CAD technology is constantly evolving and becoming more affordable and user-friendly by day. As 3D technology continues to capture market share from 2D design tools, the global market for 3D CAD is expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2022.
With that said, today, almost anyone can access 3D design tools, no matter their background or skill level. Many individuals, businesses and organizations are quickly picking up on the benefits of 3D design and printing—like the lower costs, efficiency and sustainability.
Here are four tools anyone can use to start designing in 3D.
1. 3D Slash
3D Slash is an easy-to-use modeling tool that aims to make 3D designing fun. The website offers 10 useful tutorials to help users better understand the unique interface, as well as the basic toolset necessary to design any sized object. 3D Slash is interactive and an ideal tool for non-designers and those with little to no engineering background.
TinkerCAD is a practical, browser-based modeling tool for first-time designers to explore 3D CAD software. No previous engineering experience is required, as users vary from designers, hobbyists and educators to children.
With TinkerCAD, users can explore pre-existing designs or view step-by-step lessons to learn more about the tool and its features. TinkerCAD also supports any 3D printer that accepts standard STL file formats, enabling 3D modelers to bring their designs to life.
SketchUp is a user-friendly application that provides intuitive toolbars and menus to guide users throughout the design process. SketchUp’s simplistic interface is easy to navigate and learn without compromising the quality or precision of designs. Users can also join an online community of 3D modelers through the SketchUp forums to learn more about the software and how to leverage specific features.
Makerspaces are often located in schools, libraries or other private or public spaces. These designated workspaces are open to all ages and allow individuals at all levels to collaborate and explore technologies, such as 3D printing, 3D modeling, coding robotics and woodworking. Makerspaces provide equipment, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines to help individuals develop prototypes and bring their ideas to fruition.
Use the CadMouse Wireless to Bring 3D Designs to Life
As 3D technology continues to evolve, motivated designers should keep up with the latest technological trends and equip themselves with the appropriate tools to design effectively and efficiently.
Whether you’re an experienced professional or new to the industry, one of the best ways to enhance your skills in CAD is by using the new CadMouse Wireless. The CadMouse Wireless has all of the same features as the popular CadMouse—but with added mobility, ideal for anyone of any skill level.
Some of its notable features include:
- Battery life for up to two months
- A 7.200 dpi optical sensor
- Smart Mouse Wheel for smooth, uninterrupted movement
- Radial menu for access to your favorite commands
- Triple connectivity to a Universal Receiver, Bluetooth or USB cable
The CadMouse is built for performance and precision—ideal for CAD experts or those who are looking to improve their CAD skills.