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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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Chapter 2. 3D Modeling Software

This chapter will discuss the most common 3D modeling software, including both free and paid. We will be introduced to some basic solid modeling concepts and best practices for creating models intended to print on the MakerBot Replicator 2X. This chapter will end with a practical example converting a 2D architectural drawing of a roof truss into a 3D model, and saved to a format capable of being imported into 3D printing software. We cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Modeling software comparison
  • General modeling theory
  • An example of a roof truss

Modeling software comparison

There are hundreds of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software options available; the challenge aspect is finding the one that works for your ...

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