Resource Guide

Due to lower production and development costs every year, 3D printers are becoming more affordable and user friendly allowing the average person to create and print their own 3D models from simple toys and jewelry to more sophisticated projects. Entrepreneurs have even used 3D printing to market and sell their own creations to the general public. In regards to education, individuals also benefit by learning the design processes involved in creating their 3D model, including aspects of architecture, graphic design, and engineering. 


Below is a list of links and resources to help you get started with 3D printing and 3D modeling.


Learning Resources

  • This is the website of the brand of printers we use at our libraries. 

  • Click here to learn more about what this brand has to offer. 
    You can also find a free downable slicer for 3D printing. It is the same one we use at the library. 

    • One of the first free browser-based 3d modeling programs specifically made for 3D design.
       Great for those who are new to 3D design.  

Pre-Made Models

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    • Many 3d printing enthusiasts and hobbyist upload their ready to print models on this site. 
      Feel free to find something you like to get printed and send it to us to see your digital file come to life.


  • www.vectary.com 
  • An online, browser-based, 3D modeling program. Great for those at the intermediate level of 3D design/modeling 

  •  A great resource to get started with sculpting. This virtual sculpting software program has a primary focus on the concept of modeling clay. 

  • An industry standard 3D modeling program used by AAA studios and the like. This program is for pros who need all the extra feature to help your thoughts come to life. Some prep work is necessary to properly convert your files into 3D printing.   

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Modeling Software Links 

  • Free 3D modeling software that lets you create and export your own 3d models for printing purposes. The software is geared more towards CAD aspects rather than an artistic program. Meaning you will need to know the exact dimensions for each extrusion and cut when creating your designs.  

  • cloud-based CAD system that is perfect for agile product design. Multiple persons can work on one design at the same time. So, if you and your friends want to create an object feel free to use this resource. 


  • Is a very useful 3D modeling program that lets you create objects, including prototyping and architectural design. 


  • Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out some doodles–Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life. Great for those who are new to 3D design.



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* NOTE: Please keep in mind the sites listed above do not reflect a complete list of resources involved in 3D printing and design. If you find a site that you think should be added to this list, please bring it up to staff  for review.