There many forms of 3D computer modeling software available these days, some have more features than others. However most of the more common tools found in modeling software are apparent in all applications.
Listed below are a few of the more common and easy-to-use products.
RS Components and Allied Electronics have given us this superb tool, helping you take your ideas from concept to creation. With DesignSpark Mechanical we aim to give every engineer the power to quickly design and change product concepts in 3D without having to learn complex traditional CAD software. In partnership with SpaceClaim we give you the power to start modelling your ideas instantly and have your prototypes 3D-printed the same day!
To find out more and to download this great product, click here.
Recently RS has introduced some add-on packages for DSM 2.0. I have listed the new packages below. Not sure why RS is selling products in UK in dollars.
INTRODUCING NEW ADD-ON MODULES:
Optional modules enabling you to use DesignSpark Mechanical to take your designs beyond the realm of creativity.
DS Mechanical Exchange – Enables seamless integration into existing design workflows through full STEP & IGES import, edit & export for production of final designs. Buy for only $795
DS Mechanical Drawing – Enabling changing of designs as well as offering the ability to create and modify geometry from within drawing views. Buy for only $795
Need both? Get the fully extended functionality all in one package with our bundle offer, turning DesignSpark Mechanical into a low-cost yet high performance 3D design solution for all your prototyping and production needs. This bundle features both the DS Mechanical Exchange and DS Mechanical Drawing modules. Buy both today for only $995
At RS Components and Allied Electronics we love helping you take your ideas from concept to creation. With DesignSpark Mechanical we aim to give every engineer the power to quickly design and change product concepts in 3D without having to learn complex traditional CAD software. In partnership with SpaceClaim we give you the power to start modelling your ideas instantly and have your prototypes 3D-printed the same day!
The easiest, fiercest 3D design tool around. Bought to you by Autodesk.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.
See why makers, students, and teachers all over the world are using Tinkercad.
No design experience required!
You don’t need to know CAD to make and 3D print awesome 3D models – just check out some of the user-generated designs below!
Project Shapeshifter is a free technology preview by Autodesk. It provides an easy way to create complex 3D Printable models in your web browser.
With a simple tweak of sliders, you can control the object’s shape and select a 3D pattern that wraps around it.
Just click here and use it for yourself. http://shapeshifter.io/
Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling software tool that has professional capabilities but is far more user friendly than other professional solid-body modeling packages. It is a relatively lightweight install (800 mb), runs on both Mac and Windows, supports easy file sharing, version control, import/export of common CAD file types, and has powerful parametric tools and analytic mesh tools that are well-suited to the challenges faced in designing low-cost prosthetics.
To find out more about this product you can view our Fusion 360 blog post or visit Autodesk Fusion 360 website.
This software like Fusion 360 is cloud based and can be run through a browser. This software has been developed by the makers of SolidWorks and some of the functionality is very similar.
6 Things You Need to Know
Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device.
Onshape uses cloud-native Documents, not files.
You create parts in Onshape Part Studios and can have as many Part Studios as you need in a single Document.
Onshape Assemblies use a new, simplified approach to mating parts.
Onshape changes the way you collaborate. You can instantly share Documents and simultaneously work with your peers.
Onshape streamlines data management with built-in version control.
Onshape Part Studios
You can create and edit component geometry in Onshape Part Studios. The modeling workflows are very similar to traditional CAD. However, there are new capabilities:
Part Studios allow you to build multiple parts together. Parts can share sketches or features and can be used to shape each other using boolean operations.
Version control is built into Onshape. When you reach a milestone in your design, you can easily create a protected version.
Every step of your design is recorded in Onshape. If you make a mistake, you can simply restore to any point in the design’s history.
You and your peers can simultaneously work on designing parts together.
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MoI’s sleek intuitive UI blends a fluid easy workflow with powerful tools, making it the perfect choice for someone who has been frustrated with the complexity of existing CAD tools.
MoI is also a fantastic complementary tool for a polygon-based artist since its CAD toolset and advanced boolean functions enable extremely rapid creation of mechanical or man-made type “hard surface” models. The icing on the cake is MoI’s unique polygon mesh export that generates exceptionally clean and crisp N-Gon polygon meshes from CAD NURBS models.
Pen-tablet friendly user interface.
MoI features a unique user interface that integrates particularly well with a pen tablet. Unlike most programs, you don’t have to constantly tap the Shift, Alt, or Control keys, so you don’t have to hover over the keyboard when using MoI. Also right-clicking tends to be awkward with a pen. MoI provides simple left-click methods for view manipulation functions that require right-clicking in other CAD programs.
High quality display on inexpensive cards.
MoI displays gorgeous anti-aliased curves even on low-end “gaming” video cards.