The best software for 3D printing

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In other specialized blogs or other niches there has been a lot of talk about 3d printing, even in LxA we have dedicated some articles to Linux drivers for this type of three-dimensional printers, software for design and printing for these systems, code projects related open, etc. Well, today I will try to make a list of the best applications or 3D printing software that we can find for the GNU / Linux system.

I will try to make a list with the most interesting of this panorama and that they are compatible with our platform. Of course, you can make your suggestions if I leave any behind or have any kind of advice, criticism or something to contribute. For that you just have to leave your comment, it will be very welcome. And with that said, let's go with the list:

  • Healing: is a software for beginners who want to start in this world of 3D printing created by Slicer Software to prepare STL files for this type of printers with our designs. It is free and available for Linux.
  • 123D Wrestling: It is also free and has similar characteristics to the previous one, although it is not available for Linux, it is for those who have the Google Android system.
  • 3D Slash: a software that has little to envy to the previous ones, it is free and it is available to create our 3D models both from Linux and based on a web interface to handle it from any web browser.
  • TinkerCAD: is a 3D printing software to create our designs that is available for free and created by the prestigious Autodesk company, the same as AutoCAD. And although it does not have an exclusive version for Linux, it is web-based so it can be used from any browser.
  • 3DTin: similar to the previous one, based on web thanks to the WebGL API, although with some limitations compared to its competitors. It is also free ...
  • ViewSTL: similar in characteristics to the previous one, although quite simplistic and simple, since it only serves to display STL files.
  • Netfab Basic: For intermediate users, they need SLicer Software to prepare the STL files for 3D printing. With it you can repair, edit and analyze designs. Free and for Linux
  • Repeater: similar to the previous one, also dependent on Slicer, free and for Linux.
  • FreeCAD: it is an old acquaintance of Linux, free and free, it is a software to create CAD designs with the possibility of making them in 3D and printing them on this type of printers.
  • SketchUp- is a simple and functional downstream user program for our 3d printer designs. It has a version for Linux and free, although it has a paid Pro version of just over € 650.
  • Simplify3D: program for professional users that needs Slicer to prepare STLs and whose price is about € 150 for the license.
  • slic3r: It is free and for Linux, but it provides a professional environment for our designs, although dependent on Slicer Software.
  • Blender: It is a heavyweight that we have already talked about, it is a very professional and advanced software to create complex 3D designs. Free and for Linux.
  • mesh lab: also available for Linux among other platforms. It is a free version that provides professional software to edit the STLs.
  • Octo Print- For professional users, free and available for Linux. You can access printers to start, pause or interrupt printing ...

It is simply an indicative list For those who are starting in this world, it is not a ranking or a comparison, far from it. But this is how the names are released so that you can investigate a little more about these apps and know that there are many alternatives for Linux if you want to have a 3D printer in this type of environment. Of course you will also find drivers so that you do not have compatibility problems with most printers on the market.

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  1.   duveral said

    Astroprint is missing!

  2.   xavi said

    You could do a tutorial from 0 (from what to buy to how to print) I would be delighted because I don't know where to learn

  3.   Alfredo Antonio Martinez said

    Hello friend, in order not to create confusion let me contribute my grain of sand, one thing is the programs for editing objects in 3D, and another, the famous Slicers that are the programs that convert any file from the Stl (stereo lithography) format to the. gcode which is the file that has all the coordinates of movements for the printer, to avoid creating confusion, I think that almost or all design programs have to export the files to stereo lithography, but in the end almost all of us die in using the three most popular slicer programs which are Cura, Slic3r, or Simplify, greetings!

  4.   Diego Bern said

    I personally use Blender And it's the best I've used, although the interface sometimes seems not very friendly, it's a bomb!