In order to print your model, our print processing software needs you to submit a solid, manifold (Bethel only link) or watertight STL-formatted file. The software you use to create your model is largely up to you -- the tools featured below are intended to get you started, using common and/or readily available software and hardware. If you are already experienced in 3D modelling using more advanced tools, you can still use these as well as long as your final model is a solid, closed-surface STL (.stl) file. When your model is ready, head to the Request a Print page to upload your file.
The maximum dimensions of the build area are: 298mm x 275mm x 250mm (11.7in x 10.8in x 9.8in). Be advised these are the maximum dimensions for your reference; an item approaching 2 or three of these maximum dimensions may be impractical to complete due to time and/or cost. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Below are a few options to create a simple model using each piece of software below or to find one that someone else has already made. Once you know the basics you can build on your own or follow more advanced tutorials as you grow in your abilities.
|Download a Model||Tinkercad||123D Design|
|SketchUp||Other Software Options||3D Scanner|
SketchUp is an easy-to-use software package that allows you to build digital models from scratch, rather than starting by "capturing" physical objects. The user interfaces and modelling techniques are intuitive and simplified versions of those found in more advanced modelling software, making it a good stepping stone toward the next levels of digital modelling.
Free K-12 version, Pro version (subscription)