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The MakerLab

Your complete how-to guide for enjoying the Cline Library's MakerLab.

All About 3D Design

3D design is the process of using software to create a mathematical representation of a 3-dimensional object or shape. The created object is called a 3D model and these 3-dimensional models are used for computer-generated (CG) design.

3D Design Software

The Cline Library provides a number of software programs that allow you to design 3D models for 3D printing (Computer Aided Design software or CAD):

Tinkercad

A free and easy-to-use web-based tool for creating objects that are ready to be 3D printed. If you haven’t done 3D design before, this is a great place to start. Visit TinkerCAD.com to sign up for your free acount. 

SolidWorks

Available on the MakerLab computers. SolidWorks is a solid modeler which utilizes a parametric feature-based approach to create models and assemblies for a variety of engineering fields. This is a professional level software that requires advanced skill to operate. Available on the MakerLab computers. 

Blender

A free professional 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications, and video games. While Blender is primarily used for 3D computer graphics it can also be used to create 3D meshes for 3D printing.

AutoCad

Available on the MakerLab computers. AutoCAD (by AutoDesk) is a 2D and 3D drafting program used for engineering and manufacturing applications such as structural blueprints, architectural models, and mechanical assemblies. This is a professional level software that requires advanced skill to operate. Available on the MakerLab computers.