Top 7 3D Software For Beginners

By: Onimisi-Momoh

For newbies willing to start 3D printing, picking the best software can be difficult and discouraging especially when creating your first STL file.  In overcoming this challenge, we have created the top 10 3D software for beginners.

These softwares are not only user friendly, but they will help you design the 3D model of your choice, which you can then print for your first 3D printing experience.  However, the listed softwares exclude the repair and slice functionality which are needed before you print your design.

1. TinkerCAD

TinkerCad is a free online 3D modeling software from Autodesk, it is geared towards complete beginners. The software encourages the block-building concept which helps in developing models from basic shapes

The software also has a library containing millions of files from which users can use in finding shapes which can be manipulated. While the software is user friendly, it has limitations for some complex designs.  For more information on this software, visit tinkercad.com

2. 3D Slash

3DSlash is another option 3D modelling software to consider. It was created in 2013 by Silvain Huet, who was inspired by his son playing the video game Minecraft.

Just like Minecraft, 3Dslash uses the power of little blocks in the creation of 3D models. The software includes functionality that helps you transform parts from reality to 3D.  For more information about this software, visit 3dslash.net

3. Leopoly

Leopoly is another cloud-based modelling software developed by Leopoly, a Hungarian based firm. While Leopoly is simple and user friendly for beginners, it also has a library of customizable items including color and text.  It also gives access to gallery of files created by other users.

For more information about this software, visit leopoly.com

4. Sculptris

Sculptris is another 3D modelling software belonging to Pixologic, the parent company of Zbrush.

Sculptris allows you to create 3D models from shaping a mesh with different brush strokes.

 This software starts as a sphere, then the user can then model as they wish by stretching, digging, smoothing, etc. While the software is one to consider especially for beginners, it is no longer in development and may not be compartible with your operating system.

For more information about this software, visit pixologic.com/sculptris/

5. Vectary

Vectary is another online based 3D modelling which allows you to create, share and customize 3D designs. Vectary software is a combination of standard mesh modeling, subdivision modeling and parametric plugins.

Designs or modelled objects are saved in the cloud which makes it accessible anywhere through any browser. For more information about this software, visit vectary.com

6. Meshmixer

Meshmixer software like TinkerCad is a part of the Autodesk software family. The Meshmixer however is not a typical CAD software, as it does not allow you to create your product from the beginning. Instead, this software will assist you with the animation, modeling, zippering, hole filling, hollowing among other functionalities.

For more information about this website, visit meshmixer.com

7. Morphi

Morphi is a 3D software application developed by Morphi a New York based firm. The app allows you to create design in simple forms and also contains access to a library with large number of decorative and functional models. 

While Morphi is free to use, it requires payment for specific 3D models and application tools. It also has a paid version for schools, the Morphi Edu. 

For more information about this website, visit morphiapp.com

3D Printing Materials(Plastics, Metals and Food)

By: Onimisi-Momoh

The 3D printing industry without doubt is one of the fastest growing industries, as research and inventions have paved way for various material like wood , metal, foods, ceramics among many others.

Are you wondering what type of material you can use for 3D printing? Below are some materials you should check out.

PLASTICS

Plastics are the most common of the various 3D printing materials. However here are the two most popular Plastic filament for 3D printing.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

 is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. “Thermoplastic” refers to the way the material responds to heat.

It is however a strong plastic that comes in a variety of colors. This material comes in a filament form that are available on sale from multiple sources.

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA is a biodegradable plastic type which makes it eco-friendly. Its can be adapted for Digital Light Processing (DLP) as well as Stereolithography.

It also comes in filament forma and available in different colors.

Other plastics include glow in the dark, nylon, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyethylene terephthalate(PETE or PET), Polyethylene(PE) etc.

 

METALS

Aside plastics, metals are also popular with 3D printing. Below are some metal types available for printing.

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver are undeniably some of the world’s precious metals. There were considered 3D printing materials in 2011.

These materials are strong and processed in powdery forms. Many used in the creation jewelries. Other metals available include Titanium, Copper, Cobalt chrome etc

 
CERAMICS

Ceramics is the latest addition to the 3D printing material types. It
can be considered the most durable of the aforementioned materials because it
can withstand extreme heat and pressure without warping or breaking.

