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3D Modeling Software and Resources

Websites for Free 3D Models to Download

  • NIH 3D- Provides free digital models of biomedical and bimolecular structures that are readily compatible with a 3D printer
  • Thingiverse- Dedicated for users to share digital designs to download
  • Sketchfab- An array of shared downloadable detailed 3D models
  • Embodi3D- Resource for 3D Models based on medical scans (bone and muscle)Provides conversion-based software to convert CT scans to 3D models
  • UCSF Chimera- Program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles. High-quality images and animations can be generated
  • Clara.io- Cloud-based modeling software which also has free models for downloading

Free 3D Modeling Software

  • TinkerCad- Design software recommended for beginners with no modeling experience
  • Meshmixer- Modeling software used for creating, editing, and transforming models
  • Sketchup- Cloud-based 3D modeling software
  • Blender- Open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating visual effects, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, and more

NIH Library Available Software

Reserve a workstation to access this software in-person or remotely.

  • GrabCAD Print - Prepares models for 3D printing through orientation, optimization, and support generation. 

    GrabCAD.pdf (784.66 KB)
  • Adobe After Effects - Film and animation software that also allows 3D editing.
  • Adobe Photoshop - Graphics editing program that has a 3D plugin.
  • Adobe Illustrator - Vector graphics editor.