Top 10 free 3D printing programs for 3D modeling and design

3d modelling

3D modeling is the process of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional object (whether inanimate or living) through specialized software. The product is called a 3D model. It can be viewed as a two-dimensional image using a process called 3D rendering, or used in a computer simulation of physical phenomena. The model can also be physically created using 3D printing devices.

We present these 10 free programs, ideal for both professionals and fans of 3D printing.

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TinkerCAD - Free online 3D modeling program. Simple and easy to use

Tinkercad is a free and easy-to-use 3D design, electronics and code creation application. It is used by teachers, children, hobbyists and designers to imagine, design and create anything they can think of.


3D Slash - 3D modeling software using a simple building block concept

 A unique interface: as fun as a building game! Basic features to get started right away. Advanced features, to work precisely


Sculptris - Virtual sculpture program, with a plasticine focus

Enter Sculptris, a fun and engaging way to start off your digital sculpting journey!


3D Builder - Viewing and editing 3D models

As a standard application found on all computers running Windows 10, 3D Builder deserves some recognition for offering users a quick path toward 3D model visualization and editing. This app allows users to build and import files that can be used with 3D printing technology, such as STL, OBJ, and 3MF. It manages to simplify the 3D design process with a variety of easy-to-use tools and features, putting the power of 3D creation in the hands of even entry-level users.


Vectary - 3D design and augmented reality platform

Large and fast growing library of free scenes, models and materials so you don’t have to start from scratch or spend a long time getting up to speed in 3D. Assemble your first shot just by drag & drop and get a realistic output in minutes.


SketchUp - 3D modeling software that allows 3D modeling of buildings, landscapes, scenery, furniture, people and any object or article

SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.


Fusion 360 - Design, test and manufacture software. Integrates CAD, CAM and CAE

Fusion 360 combines mechanical and industrial design, simulation, collaboration, and machining into an integrated toolset spanning from concept to product manufacturing.


OpenSCAD - The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller

OpenSCAD is software for creating solid 3D CAD models. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. 


Blender - 3D creation for everyone, free to use for any purpose.

 Free Software, great community, and 100% open. Blender is being made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.


OnShape - Unites CAD, data management, collaboration tools and real-time analytics

The Onshape platform connects all your stakeholders in one unified and secure cloud workspace, letting your product development team spend more time designing and less time being blocked by file-based software headaches.