3D Modeling Software
We will use various programs to generate STL or OBJ files for 3D printing. Sketchup, Blender, Vectorworks, and Maya are useful for geometric, exact designs. Sculptris and Mudbox are useful for more organic digital sculptures. Some of these programs can also be useful for generating 2D images and exporting JPG, PNG, SVG, or PDF files for laser cutting or CNC machining.
- Sketchup Make
- Useful plugins – Solid Inspector, CleanUp, STL Import/Export, Slicer
- Pixologic Sculptris
- Autodesk Mudbox
- Autodesk Maya
3D Printers and Software
- Printers in the lab
- MakerBot Replicator 2X – We have two of these. Usually dissolvable filament will be loaded on the left spool and ABS plastic will be loaded on the right spool.
- FlashForge Creator Pro – Very similar to the MakerBot printers. We have one of these.
- MakerBot Desktop – takes STL or OBJ files and generates X3G files to be sent to the printer.
A couple of good open-source programs are Inkscape and gimp. Additionally, all school computers have the full suite of Adobe programs installed, including Illustrator and Photoshop. These programs will be useful for generating 2D images and exporting JPG, PNG, SVG, or PDF files for laser cutting or CNC machining.
CNC Machines and Software
- Machines in the lab
- Inventables X-Carve with 31″ x 31″ work area and 24V DC spindle
- Shapeoko 2 with 12″ x 12″ work area and Dewalt DW660 end mill
- Easel – this browser-based program will be our default for CNC work. Easel uses SVG files to generate toolpaths.
Laser Cutter and Software
Always follow all of the safety procedures posted in the lab and double-check that the material you are using is safe to cut.
- Laser cutter in the lab
- Boss LS-1630 with 60W laser
- No categories