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3D Printing: Find/Design Digital Models

A guide to 3D printing at Joyner Library.

About This Page

This page shares some of the most common and widely available 3D modeling software available. Not sure which program to choose? Email us at 3dprinting@ecu.edu.


Not ready to design your own model? No problem! We curated a list of online 3D model repositories where you can freely download and use models.


All 3D modeling software listed on this page are free to use or download unless it is marked with a ($). There are a few programs that will require you to create an account in order to use them or have access to all their features. We identify these in the descriptions. 


Already have an STL file to print? Move on to Checking for Errors.

Beginner 3D Modeling Software

Beginner/Intermediate 3D Modeling Software

Intermediate CAD Software

Intermediate Animation/Sculpting Software

Professional Quality Programs ($)

3D Model Repositories

You can search for pre-existing models on the Internet to print as they are, or modify using 3D modeling software. BE AWARE: Not all models are fit for 3D printing. Here are some basic tips on how determine a model is fit to print.