With all the advances in the development of design creation, an object can be creating on almost any device. These application can be either installed on the device or be web-based. The web-based pages sometimes require browser plugins to work. For example, Tinkercad requires webGL to work properly. Some of the require Flash to work correctly. The applications are designed for a variety of levels of users. Some are basic trace and extrude builders, some are block building, and some are full design suite.




Install on computer

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123D Design
Shape-based design application that outputs to a STL file. You can also load in an SVG file and raise the height.
Mac and PC
Activities
Free with 123D account
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123D Make

Mac or PC
Activities
Free with 123D account

123D Catch
123D Catch allows you to create 3d objects from captured images. By collecting photos from all the way around an object the software stitches
Mac or PC
Activities
Free with 123D account

Mixmesher


Activities
Free with 123D account

Solidworks


PC
Activities
Paid License

Autodesk Inventor
Inventor 3D CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation.
Mac or PC
Activities
Paid License

Google Sketchup





K-3D

Mac or PC



OpenSCAD





Freecad
FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open source (LGPL license) and completely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.
Mac or PC
Activities
Open Source


Web-based

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CookieCaster
CookieCaster is a cookie/playdoh cutter creation app. The app has two modes. You can either free sketch or trace an image. Any JPEG can be upload into the web app. Use the Trace function to create the cutter. In the right side panel show the 3D view of the cutter that is being created. There are various thicknesses to pick from. Download the STL file and you are ready to print.
Activities
Free
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Tinkercad
Tinkercad is a geometric shape-based design site. You will need an account o access this site. all accounts are free.
Activities
Free
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Charmr
Charmr is currently a beta app on the 123D site. The web application allows a person to upload an image to the site to create a charm, a pendant or earrings. There are currently 5 shapes to select from. Click on the button and your charm is created. The charm can either be saved to a 123D account or you can download the printable file. The site offers you 4 files types to download.
Activities
Free
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Free
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Clara.io

Clara.io is a web based application that allows users to create, animate and render 3D content on any compatible device. It is created by Exocortex and their collaborators who are known for their creative plugins for Softimage, Maya and 3ds Max. With this application there is no need to download anything to your device. Users have access to many features including creating and animating objects through the web. Clara.io automatically saves all scenes changes to the server. Thus, the lastest version is always available from any device. Advanced versioning features allow any scene revision to be accessed. Clara.io is available from any WebGL enabled browser.
Activities
Free up to 5 GB of Storage
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3DTin






iOS-based

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Blokify
Blokify is a mindcraft type block creation app. It does have in-app purchases to access more blocks. There are 4 boards to start designing. The plates to build off of are in genres. They are castle, city, space and ocean. Each genre has its own set of blocks to go with the plate. The blocks can mixed on any plate.


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Activities

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Modio

Modio enables anyone to build, modify and 3D print amazing models using a desktop 3D printer.

In Modio you simply drag parts together and they snap into place, just like in reality. You can modify all the parts in Modio with fun surface textures and shapes to make your creations truly unique. All creations are fully pose-able and all the parts interchangeable both in the app and once 3D printed, allowing for unlimited play.

With Modio you can go big and print your creations in all kinds of sizes. All the parts in the app are designed for printing well using today's desktop 3D printers. Modio features a unique 3D printing visualization interface that allows you to determine the size and layout of all the parts on the print plate of your 3D printer to simplify the printing process.
Activities
Free
(for Limited time)
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Makerbot Printshop

MakerBot® PrintShop™ is a fun, easy, and free way to create and 3D print all kinds of cool things on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Create 3D designs without a learning curve with our easy-to use-tablet application, and wirelessly prepare your models for 3D printing on your Fifth Generation MakerBot Printer.

You can choose from customizable print tools and a variety of ready-to-print models:

Create 3D printed signs, letters, name plates, and more with Type Maker. Print your own ring, custom-fitted for your finger. We've all kinds of ring designs on deck, from baseball caps to coffee cups to crowns. Use the amazingly intuitive bracelet maker to design elegant 3D printable bracelets. Choose from a selection of handpicked designs from the Thingiverse community, optimized to print beautifully on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Want to reprint and item you created in Printshop? My Stuff serves as a library for your PrintShop designs, and syncs those designs to your MakerBot Cloud Library on MakerBot Desktop, so you can 3D print your favorite MakerBot PrintShop designs.

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Activities
Free
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Novo Modeler
With Novo Modeler you can create detailed and colorful structures, without being a architect or artist. Using just your finger, the app's groundbreaking physics engine will spin the Bezier Curves that you draw around an axis to make your Novo. Novo's can be easily exported to be 3D printed, or they can be emailed in a variety of formats

Features:
-Export as a .obj, .stl, .Novo, or .mtl
-A 12-Color Palette
-Share a picture of your Novo with friends
-Use a Novo to be 3D Printed
-Draw Straight, or Curved Lines

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Activities
$2.99
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Makers Empire
It allows for the creation of different 3D objects that can all be printed on a 3D printer. For the technically inclined - it outputs STL files (in-app purchase required).

