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Top 11 Best 3D Software For Beginner

Dec 01, 2020

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If you are a total beginner with no experience, 3D printing can seem hard, especially when it comes to using 3D software. Before creating their finished STL files, this may cause people to give up.

We created the following Top 11 3D apps for beginner listings to help you conquer this challenge and achieve your 3D printing goals.

This 3D programme can help you design the 3D model of your choice that you can then use to print your final component on your homemade FDM or SLA 3D printer.

1. Morphi

Morphi is a 3D tech app created by a New York company that was specifically designed for use on tablets. The app helps you to quickly build 3D models and includes a full catalogue with a large range of models that are decorative and practical.

Although the framework itself is free to open unique 3D models and application tools, you will have to pay. There is another edition only for this the Morphi Edu, which is priced at $4.99 for 20 downloads if you are interested in using this version in schools.

2. Blender

Blender has more affinity for game programmers and animators than you can expect from a 3D printing app, a little like Maya. The engineer-minded and most developers, however will be able to pick it up reasonably quickly. It's free of charge, so go for it.

Once you know what you are doing, Blender is a strong piece of software. The learning curve comes from an over-focus on shortcuts for keyboards.

It is right up there with the best 3D modelling tools for 3D printing as a modeller.

You can begin with pre-set mesh shapes, such as cubes and spheres, to your preference, which you can then mould and add.

It is easy to add text, patterns and writing to the main model, but watch out because not all 3D printers can handle small fine text.

3. BlocksCAD

This 3D software was originally designed for educational purposes, its development is done so that OpenSCAD, a more professional CAD software, can be used later by anyone.

Color blocks, reminiscent of the well-known building toys, LEGO, reflect the commands for the creation of the objects and their transformations.

The code of BlocksCAD is completely compatible with OpenSCAD, so you can give your models the last touch up. OpenSCAD or STL can be the export formats.

BlocksCAD has a Youtube channel with numerous 3D modelling videos and costs $149 a year to ensure that everyone can learn to use the programme.

4. Meshmixer

Meshmixer software is a member of the Autodesk software family of free CAD software. The Meshmixer is not a traditional CAD programme because from the beginning, it does not allow you to build your product.

Instead with animation, modelling, zippering, hole filling, hollowing, 3D surface stamping, and auto repair of pre-existing models that you change to make your own this app will support you.

5. Leopoly

Leopoly is a 3D modelling platform based on the cloud, created by the Hungarian startup, LeoPoly. It provides various options for modelling an object, both simple and easy to use, such as a library of available objects that can be personalised in terms of colour and text, and the user can also select the model from a file gallery generated by other users.

This 3D software is specifically intended for brands, engineers, developers, students and customers who are beginners in 3D modelling.

6. 3D Slash

Silvain Huet, who was influenced by his son playing the video game Minecraft, a game where you have to survive in a world set up with little squares, founded 3DSlash in 2013.

Like Minecraft, 3Dslash utilises the power of small blocks that you can either remove or use to help build your 3D model.

The app provides various tools to help shape your designs, including the ability to convert parts with just an image that you simply upload and trace from reality to 3D.

This software will help make the object reasonably precise with a resolution of up to 0.1 mm, allowing you to bring your artistic realities to life!


7. Clara.io

Clara.io is a full-featured, cloud-based 3D modelling, animation and rendering platform released by Exocortex that runs on your web browser.

Without downloading any software programmes, this cloud-based 3D modelling solution makes it possible to build complex 3D models, create stunning photorealistic renderings, and share them.

The learning curve is not too high which makes it acceptable for 3D modelling users who do not have much experience.

3D geometries are made up of various components in this software, known as components. Faces, Edges and Vertices are the three different elements.

8. Sculptris

To build a 3D model, Sculptris uses digital sculpting as the base. In other words, by forming any mesh with various brush strokes, you will be able to create your 3D models.

Creating your model will be similar to using modelling clay to shape an object. This programme begins as a sphere, so by stretching, digging, smoothing, etc the user can then model as they want.

When producing animated characters or video games, this makes it a perfect method. Sculptris belongs to Pixologic, Zbrush's developer.

Although this is a decent 3D app for beginners, you can still download it, but it might not be compatible with new operating systems. It is no longer in development.

9. Moment of Inspiration (MoI)

MoI is a programme that is available for both Windows and Mac and is particularly useful because it has been made very intuitive for the user interface.

Therefore for beginners or anyone dissatisfied with the complexity of existing CAD resources, it is a suitable 3D modelling programme.

Most users are either designers or artists, but the advanced Boolean functions of the programme also allow mechanical models to be produced. It costs $295 for a licence.

10. Vectary

Vectary is a 3D online modelling platform that allows you to create, share and customise 3D designs. Vectary is a blend of traditional mesh modelling, modelling of subdivisions and parametric plugins.

It was designed from scratch to make 3D modelling easy for beginners to use (but can also be useful to pros). Models are stored in the cloud, where users can access their creations very easily and share their models from anywhere in the world with any modern browser.

11. SketchUp Make

MoI is a programme that is available for both Windows and Mac and is particularly useful because it has been made very intuitive for the user interface. Therefore for beginners or anyone dissatisfied with the complexity of existing CAD resources, it is a suitable 3D modelling programme.

Most users are either designers or artists, but the advanced Boolean functions of the programme also allow mechanical models to be produced. It costs $295 for a licence.

It is a very flexible 3D app, a good choice for beginners who are serious about learning CAD, which maintains a good balance between usability and functionality.


Do you still need help choosing your 3D software? You can find our expert advice about choosing a 3D modeling software HERE. Let us know in a comment below