3D Printing Design & Modeling Software

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Below are some of the most popular software tools that our community of designers and makers use to create their products on Shapeways. You can find the whole range of programmatic, parametric, sculpting and modeling software. We feature both applications that are better suited for beginner 3D modelers, and those in use by professional or commercial designers.


3D printing with metal


The real breakthrough that has enabled 3D printing for the masses has been the laser. Spray welding is a technique that has been used for decades to build up worn motor shafts, but it is far too crude for controlled additive printing. Spray welding uses a gravity-fed powdered metal dispenser integrated into a special oxygen-acetylene torch head which melts the powder as it is dispensed.