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ISU Libraries 3D Printing: Software and Training

Policies and procedures for using the 3D printer. Includes directions on obtaining and designing files for print and procedures for preparing and sending the print request.

Designing 3D Models

Have a great idea for your own mini figure? Has your thingamabob lost its doohickey? Need to create something unique for a school project? By using 3D design software, you can render your idea into a 3D model on the computer.

There are a number of different programs out there and they each offer unique features that may be helpful for you.  Some programs are geared towards beginners, while others are more difficult to use, but offer more advanced features.  Programs can also differ in their purpose.  Some are CAD software that focus on creating precise mechanical drawings, while others are more for creative 3D drawing such as designing action figures or unicorns.


Free 3D Design Programs

Listed below are some commonly used free software for 3D design. They range from beginner level to sites for digital artists and engineers.

Software for Purchase

Listed below are some common software programs used in 3D design available for a cost.

3D Print Preparation Programs

To ensure a quality print, it is a good idea to check your model for any errors. These programs will help you find any errors and fix them before you submit your print design to us.

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Online Tutorials

Most of the software sites have tutorials on how to use their product.  Listed below are some additional resources.


Brigham Young University Science & Map Department. (2017). 3D printing guide. Retrieved from

Gonzalez, S. R., & Bennett, D. B. (2016). 3D printing: A practical guide for librarians. London: Rowman & Littlefield.

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