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May 25, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 4:03pm

3D printing software

List: CBR lists ten software programs to help you build your own three dimensional objects.



Cost: Free

Blender, created by the Blender Foundation, is one of the most popular 3D printing software suites in the market. The CAD software lets users design objects in 3D and runs on the most commonly used OSs, including Windows, Apple and Linux.

It runs all digital 3D printing development stages including modelling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking.

The software is free and built on open source. It has photorealistic rendering capabilities, which allow the user to envision the end product before starting the printing process. The rendering engine in the program has been named Cycles, and this includes GPU and CPU rendering, real-time viewport preview, HDR lighting support and permissive license for linking with external software.

The software is also a 2-in-1 tool, as it allows developers not only to design characters to be printed, but also to turn those characters into animations. In addition, Blender lets users create 3D games and edit video.


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