Great Summary of Free 3DP Software

TinkerCad

Eric Weinhoffer has put together a great little summary article over at makezine.com that cover alternatives to TinkerCad. If you’re not familiar with TinkerCad, it’s a browser-based CAD application that lets you design 3D items right in your web browser that can be printed on a 3D printer.

TinkerCad has recently announced that it’s shutting down the service at the end of 2013, and will be slowly dwindling its user base as it moves towards another service called AirStone. I love TinkerCad, and I think it’s a great tool for novices and especially kids to get some hands-on time with CAD design. It’s colorful and it had some cute tutorials that helped new users become familiar with TinkerCad interface.

Alas, it’s going away. Thankfully Weinhoffer has put together this list of possible alternatives. Be sure to check out the commentary as there’s already some debates starting up about these alternatives, including whether or not some of them are following a similar path to TinkerCad (opening up as free and then either shutting down or moving towards a paid model).

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James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com