is now being developed by Autodesk. Its stable version was released in 2015.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      $80 - Varies by Plan

      JA
      Jacob Andrews
      Written on April 25, 2018
      "I'm getting into 3D printing and needed some software to help me create things. I'm not the most creative person, and this software didn't really help much. It's just not what..."
      JA
      Jacob Andrews
      Written on April 25, 2018
      "I'm getting into 3D printing and needed some software to help me create things. I'm not the most creative person, and this software didn't really help much. It's just not what I was looking for. The interface was not friendly or intuitive."

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    Summary

    Best 3D modeling software for 3D printing
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Blender Software 8 Free
    2 Sculptris Software 5 Free
    3 SketchUp Software 4 Free
    4 Fusion 360 Software 3 Paid
    5 AutoCAD Software 1 Paid
    6 Autodesk Mudbox Software 0 Paid
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