3D Thursday – Useful Links For 3D Printing Crafters Part 2

July 6, 2017 — 1 Comment

So, free files galore in the last post however what if you want to design your own but don’t want to break the bank on high end design software? There is good news, there are a variety of free and budget priced design packages out there.

In this post I will be sharing some that I have tried out but this list is by no means the end of the road.

First up is 3D Builder from Microsoft. This design suite was included for free with the release of Windows 10.

It is very simple to use and I have already blogged about my use of it if you want to take a look.

Microsoft 3D Builder

The benefit of this software is that you don’t need to be connected to the internet to use it and also it uses basic shapes with which you can build up more complex designs.

Another great feature is that you can import 2D PNG images and convert them into 3D designs that can then be printed out, like sentiments for instance.

Next is Tinkercad.

With Tinkercad, you do need to go online and register for a free account.

It works in much the same way as 3D Builder by using various shapes to build more complex designs.

Tinkercad 3D Design Software

The rulers and the adaptable shapes are some of the things that make this unique.

Moving up a little in complexity brings us 3D Crafter. This one seems to move things on from basic shapes to start including more modelling options.


The only downside that I have spotted would be that you need to go for the paid ‘pro’ version in order to be able to export in a 3D printing format.

The next one is much more feature packed and is designed by Autodesk who deal with one of the most used 3D Design suites out there. The name of the next one is Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion360

Now, if you are timid with technology, this one is defo NOT for you.

It does however give you LOTS of cool professional level shaping and creating tools.

Think I am going to leave this list here as I don’t want to bamboozle you too much.

If you are interested in getting into 3D printing, you should be able to find good value options, along with relevant accessories, at the following retail outlets.


Let me know if you find one that you find very easy to use.

Thank you for stopping by and I will catch you again next week.

Bye for now,


One response to 3D Thursday – Useful Links For 3D Printing Crafters Part 2


    NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY SORT OF 3D WORK, or any type of work, just wishing you a very well earned holiday John. No doubt you will have a notebook with you just in case you have any ideas popping up in your relaxing brain. Have a good holiday John. Best wishes

    Joan x

    Sent from my iPad



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