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Top 11 Best 3D Software For Beginners

Published on September 11, 2020 by Alexandrea P.
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3D printing may seem difficult if you are a complete beginner with no experience, especially when it comes to using 3D software. This can cause people to give up before creating their finished STL files. To help you overcome this challenge and achieve your 3D printing goals, we created the following Top 11 3D software for beginners listing. These 3D software will help you design the 3D model of your choice, which you can then use to print your final piece on your FDM or SLA 3D printer at home! These 3D software may not always include a slicer or repair tool in them, so if you are looking for software specifically to slice or repair your file, we also have you covered!

1. Morphi

Developed by a New York startup, Morphi is a 3D software app that was specifically designed for use on tablets. The app allows you to create 3D models in a simple way and contains a complete library with a large number of decorative and functional models. While the application itself is free, you will have to pay to open specific 3D models and application tools. If you are interested in using this version in schools, there exists another version just for this, the Morphi Edu, which is priced at $4.99 for 20 downloads. You can find more information HERE.

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2. BlocksCAD

This 3D software was specifically created for educational purposes, its development is done so that anyone can later use OpenSCAD, a more professional CAD software. The commands for the development of the objects and their transformations are represented by colour blocks, reminiscent of the well-known construction toys, LEGO. BlocksCAD’s code is fully compatible with OpenSCAD’s so you can give your models the last touch up on there. Export formats can be OpenSCAD or STL. To make sure that anyone can learn to use the software, BlocksCAD has a Youtube channel with different tutorials on 3D modeling and costs $149 a year. Find more information HERE.

3. Leopoly

Leopoly is a cloud-based 3D modeling software that was developed by the Hungarian startup, LeoPoly. Both simple and easy to use, it offers different options when modeling an object, such as a library of available objects that can be customised in terms of color and text, and the user can also choose the model from a gallery of files created by other users. This 3D software is mostly aimed at  brands, designers, developers, students & consumers that are beginners in 3D modeling. You can find more information HERE.

4. 3D Slash

3DSlash was created in 2013 by Silvain Huet,  who was inspired by his son playing the video game Minecraft, a game where you have to survive in a world set up with little squares. 3Dslash, like Minecraft, uses the power of little blocks that you can either delete or use to help create your 3D model. The software offers different tools to help shape your designs, including the possibility to transform parts from reality to 3D with just a picture that you simply upload and trace. With a resolution of up to 0.1 mm, this program will help make your object fairly accurately, enabling you to bring your creative realities to life! You can find more information HERE.

5. TinkerCAD

This is a free online 3D modeling software from Autodesk, it is geared towards complete beginners. The software features an intuitive block-building concept, allowing you to develop models from a set of basic shapes. The online software comes with a library of millions of files that users can use to find shapes that suit them best and manipulate them as they wish. It also has a direct interaction with third party printing services. It’s a quite simplistic program and will have limitations for some designs. However, it is aimed mostly at people with no experience whatsoever with 3D modeling for 3D printing. Find more information HERE.

6. Clara.io

Clara.io, released by Exocortex, is a full-featured cloud-based 3D modeling, animation and rendering software that runs in your web browser. This cloud-based 3D modeling solution enables to make complex 3D models, create beautiful photorealistic renderings, and share them without installing any software programs. The learning curve is not too steep, which makes it suitable for users that do not have much experience with 3D modeling. On this software, 3D geometries are made up of different elements, known as components. The three different components are Faces, Edges and Vertices. On the Clara.io website, you will find the resources necessary to learn more about how to model on this software.

7. SketchUp Make

Sketchup Make (formerly known as SketchUp) was designed in 2000 by LastSoftware for use in architectural design, it is now owned by Trimble Navigation LLC. The Sketchup program is free and offers simple tools for a wide spectrum of users: makers, architects, designers, engineers and builders. This program allows you to sketch up your ideas easily into a 3D model. Before starting your creation, you can select a template that will guide you throughout the modeling process. It is a very versatile 3D software, that maintains a good balance between usability and functionality, a good option for beginners that are serious about learning CAD. You can find more information HERE.

8. Sculptris

Sculptris uses digital sculpting as the basis to create a 3D model. In other words, you will be able to create your 3D models from shaping any mesh with different brush strokes. Creating your model will be similar to shaping an object using modeling clay. This software starts as a sphere, then the user can then model as they wish by stretching, digging, smoothing, etc. This makes it an ideal tool when creating animated characters or video games. Sculptris belongs to Pixologic, the creator of Zbrush. While this is a good beginner 3D software, it is no longer in development, you can still download it but it might not be compatible with new operating systems.You can find more information HERE.

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9. Moment of Inspiration (MoI)

MoI is a software that is available for both Windows and Mac, and is particularly useful because the user interface has been made very intuitive. Therefore, it is a suitable 3D modeling software for beginners or anyone frustrated with the complexity of existing CAD tools. Most users are either designers or artists but the software’s advanced boolean functions enable the creation of mechanical models too. The licence costs $295.

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10. Vectary

Vectary is an online 3D modeling tool with which you can create, share and customise 3D designs. Vectary is a combination of standard mesh modeling, subdivision modeling and parametric plugins. It was built from scratch to make 3D modeling easy-to-use for beginners (but can also be useful to pros). Models are saved in the cloud, where they are accessible through any modern browser, users can access their creations very easily and share their models from anywhere in the world. You can find more information HERE.

