3D Printing Resources

3D Printing has been riding the classroom innovation wave for a couple of years now--have you tried one for yourself?

Here are a few of the apps and articles that we have found useful when getting started (or going further) with 3D printing!

Have other suggestions for the list? Let us know in a Leaf! And be sure to check back occasionally as this list will certainly change!

And just in case you might have forgotten, you can borrow an assortment of 3D printers from the Toolkit for Teachers!

- new and exciting updates!        - apps that are great on iPad!

3D Design and Modeling


Autodesk Apps

  • Autodesk has some really great apps, most of which are free.  Autodesk Sketchbook, 123D Catch, 123D Sculpt are quite good.
  • App Store Link


  • Primarily CAD Software, but a good modeling experience on the iPad.  Has a free version, but the more interesting features are pay.
  • App Store Link



  • A free, web-based app that is an excellent introduction to the basics of 3D modeling.
  • TinkerCAD Website

3D Model Repositories


  • Definitely the biggest and best source of free 3D models to print. They even have an excellent section on educational models. Be sure to get lost in here for a while.
  • Thingiverse Website


  • Another good one—-not as big as Thingiverse, but definitely worth it.
  • YouMagine Webiste


  • The one and only NASA has an ever growing collection of 3D models available for their primary missions. Some of their models tend to be a bit too complex to print straight out, but there are often printable versions available.
  • NASA 3D Repository Website