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So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:20 pm
by Maledrakh
I am a novice and find my flashprint editing /slicing software only can do so much.

So I wonder if maybe someone would please offer some advice about which programs are worth looking into.

I would specifically like to know which free or low cost 3D modelling programs would be good for making or remixing miniature wargames -sized models, terrain, vehicles etc.,

Is there an easy to use editor in which I can open several .stl files at once, copy and paste from those into a single .stl file?

The flashprint editor/slicer I have only allows a single stl file to be open at a time, so I cannot combine several different models in a single stl file for the purpose of printing them in the same sitting.

Re: So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:14 pm
by krouton3
blender is a free 3d modelling program and can be quite powerful but as far as ease of use its hard to say but you can import multiple models at once

Re: So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:52 pm
by srmalloy
Something I found the other day that provides a flow diagram for picking a 3D modeling program:

Which 3D Software for 3D Printing?

Re: So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:05 pm
by Maledrakh
Thanks! that was very useful!
I must admit I could not make head nor tails of blender at first glance, it seems to have a rather steep learning curve...

Re: So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:11 pm
by krouton3
Maledrakh wrote:Thanks! that was very useful!
I must admit I could not make head nor tails of blender at first glance, it seems to have a rather steep learning curve...

yea ive had to go through step by step tuts for it and still dont understand it fully lol my favorite 3d modelling program is inventor but unfortunately that one isnt free unless you can try and snag a student copy :P

Re: So which programs are worth looking at?

PostPosted:Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:08 am
by Olive99
Meshmixer is a good tool for mixing models, www.meshmixer.com