Model Sources & 3D Modeling Software

Just as there is a wide variety of 3D printers, there’s a wide variety of software you can use to create your 3D items. There are even libraries of free-to-use models ready to print and inspire your students.

For your first prints, rather than trying to create your own design, download some .stl files and try printing them.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most 3D printing enthusiasts will be glad to help you out.

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35 Websites To Download Free STL Models For 3D Printers

In addition to Thingiverse, there a wide variety of places on the Internet with .stl files ready-to-print.  learn more

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Fusion 360 Tutorials

David Wieland has put together an easy-to-follow set of tutorials for Fusion 360, hosted on YouTube. Geared to those creating 3D printable models, it allows you and your…  learn more

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List of 3D Modeling Tools

Includes a list of the most widely used tools for creating 3D item .stl files.  learn more

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Swag Paper Clip / Bookmark

Our webmaster created this K12IRC paper clip / bookmark to be given out at education conferences. It's a good introduction to what you can do using OpenSCAD. In…  learn more

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Don't want to create your own .stl files? Looking for project ideas or see how other people tackled things? Thingiverse is the go-to place for printed objects. Includes…  learn more

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Autodesk's Tinkercad makes a great classroom tool for 3D modeling. It's free to use, runs within your web browser (so there's nothing to install), and is beginner friendly,…  learn more

Concept To Finished 3D Print

There are 2 main steps to take your idea from concept to finished item. For each step, there are free and open source software options available. . The…  learn more

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BlocksCAD looks like a cross between the Scratch programming language and SCAD. You can use it "stand alone" to teach programming and math skills. Or combine it with…  learn more