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11. Meshmixer

The Meshmixer software is a free CAD software part of the Autodesk software family. The Meshmixer is not a typical CAD software, as it does not allow you to create your product from the beginning. Instead, this software will help you with animation, modeling, zippering, hole filling, hollowing, 3D surface stamping, and auto repair of pre-existing models that you modify to make your own. You can find more information HERE.

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Do you still need help choosing your 3D software? You can find our expert advice about choosing a 3D modeling software HERE. Let us know in a comment below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages if the listing above was useful! Don’t forget to sign up for our free weekly Newsletter, with all the latest news in 3D printing delivered straight to your inbox!

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  1. Christina says:

    For kids/students in grades K-8, may I suggest Makers Empire? Our 3D modeling software has been designed for elementary, primary and middle school students and works on all computers and devices, including iPads.

    Makers Empire 3D is free for individuals while schools can purchase a class or school subscription that comes bundled with lesson plans aligned to American, Australian and international teaching standards, professional development, class management tools, in-built student assessment, resources, training and support.

    https://www.makersempire.com

  2. Arunava Dasgupta says:

    I want purchase 3D Natives Software for making 3D pictures as example Earth, Occen, Space, Sun, Moon, Different Plants, Rivers etc etc. Kindly mail me with Price and Commercial Terms & Condition for Best 3D Software.

  3. Phil N says:

    I’ll add 3D-Coat and LightWave 3D.

  4. ekaran says:

    Thank you so much for publishing this content. It’s educative. Though I think SelfCAD https://www.selfcad.com should also be in the list.

  5. Moses Nguyen says:

    Thank you for preparing this. The programs listed are great. Though SelfCAD is missing. An online 3D modeling software for beginners. https://www.selfcad.com

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  7. Sarfraz Khan says:

    Well, is Sculptris a good software for making a 3d model of a gaming PC? I own a pc website so, I wanted to use it for featured images that should be unique.

  8. Gaurav Verma says:

    For Beginner these software ok. But for Professional work , you can’t use them. No one use these software professionaly. If you want to passionate about 3d , you need to learn 3ds, maya, substance painter, marmoset toolbag, zbrush or Mudbox etc

  9. Gaurav Verma says:

    I think , you shoud also included blender, a great open source free 3d modeling software for beginners

    these software also good for beginners artist but later on artist need to move on 3ds max or maya.

  10. Gaurav Verma says:

    I am looking for 3d printing software . So, i search on google for printing software, and i found your article , it’s very usefull for me or any newbee. Thanks for sharing .

  11. RBox says:

    Agreeing Blender should be included. A person could start on Blender and learn important modeling concepts using this full-featured tool, then continue to use it for years.

  12. Alo Molder says:

    Maybe for printing you need use OpenSCAD?

  13. Hanna says:

    Hello!
    Could anyone recommend a 3d software for creating my own models (human-shape) that I later can export as 2d images and videos, its for making exercise tutorials.

  14. Ludde Lund says:

    I would like to add then that Blender is NOT the ideal 3D modelling for beginners. It’s an intermediate/advanced user modeling/rendering, a full replacement/alternative to industry standards as c4d studio max. Allthough not said that is IS’NT for beginners. If you have a decent understanding of CAD and modelling in 3d. And if you want something to challenge you, it will be very rewarding to learn it. The plus is that there a plethora of tutorials since its open source so lack of information will not be your enemy here. The UI is fairly advanced and last time i used it, also not so pretty.

  15. Ally says:

    Thanks for sharing this list!
    I would also add SelfCAD (selfcad.com). It has great features and you can get the full feature set for $14.99 per month. They also have free pricing tier which makes it great for beginners.
    Also, It works in the browser! I honestly will probably move most of my work to web based software, it’s just much more convenient.
    The learning curve is not steep and they have youtube videos (SelfCAD) that beginners can follow along with to get familiar.

  16. This could include Curvy 3D, a sketch based modeller and sculpting program combined. Much easier than the likes of Maya or ZBrush, and very suitable for beginners with an interest in 3D. http://www.curvy3d.com

  17. Megan says:

    I have been searching for resources to learn the various aspects of CG and the 3D industry. I’ve played with modeling in Blender a bit, making the jump to 3D hasn’t been all that hard with the immense community and support forum. Literally, any time I want to set up a shader or can’t quite get topology right there’s a guy on YouTube smarter than me to teach me how to do it. Would you consider making a video about an animator’s approach to workflow, or even the theory of weight painting?

  18. A C says:

    Try Art Of Illusion.

  19. Shab Bhat says:

    I am into 3D printing service and i have some experience with TinkerCAD and SketchUp Make. i would definitely give other software a try.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. KHUSHRU GOTLA says:

    Hi
    Any ONLINE TUTORIALS for Learning these Softwares
    Kindly inform
    Thanks

  21. Nitin Appasaheb Patil says:

    Thanks for sharing . Knowledge shared is knowledge gained in multiples …indeed a good source of information for all the startups looking out for do your own practical solutions to get their ideas visualised for all

  22. Wilenton Paulzin says:

    I’ll Make My Own 3D Character

  23. David says:

    Thanks for your review! I started learning Fusion 360 myself.

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