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.
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