Initial Publication Date: February 23, 2015

3D Modeling

by Dr. Franek Hasiuk, GeoFabLab, Iowa State University,

These programs can help you build you own models from scratch or clean up 3D scans.

Free software

  • Blob3D and Quant3D (UTCT's CT analysis software, requires free IDL install)
  • MeshLab (Mesh editor)
  • Meshmixer (Autocad)
  • Blender (Full-featured 3D graphics program)
  • Autodesk 123D (basic 3D graphics programs/apps integrated with cloud services, free account needed))
  • SketchUp (basic 3D graphics program integrated with 3D Warehouse, free to educators)
  • Scenect (3D scanning program for the Xbox Kinect sensor)
  • OpenKinect (3D scanning program for the Xbox Kinect sensor)
  • OpenSCAD (basic 3D modeling software with a "programmer's interface")
  • 3DTIN (web-based)
  • TinkerCAD (web-based, free account needed)
  • Wings3D (polygon modeler)
  • SPIERS: The Serial Palaeontological Image Editing and Rendering System
  • 3D Slicer:
  • OsiriX:Open-Source PACS Workstation DICOM Viewer
  • Zbrush, Mudbox, Sculptris, 3DCoat,Topogun, netFabb

CAD Software (Computer-Aided Design)

Photogrammetry (Assembling 3D models from photos)

Kinect and Xtion Software