The next step for printing 3D objects was to fine some 3D design software that support .STL or .OBJ files. There are a lot of free software available for 3D design. However, I am very warily of “free” software since a lot of “free” software (especially game software) comes with viruses, Trojans, and other nasty things.
I found four that was worth looking into deeper.
- Tinkercad (https://www.tinkercad.com/): It is owned by Autodesk. Autodesk has been around for a long time.
- Google Sketchup (http://www.sketchup.com/): Do I really want to install another Google product. However, looking at the site, there was not direct indication it was owned by Google.
- 3DSlash (https://www.3dslash.net/index.php): Looked interesting. Take an object and remove parts.
- Blender (https://www.blender.org/): Has promise. Is part of the Open Source community.
Since I use CorelDraw, I decided to look at their recommendations. They recommended developing a 2D design in CorelDraw, transferring it to CAD software, like AutoCAD or Autodesk 123D, then fine tuning it with Corel Technical Suite. Corel Technical Suite is $999. I think not!
I decided since I was a beginner, I would start and learn with Tinkercad. I went through several lessons in Tinkercad to learn the basics. It was very helpful, especially learning to adjust the workspace.
Many years ago, a friend told me I needed to sign all my art works. Most of my cards, houses, paintings now contains this logo. That is want I created first.
Made By Sarah….
Yes, I did make it double sided. If I had though about it before, I would have mirror the image on the reverse side.
Print Time: 4 hours 46 minutes
Filament: PLA – 2.14 meters 17 grams
Layer height: 0.1 mm
Shell Thickness: 0.8
Object Size (W, D, H): 127.0, 68.0, 5.0 mm