3D Design and Scanning
3D Design Accordion Open
Create your own 3D objects, find inspiration, or get some help on your project.
- An easy-to-use web-based tool for creating objects that are ready to be 3D printed. If you haven’t done 3D design before, this is a great place to start.
A 3D modeling program for applications such as architectural design, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design. SketchUp models can be exported to an .OBJ file, which can then be converted to an .STL file using MeshLab (see under “3D Editing and Repair Software”).
A free professional 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.
Available on the MakerLab computers, SolidWorks is a solid modeler, and utilizes a parametric feature-based approach to create models and assemblies
- Available on the library’s iMacs.
3D Scanning Accordion Closed
Use one of our 3D scanners to scan an object and create a digital file you can print.
The MakerBot Digitizer can scan things within an 8”x 8” cylinder (that’s 8” tall by 8” diameter). If an object can fit in this cylinder, then the camera can pick up its exterior surface. A 3D scanning job takes 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size and complexity of the object. The Digitizer works best with objects that are larger than 2 inches, light in color, and matte texture. The Digitizer only scans minimal detail in finely detailed items.
Scan people, objects, spaces, or anything else you can imagine. You can scan by moving around the object, making sure to capture it from as many angles as possible for the most accurate scan. The Skanect 3D Scanner is available for checkout by NAU and CCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members. The Skanect 3D Scanner can be booked in advance. Call, email, or come to the MakerLab Desk to reserve a kit for a future date.