Getting Started with 3D Modeling & Design

Overview #

There are many 3D Modeling & Design tools out there, and you should use what you are most comfortable with. If you have no experience with 3D Modeling & Design, this page includes tool recommendations and basic tips to help you get started.

Beginner-Friendly Tools #

This tool is easy to get started with but may lack some useful features the Advanced Tools have. Check out our DKC guide to get started with this free tool:

Advanced Tools #

These tools are some of the most powerful you can find for this type of project but may be overwhelming for a beginner. Some of these tools require purchase or subscription, but all of them have free versions available. Check out our guides to find out more:

Tips and Tricks #

  1. Explore websites such as Thingiverse, Pinshape, and Cults to get an idea for the kind of designs you can create and templates.
  2. Check out these keyboard shortcuts for TinkercadBlenderFusion 360, and SketchUp to save more time while you create. 
  3. Start with Tinkercad’s learning feature and look through starters, lessons, and projects. This practice will get you accustomed to using modeling interfaces as you start to work with programs like Fusion 360. 
  4. Use a mouse if possible when designing to have better control of the digital objects you are working with. 
  5. Don’t rely on one view when you are working with an object. Switch around within the planes that you are using to make sure that objects don’t do things such as overlap on your grid. 

Accessibility Considerations #

  • Label individual pieces of your project.
  • If you post a digital copy of your design, include a description of your creation and, if necessary, its capabilities.

Want More Help? #

Reviewed by Anastasia Zanyuk 08/03/22