Every digital thing in the world needs a program or software that acts as its control panel. Computers and mobile phones are one thing, even the large-scale manufacturing machines of some of the biggest manufacturers of the globe run on software programs. In this article, we are not going to talk about the biggest manufacturers; instead, we are going to talk about a popular manufacturing process, 3D printing.
To use 3D printers and make all sorts of stuff, there is a need for a 3D printer, and more importantly, a 3D printing software. A 3D printing software help manufacturers control every aspect of the 3D printing and manufacturing process. From the initial design to the final product, 3D printing software is integral.
3D printing started way back in the 1980s, but the recent technological advancements improved the whole process. Better quality of raw material and printers; and much better control over the whole process thanks to the 3D printing softwares, aka G-Code. In this article, we are going to talk about different 3D printing software for beginners.
Why beginners? because 3D printers have now gotten quite affordable, and people buy them out of curiosity but fault to understand and use them. With these 3d printing softwares, even beginners can use these futuristic machines and make all sorts of stuff. So, let’s see FOUR 3D printing softwares that are very suitable for beginners:
Morphi is a 3D printing software and app. A New York startup made Morphi as a beginner tool for 3D printing. They even made a Morphi Edu version for use in schools and colleges for students. You can use it on your Windows PC or laptop, MacBook, and even android tablets. The software-cum-app has a huge library with various models. The basic app is free, but it comes with in-app purchases.
BlocksCAD is a novice-level version of OpenSCAD. Think of it as a building block toy that you use before buying a LEGO set. BlocksCAD has a color-coded scheme that makes it easier for the user. The best thing about BlocksCAD is its compatibility with OpenSCAD. All the designs you make in BlocksCAD will move effortlessly into OpenSCAD so you can apply the finishing touches before putting the design into your 3D printer. To make sure everyone can master BlocksCAD, they even have a YouTube channel with loads of tutorial videos.
Developed by a Hungarian company of the same name, LeoPoly is one the best cloud-based 3D printing software for beginners. It has an extremely simple and easy-to-use interface that makes it a great choice for 3D modeling students and developers. You can easily customize things like design, shape, color, and text in LeoPoly. Because it is could-based, you can also see designs from other users to take inspiration.
3D Slash is the easiest to use out of all the FOUR 3D printing softwares that we mentioned above. Silvain Huet took inspiration from the video game Minecraft and how people could build almost anything using small blocks. In 2013, he launched 3D Slash, in which you can use small blocks to design and then print any 3D object. 3D Slash also allows you to print an object by uploading a picture and then tracing it, which is why it is extremely popular among beginners.