Makers Empire Character - Create your girl, boy or troll exactly as you want them - lots of options to customize how they look as well as the ability to 'freeze' the pose you'd like for the print out!

Makers Empire Doodler - Draw on existing 3D objects and make them your own. It's easy - just select a model you'd like to doodle on and get creative.

Makers Empire Shaper - Make your own 3D objects from different shapes and text - it's so simple. You can arrange your objects on the build plate and check the height of each object by tilting the build plate and checking the side view.

Makers Empire Blocker - Build with bricks, blocks, and cubes, or all three. The shapes are simple but there are so many things you can build.

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Activities
$999 for 100 licenses
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Cubify Draw
Infinite, 3D printable content made simple - with the touch of a finger.

With Cubify Draw, you can scribble on your iPad and 3D print what you draw!

-Auto complete: Draw any shape and tap "Connect" Cubify Draw automatically connects the lines to make a sealed form.
-Trace: You can bring in an image from your iPad photo library to use as a background guide to trace. Take a photo of your child's favorite character, trace and make it a 3D printable toy.
-Fill: Tap "Fill" to make the outline you draw into a solid shape.
-Freehand mode: Just draw and 3D print. You can sign your signature with your finger and print it in 3D

Once you're done, your shape is automatically transformed into a ready-to-print 3D model. You can adjust the model to make its edges taller or thicker and create signs, keychains, holiday ornaments,pendants, and anything you can imagine!

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Activities
Free
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123D Design
With Autodesk 123D Design you can make your own products, parts, or creations. What you design is up to you.

How it works
  • Get started by choosing one of the basic shapes and then edit it to be just what you want.
  • Easily connect one shape to another to make more detailed creations. Objects snap naturally to the centers of faces.
  • The included parts and example projects are a fun way to play around with design ideas or get acclimated to design concepts.
  • Chose from one of the example kits and start building. Each part is editable so you can try out different ideas and make them your own.
  • Save your creations to My Projects, where you can easily access them in the 123D Design web and desktop apps.
Activities
Free
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123D Creature

Activities
Free

123D Catch

Activities
Free

123D Sculpt

Activities
Free

Origami Block

Create your very own 3D characters or objects by assembling 3D blocks.
After that, print unfolded pattern of your 3D models using a4 paper.
Make hand-crafted object by following the cutting and folding lines on the unfolded pattern!
You can also share your model in our online gallery to show them off to the world!

Craft your own avatars, objects, characters or models with our APP.
Endless possibilities here!

- Modeling tools. It's a true character editor software on your iPhone or iPad!
- Make model using paper craft.
- Save model.
- Share your creations with the entire world via the online gallery
- Download and modify users creations your way.

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Activities
$2.99


Android

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123D Catch



123D Sculpt

Create fantastic 3D sculptures with Autodesk 123D Sculpt+
Design your creation, then add detailed features or paint on skin, fur, feathers. Whatever you imagine. Export your finished sculpture as an image or 3D model and 3D print into a real sculpture!

• Create or sculpt anything - creatures, spaceships, vehicles, props and more directly on your device in full 3D.
• 3D texturing and painting lets you apply your own photos directly onto the surface of your model
• Easy to use yet extremely powerful skeleton builder makes creating 3D objects as easy as drawing a stick figure.

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SubDivFormer
What comes first in product design ? Concept, design, product form ? Product form is critical in times of demanding consumers and improving product ergonomics in all areas. Not every company is staffed with designer and design role can be passed on to chief engineer.
What software to opt for ? Design and CAD software packages are not good because of many reasons.Is there a way out ?
ASCON has developed a fantastic application for this purpose. To start conceptual design you do not need to be a professional designer, no need to pay for engineering house services or design in CAD software. Your inspiration coupled with SubDivFormer app for Android is the way to go!
If you are neither engineer nor designer then SubDivFormer application is a right choice for coming up with a model of special gift for your friends, kids, relatives. Need a creative interior item or plaything ? Make a model of it and send it for 3D-print.
Modelling functions.
How to form a model:
- Extrude, Intrude, Subdivide, Bevel, Bump, Split, Bridge, Merge, Delete, Move, Rotate and Scale

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ModelAN3D : 3D paint & AR

ModelAN3D is a simple application for modeling 3D objects. Model your objects in a 3D environment easily. Draw a line with your finger and the ModelAN3D’s winch will create an object turning your drawing. You can create 3D text with multiple sources, a frame with one of your phone's pictures, or you will be able to draw any shape and then this tool allows you to turn it into a 3D model. Create original images from your photos, and give them life in a simple to use 3D environment. You can also view your models using the Augmented Reality AR view (with time restriction in the free version).

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3D Design Repositories

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Description
Thingiverse
Thingiverse is a storage space that was created by Makerbot. The site is a community where designers can post their creations for others to download.
Grabcad
Grabcad is a storage site of community create designs.
NIH Medical Prints
NIH Medical Prints is repository for medical scans and designs. There are models of skulls, prosthetic hands and other items.
YOUMAGINE