There are a range of both new and older generations of 3D modeling software options out there that are so easy to use, that professionals from just about any industry can find one that fits into their business model. Gone are the days where 3D modeling is exclusively for engineers stuck on CAD programs to create the stunning images you see. With so much variety available that are made for novice and advanced users alike, creating a prototype that fits in with your imagination is now in reach. Pair that imagination with 3D printing and you have a sure recipe that almost ensures the success of your project.
The first thing that often comes to mind when you think about 3D modeling software is the much used CAD design frames. Along with that, it is assumed that only engineers are able to work with such advances software to create prototype images or scale models for display. While in the past, there was little to no civilian access to 3D modeling software, the market is now open fully to mainstream operation and use of the software across all industries. The free and for purchase 3D modeling programs on the market now are beautifully crafted with intuitive features made with the general public in mind.
3D modeling software meets the needs of engineers, but as tools, they also offer a practical role such as their predecessors, computer aided design programs. More of the traditional 3D modeling programs are created to assist inventors, animators, architects, artist and other professionals while many of the simpler programs are created for regular people to perform simple task such as planning new additions to your home, décor changes and mini makeovers before they are put into effect.
For those who are already in the field and need a more robust set of software tools, advanced prototyping 3D modeling software packages can range in price from less than a hundred dollars, to well over a few thousand. Getting your feet wet with open source programs allows you to sample the market to see what works best for your project while still having access to upgrades on a regular basis. Some software even allows you to communicate with a 3D printer if you have one, or directly with a company that offers 3D printing directly from the designs you create in your software. Depending on the complexity of the design, materials used to print, and the size of the model, cost can range from $15-$2,000 per print.
Of course, not all models created and printed using 3D modeling software are for commercial use. Many ambitious or rather crafty consumers who have specialized equipment with hard to replace parts have made use of this amazing technology. For example, say you own a baby stroller that has a part that needs replacement, but is no longer offered by the company. 3D modeling software can be used to create that part in it’s exact dimension and then printed in the proper martial that the original was crafted in. Not only do you have your replacement part, but you also saved time and money by printing locally.