3D printer stl software usage
3D Printing Software

Slicing, modeling, STL editing

17 Great 3D Printing Software Tools

Our selection of 3D printing software provides an overview of the best applications for slicing, modeling and file editing. Many of them are available free of charge or as trial versions.

The preparation of good print templates and models requires patience and experience. For all those who want to try their 3D printer first, there are many ideas and ready-to-print 3D models.

For everyone else – our software overview:


Slicing software


The slicing software prepares 3D models for printing. The software translates the 3D models into instructions that the printer understands. The choice of slicing software has a big influence on the print quality.


Simplify 3D

Simplify3D is a 3D slicer for professionals. The slicer is compatible with almost all 3D printers, 300 different models are available for download. You can create your own profile for unknown devices.

Price: approx. 150€
Knowledge: Professional systems
System:Windows, Linux, Mac

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Slic3r

Honeycomb filling for professionals

Slic3r features layered real-time slicing. The model can be strengthened and improved from the inside with a new honeycomb filling optic and desktop models can be uploaded directly to the integrated OctoPrint with just one mouse click.

Knowledge: Professional
System:Windows, Linux, Mac

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Repeater

All-in-One tool for advanced users

Screenshot Repetier 3D Printing Tool

Repetier is an all-in-one solution for almost all FDM 3D printers, offering multi-extruder support for up to 16 extruders and multi-sclicer support. Remote access allows you to control your 3D printer from anywhere with a PC, tablet or smartphone. The software is particularly suitable for users who already know all 3D printing basics and want to tackle a new challenge with open source slicer software.

Knowledge: Advanced
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

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Cura

Ultimaker standard for all

Cura 3d-Printer-SoftwareCura can not only be used for Ultimaker 3D printing devices, but also for many other 3D printers, e.g. Makerbot and RepRap. Cura translates STL, 3MF or OBJ files into the “language” of the 3D printer. Depending on your requirements, you can choose between “Basic” and “Expert” Switch mode. The software can be extended via the plugin system.

Knowledge: Beginner
System: Windows, Ubuntu, Mac

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Netfabb

Advanced Slicer

Screenshot Netfabb 3D Slicing App

With Netfabb you can create, repair and edit STL files. The formats X3D, WRL, GTS, CLI, SLI, SLC, SSL, CLS and G-Code are also supported. Netfabb can be tested for 30 days for free and students can even use the tool for three years free of charge.

Knowledge: Advanced
System: Windows, Mac, Linux

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CraftWare

Slicer for beginners

Craftware 3D-Slicing Software

CraftWare software comes with precise gcode visualizer that allows you to view your model layer by layer and from any perspective before printing. Another plus: Two-channel communication ensures real-time interaction between the software and the 3D printer at all times. Depending on your requirements, you can choose between “easy” and “expert” Select mode. Please note before downloading: The software is a beta version.

Knowledge: Beginner
System:Windows, Linux, Mac

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3D modeling software


Modeling is the actual design of the 3D print object. The software is used to create a virtual three-dimensional copy of a physical object. 3D modeling is used in games, cinema films, the computer-aided construction of work pieces – and of course in 3D printing.


Dazzler

Open Source Modeling for the Ambitious

Screenshot Blender 3D-Creation-Software

Blender is a free open source 3D software. It supports the entire 3D pipeline modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking. The always helpful community and a multitude of tutorials make it easy for beginners to get started with the complex application.

Knowledge: Professional
System: Windows, Mac, Linux

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SketchUp Make

Modeling for advanced users

Demo Sketchup Make

SketchUp also offers a free variant for 3D printing models, SketchUp Make, in addition to its paid Pro software. The application is easy to understand and offers a variety of functions at the same time.

Knowledge: Advanced
System: Windows, Mac, Linux

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Tinker CAD

Online app for everyone

Tinkercad 3D Cad Tool

Tinkercad is a simple online app for 3D designs and 3D prints for everyone, especially for 3D print beginners who want to create their first models. The software is used by professional and recreational designers, teachers, and even children to create toys, prototypes, home decorations, minecraft models, jewelry, and more.

Knowledge: Beginner
System: Web browser

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Sculptris

Modeling tool for beginners

Sculptris 3D Modeler

Sculptris is a 3D modeling software for beginners. She uses brushes to model and process the textures. Sculptris is based on the concept of kneading and modeling clay.

Knowledge: Beginner
System: Windows, Mac

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FreeCAD

Advanced CAD Models

Screen Freecad 3D-Modeler

FreeCAD is a parametric software with which you can easily modify the parameters of your models via the history. There are no limits to the size of the objects and you can extend the application as needed.

Knowledge: Advanced
System: Windows, Mac, Ubuntu

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3D Slash

Block building for beginners

Slash 3D Creator

3D Slash is very easy to use, because it works with building blocks: Either you choose a block from which you chisel out the unwanted areas, or you assemble your model from building blocks. In addition, design templates and different colors are provided for modeling.

Knowledge: Beginner
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

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Merger 360

With training licence to become a professional

Fusion360-CAD-Software

The 3D-CAD/CAM/CAE software is aimed at professional makers who want to design, test, execute and share their models via the cloud. Fusion 360 is equipped with helpful parametric tools and analysis tools for industrial design and supports almost all CAD formats. Fusion costs about 300 € per year. However, if you have an educational license, you can use the software with a large community for three years free of charge.

Knowledge: Professional
System: Windows, Mac

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Utilities & Tools

Numerous auxiliary applications facilitate 3D printing and artwork creation, e.g. STL viewer and STL checker


Mesh mixer

STL-Fixer from Autodesk

Screenshot Meshmixer Slt Tool

Meshmixer is a software for very advanced users to check STL files, modify them and above all to repair them. Since Meshmixer like TinkerCAD belongs to Autodesk, the two applications can be combined well.

Knowledge: Professional
System: Windows, Mac

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Mesh lab

Mesh Optimization for Professionals

Demo Meshlab 3D-Printing-Tools

MeshLab recently received the Eurographics Software Award for its software. The tool, which was launched at the end of last year as a new updated and upgraded version, is aimed primarily at professionals who want to modify or repair 3D print templates, for example for reconstructions.

Knowledge: Professional
System: Windows, Mac, Linux

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OctoPrint

Print manager for professionals

Screenshot Octroprint Webinterface

OctoPrint is a software to control and manage your print job. The tool can be used to start, pause or interrupt printing. With an Internet-capable computer, such as the Raspberry Pi, the process can also be conveniently controlled from another location. So if you want to handle your 3D printer without any cables at all and create a little space on your desk, this software is for you.

Knowledge: Professional
System: Windows, Mac, Linux

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ViewSTL

Online viewer for beginners

STL Tile Viewer

With ViewSTL you can display STL files directly in your browser without having to install any software. The principle is very simple: You drag and drop the desired file into the window or you upload the model. By the way, the provider assures that the data will not be uploaded to their server! The STL files can be displayed either as a quick overview, as a high-resolution model or as a wireframe variant.

Knowledge: Beginner
System: Web browser

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