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The following 3D modeling software are polygon-based. This means that they use an approach for creating 3D objects by representing their surfaces using polygons. Thus, they can be considered as great simulation software for creating animations. Though, they can be very useful to people who handle electronics, for purposes such as simulation of electronic components, texture implementation on 3D parts, animation and visualization of multiple parts etc.. So, if you are already familiar with some polygon-based 3D modeling software, it will be easy for you even to design some basic parts for electronics or creating simple enclosures.
Blender is a 3D modeling software that is widely used for the creation of 3D models and digital art. It is a design software that can also be used in the electronics’ design, with some restrictions. The main difficulty when using Blender for designing electronic components is its measurement tools. This 3D design software uses a system of measurement which is not based on a measurable unit. However, if the 3D part you design will be 3D printed or manufactured in any other way, it’s important to define a unit of scale. However, this software is a great choice for creating animations or simulations of how some of the parts may perform under given circumstances. As an example, the video below is an animated visualization of the flow of resistance (R) of some electronic components.
3DS Max is a 3D design tool can be used either by 3D designers coming from all engineering backgrounds or specifically electrical engineers. It offers several approaches for 3D design which can be adapted to everybody’s needs. It offers many tools to create and visualize 3D models, which is a very useful feature when designing an enclosure for electronics or an assembly of multiple objects. For instance, in the following video, we see the dynamic assembly of diverse electronic parts, wires and buttons.
We hope you find this guide useful to choose among the variety of the existing 3D design software for electronics.
Want to learn more about electronics? You can check out our blog post about 3D printing for electronics. Moreover, we encourage you to check out how to create plastic 3D printed enclosures for electronics in this article, prototyped with our online 3D printed service.
If you feel inspired enough to give shape to your next project related to electronics, feel free to browse our page dedicated to 3D Printing electronics and upload your 3D file!
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