3D Modeling Software for 3D Printing

3D modeling softwares are programs designed to build 3D models of objects. 

Models in Blender 3D modeling software
3D models in Blender 3D modeling software

What is 3D modeling?

3D modeling is the modern way of sculpting objects, using special softwares and a virtual space instead of scalpel and hammer, which makes it faster and less dusty.

It is the process of representing a three-dimensional object in a mathematical way.

The models are then used in various fields, such as architecture or civil engineering, videogames, animation, simulation, but they can even be printed .

If there is an object you would like to have, a little component, a mobile phone cover, maybe an original present for your partner, stop waiting … make your 3D model on Sculpteo and we’ll print it for you and send it directly to your domicile!

You can make a functional part of a more complex object

3d Printed glasses
3D printed glasses

or something more personal, even clothes, actually whatever you like:

3D Printed clothes
3D Printed clothes

You can use the software you prefer for making your 3D models, there’s a bunch of them, that is why we prepared for you some tutorials through which you could discover some of them.

The non-exhaustive list below shows some of the most used ones (green color stands for free software).

For making wonderful animations:

  • ZBrush
  • 3DS MAX

For mechanical conception:

If you work in architecture:

You can find so many more, like

These programs will produce a 3D model file in different formats, such as STL OBJ, WRL consult  the list of the file formats we support in order to have your object printed!

Normally you would need to be sure your model file does not contain any error which could make it not possible for your file to be printed. You can also read our “Fix 3D File or 3D Printing” ebook .

Each 3D modeling program use a different approach on modeling, among which we could name:

  • Polygonal modeling: a series of points in the three-dimensional space are connected in order to form a Polygon

  • Curve modeling: different curves define the surfaces

  • Digital sculpting

  • Non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS): control points determine the shape of the surfaces

  • Constructive solid geometry: boolean operators indicate which objects to combine in order to create a more complex one

  • Implicit surface: it refers to surfaces defined by the means of a mathematical equation in Euclidean space

  • Subdivision surface: allows representing smooth surfaces with a recursive process subdividing each face of the base polygon into smaller faces

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