Resources

See our FAQs below for common questions about the FabLab. If these FAQs fail to answer your questions, don’t hesitate to reach out using our online contact form.

TinkerCAD
Nice design software for someone that is not experienced with CAD and 3D design.

OnShape
Traditional parametric CAD that is web-based and works in a Chrome browser. You can create 3D models and access on any computer, phone or tablet.  Free to join but your files are public unless you translate your account into an educational license (which is easily done).

Autodesk Fusion 360 
Traditional parametric CAD with 3D sculpting and CAM/CNC capabilities. Requires a download to use. Web-based version is in development. Your files save to the cloud and you can sign in on any device with your info and access your files. Free for hobbyists, makers, educational use. Commercial license is available at about $360/year (super cheap compared to other CAD).

SolidWorks 

We get access to a special 1 year (renewable) Fab Lab/Maker License. Email or talk with the fab lab manager to inquire about how to set this up.

Educational License 
Startup/Entrepreneurial License 

Blender 
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Sculptris
This is a free 3D design, sculpting software. You can make things like characters and other more “organic” shapes. You start with a ball of “clay” and form it from there.

SketchUp
There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.
– Free + Premium options available

OpenSCAD 
The programmers solid 3D CAD modeller

Cura – Is an open-source 3D printing slicer that works with most open-source printers. We use it in the fab lab.
– Free

Prusa Slicer – Is an open-source 3D printing slicer that works with most open-source printers. We use it in the fab lab.
– Free

Simplify 3D – Is software for processing your 3D models and preparing them for 3D printing. S3D has been big in the industry for a while but slow to update. It is a solid slicer but the free, open source ones are honestly good too with many new updates
– $150 for 2 seats (share with a friend!)

A lot of the files at these sites are FREE but many sites are going to having some PAID models as well, which is great! Support the creators!

Thingiverse

MyMiniFactory

Yeggi

Youmagine

Thangs

Canva.com – Collaborate with your team to create marketing materials such as flyers, posters, social media graphics and collaborate with your team

Inkscape
Free vector design software, very similar to CorelDraw. Popular among hobbyists and makers

Corel Draw  
Paid vector design software. We use it in the fab lab.
Student version available for about $100

Gravit Designer

Web-based (not installation needed). Free and paid version available.

Other Vector Software:

BoxySVG

Vecteezy

Vectr

SVG-Edit

Case Template Builder – gives you a ready to cut box/case

Online file generators for laser cutting

Boxes.py is an Open Source box generator written in Python.

It features both finished parametrized generators as well as a Python API for writing your own. It features finger and (flat) dovetail joints, flex cuts, holes and slots for screws, hinges, gears, pulleys and much more.

Laser Cut Maps Website & Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2qn2atWCo

https://snazzymaps.com/ 

Use this link to get the Style optimzed for the Epilog Laser:

https://snazzymaps.com/style/135826/epilog-laser-maps-thin-lines

 

Torchmate CAD/CAM Student Edition

Free to download the student edition for use at home. It will let you design, add toolpaths but not export a file. To export, open the Student EDU file on the PC connected to the Plasma Cutter and you can then export the path.