3D Print Design Programs

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by Marshall, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Marshall
    Marshall New Member
    I am not a 3D designer myself, but I would like to learn of the program types and/or file types which are compatible with most 3D printers. A simple rundown of the common programs and file formats used would be wonderful.

    And, could someone with adept knowledge in a 3D modeling program such as Maya, easily adapt to the other program types used for 3D printing?

  2. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Hi Marshall,

    here's a list of supported applications:


    In my experience, using any 3D appication will provide you with a good understanding of the techniques. This is usually transferable to other 3D applications, which should make the transition a bit easier.

    Of course, you can just stick to Maya and use that to create models for Shapeways!