Prepare for 3D printing workshop
During the workshop you will be asked to use several software tools. So please follow the instructions on how to install and configure them.
OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeller. Instead it is something like a 3D-compiler that reads in a script file that describes the object and renders the 3D model from this script file.
This is a web based tool, so there is no need to install something. Just make sure you have an upgraded modern browser (Firefox, Chromium, Chrome, IE etc) It requires to create a user account. If you do not wish to create your own we provide a commons|lab account.
Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender's features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing. Alongside the modeling features it also has an integrated game engine.
Cura LulzBot Edition is a Free Software program that both prepares your files for printing (by converting your model into GCODE).