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3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects by James Floyd Kelly

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6. Free 3D Modeling Software

Chapter 5, “First Print with the Simple,” demonstrated how easy it is to print a 3D object with the Simple. This process is fairly typical of most 3D printers and other 3D printing software you may use. I briefly introduced you to Thingiverse, a library of 3D objects that you can search and download the files needed to print those objects. Many 3D printer owners are as happy to just download free objects from Thingiverse and other repositories, but what if you’re interested in creating and printing your own custom 3D models? For creating your own 3D models, you’re going to need the special CAD software I mentioned earlier in the book. There are a lot of CAD software companies and even more CAD applications available. ...

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