3D Modelling tools

Based on: Bower, M., & Torrington, J. (2020). Typology of free web-based learning technologies (2020). EDUCAUSE digital library. https://library.educause.edu/resources/2020/4/typology-of-free-web-based-learning-technologies

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3D model repositories

There are numerous online communities that promote sharing and usage of 3D models, which have supported the rise of the 3D printing and the maker movement.

GrabCAD (https://grabcad.com)provides library of about 6 million CAD files
Rapables (https://repables.com)provides 3D printable file repository
3D Warehouse (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com)searchable, pre-made 3D models that works with SketchUp
Print Me a SheepGONE? provides 3D printable file repository – WARNING – redirects
Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com)also offers tutorials and lesson plans in subject areas for educators
Pinshape (https://pinshape.com)also offers tutorials and lesson plans in subject areas for educators

3D model creation

3D modeling tools enable users to create, save and share three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) models through their web-browser.

Shapeshifter (http://shapeshifter.io)enables quick creation and manipulation of 3D objects that can be downloaded for printing and shared by hyperlink (GONE?)
Tinkercad (http://tinkercad.com)provides browser-based CAD design, which supports import and has socially formed gallery of creations
Slash (https://www.3dslash.net)offers an easy-to-use, clean intuitive interface for 3D model creation supported by tutorials and a shared gallery
Sketchup (https://www.sketchup.com)popular and powerful 3D modelling program