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Note: Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are either open source or free for everyone.
Just Getting Started?
For most users wanting to begin using the MakerSpace, which software to use can be an overwhelming decision. Here are a few recommendations from our staff:
- For people who want to use the laser cutters, we recommend Inkscape as a vector drawing program. Inkscape is free and open-source, can do nearly everything the other programs can, and has lots of extensions that make working with a laser cutter much easier. See the project guide "Using the Laser Cutter" for help once you have a design ready.
- Models for 3d printers can be created many ways. If you would like to edit or add to a model that you already have (either from a scan or download), we recommend using MeshMixer, which is a free and very powerful piece of software for editing or combining models. If instead you want to design your own model from scratch, we recommend AutoDesk 123D Design for beginners and AutoDesk Fusion 360 for more advanced users. Both programs have very similar interfaces, so for many people it is best to start with 123D Design and then move up to Fusion 360. Both are free programs (for a free copy of Fusion 360 you will need a valid Tulane email address). Once you have a model that you'd like to print, see the project guide Using the 3d Printers for help in preparing your model.
3D Design and Modeling Software
- AutoDesk Fusion 360
- AutoDesk 123D Design*
- AutoDesk MeshMixer*
- AutoDesk 123D Catch*
- AutoDesk 123D Make*