Create a 3D file for a 3D printer:  Find the right Software

CREATE A  3D FILE

Find the modeling software you like and design your object for 3D printing


 

To print parts in 3D, you need a 3D file. But how do you create a 3D file ?

3D modeling software, or CAD, enable you to design your model for 3D printing. Below you will find a list of 3D software and applications currently used to design 3D files. Each software program or application presented has its peculiarities and is used for different kinds of 3D modeling (polygonal modeling, curve modeling, etc.).  We have selected software for you designed for professionals as well as those more suitable for beginners and amateurs. Engineers, designers, architects, students, professionals and individuals use these software to bring life to their ideas.

Whichever software you use, it is important to keep in mind that designing a 3D printable file requires special attention. To learn more and to ensure that you create a 3D file compatible with 3D printers, feel free to consult our "Properly preparing your file for 3D printing" tutorials as well as our modeling by material guides.

There are also other ways, like 3D scanning, to create 3D files. If you just want to personalise an existing 3D model or you’re looking for an alternative way to create your 3D file, feel free to consult our "Get a 3D Filesection. 


You will also find a few examples of 3D files below.

Free 3D Software and Applications

Blender

Very comprehensive open source modeling software, Blender also has a large support community and resources to help you take your first steps in 3D modeling.

Learn how to create your 3D print with Blender and Sculpteo

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Sketchup

Design software for amateurs and professionals alike, Sketchup provides  simple, intuitive modeling tools for designing in 3D.

Learn how to create your 3D print with Sketchup and Sculpteo

Available for Windows and Mac

MeshMixer

Offered by Autodesk, MeshMixer is modeling software featuring easy-to-use shape combining and 3D sculpture functions, as well as modeling tools adapted for 3D printing.

Learn how to create your 3D print with MeshMixer and Sculpteo

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Sculptris

Developed by the creators of ZBrush, Sculptris is modeling software featuring many 3D sculpturing tools.

Learn how to create your 3D print with Sculptris et Sculpteo

Available for Windows and Mac


Professional 3D Software

Rhinoceros

CAD software  developed by Robert McNeel & Associates, Rhino 3D uses the  curve modeling technique (NURBS). It is widely used, especially  in architecture, industrial design and jewelry design.   
Learn how to create your 3D print with Rhino 3D and Sculpteo

Available for Windows and Mac

SolidWorks

SolidWorks is professional CAD software based on the principle of parametric modeling. This software is published by Dassault Systems. It is widely used in the engineering industry. 

Learn how to create your 3D print with SolidWorks and Sculpteo

Available for Windows and Mac

Inventor

Created by Autodesk, Inventor is professional CAD software created for mechanical design, documentation and simulation of 3D products.

Learn how to create your 3D print with Inventor and Sculpteo

Available for Windows

Catia

Catia is very powerful professional CAD software developed and marketed by Dassault Systems. Catia is one of the most widely used 3D software programs in the industrial world.

Learn how to create your 3D print with Catia and Sculpteo

Available for Windows

Alias

Alias is  preliminary surface modeling and design software  developed and marketed by Autodesk. It is used in various industries such as automotive, marine and aeronautics.  

Learn how to create your 3D print with Alias and Sculpteo

Available for Windows and Mac

SpaceClaim

SpaceClaim is CAD software designed to improve and accelerate the design process by providing the user with simpler, more intuitive 3D modeling tools.

Learn how to Create your 3D print with SpaceClaim and Sculpteo

Available for Windows


Examples of 3D Files Printed in 3D by Sculpteo

Below you will find examples of objects designed with modeling software, or CAD, to be 3D printed by Sculpteo.