Ceramics are tough to process because it requires intense heat before
they melt. These materials are great for household utensils and interior
decorative objects
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BIO-MATERIALS

Biomaterials in recent times have proven to be the game-changer in
fields like medicine and medical applications.

Biomaterials are synthetic materials that can be used for the
construction of artificial organs, prosthetics, bones, and tissues. With
research and innovations, biomaterials are now been considered for developing
foods like meat as well as external tissue creation of body part

 

FOODS

 

3D printing technology has opened door to more creativity and
innovation and this, without a doubt, is affecting the food industry. There are now
3D printers design to use food as printing materials.

The most common material for food printing is chocolate. There are
other printers that work with sugar. Cakes and meat. It is good to know that
any food with ingredients that can be puréed can be 3D printed. Some of the
foods that you can 3D print are gingerbread, hamburgers, chocolates, pancakes,
pizzas, and more.

 

3D printing is very flexible and it continues to improve. With more research and innovations more materials will be compatible with 3D printers. In due time, any material you could think of might probably be applicable in 3D printing, Till then we keep you updated.

World’s first 3D-printed rib-eye steak unveiled

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On Tuesday, Aleph Farms and its biomedical engineering partners at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology unveiled the slaughter-free steak, in what is believed to be the world’s first.

The steak was produced through the combination of 3D bioprinting technology and real cow tissue.

News source disclosed that, scientists incubated the cells to grow, differentiate, and interact, ultimately replicating a real rib-eye.

With muscle and fat similar to a traditionally slaughtered steak, the futuristic food features “the same organoleptic attributes of a delicious tender, juicy rib-eye steak you’d buy from the butcher.”  Aleph Farms also disclosed that it could produce any cut of meat with through this method as the company is willing to expand its meat portfolio.

Shulamit Levenberg, a professor at Technion and Aleph’s co-founder said “With the realization of this milestone, we have broken the barriers to introducing new levels of variety into the cultivated meat cuts we can now produce, as we look into the future of 3D bioprinting, the opportunities are endless.”

Source: Foxnews

First 3D-printed house for sale at $300K on Long Island

 

By: Onimisi-Momoh

3D printed face masks and even 3D printed dolls sound familiar but for the first time ever, you can buy your very own 3D-printed house — for only $299,999.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a two-car garage in Riverhead, New York, is made of 3D-printed cement. The asking price is said to make the property a steal on pricey Long Island, where a home of the same size would typically cost $478,380, according to Realtor.com market data

,Listing broker Stephen King of Realty Connect while disclosing his opinion said “At $299,999, this home is priced 50% below the cost of comparable newly constructed homes in Riverhead, NY, and represents a major step toward addressing the affordable-housing crisis plaguing Long Island.

The gray house currently sits on a 0.26-acre lot, and images reveal a meticulous outdoor garden and small front porch sitting area. The walls are 8 feet tall, but the timber ceiling is arched, providing more height to the house. 

The 1,407-square-foot house was designed by Manhattan-based engineering firm H2M, built by Long Island-based 3-D-printing company SQ4D, and is billed on Zillow as “the world’s first 3D printed home for sale.”

From: New York Post

Scientists 3D print 'bone' with living cells through a novel ink

Scientists 3D print ‘bone’ with living cells through a novel ink

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Scientists from the University of New South Wales UNSW Sydney have developed a ceramic-based ink that may allow surgeons in the future to 3D-print bone parts complete with living cells that could be used to repair damaged bone tissue. The 3D-printer deploys a special ink made up of calcium phosphate, the scientists developed a new technique, known as ceramic omnidirectional bioprinting in cell-suspensions (COBICS), enabling them to print bone-like structures that harden in a matter of minutes when placed in water.

 While the idea of 3D-printing bone-mimicking structures is not new, it is however the first time such material is created at room temperature – complete with living cells.

Dr Iman Roohani who is from the School of Chemistry University of New South Wales said “This is a unique technology that can produce structures that closely mimic bone tissue,” he says. “It could be used in clinical applications where there is a large demand for in situ repair of bone defects such as those caused by trauma, cancer, or where a big chunk of tissue is resected.”

What is 3D printing?

3D printing which is also called additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing or carving out a piece of wood, metal or plastic from a large piece with the aid of a chisel or milling machine.

In an additive manufacturing process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. 3D printing enables one to produce complex shapes using less material in less time.