Useful FREE 3D Modeling Programs

Want to try your hand at 3D modeling? Here are some more great, FREE programs you can download and use.


Tinkercad is great for beginners- you slide geometric shapes onto a 3D workplane. You can group shapes and even create holes.


Sculptris is a program where you can digitally sculpt using a variety of carving tools. Your design will be symmetrical but there is a lot of possibility.


Blender is designed for the true 3D modeling enthusiast. Completely free, you have access to digital sculpting tools along with animation capabilities.

Autodesk’s 1-2-3D Catch

1-2-3D Catch is a great way to freely laser scan objects (or yourself) by using your smartphone or tablet computer.


Upcoming 3D Modeling Class at the St. Helena Library- FREE for ages 11-17!

Calling all teens! FREE class on 3D modeling this coming MONDAY, MARCH 24TH, 5:30-7:30PM. NO SIGN UP REQUIRED!

We will be using Tinkercad to create unique designs. Hope to see you there.


USCB’s “Connections: Explorations in New Media” Exhibit with Assistance by the St. Helena Branch Library

If you live in the Beaufort, SC area you should take the time to visit the Connections: Explorations in New Media exhibit at the USCB Sea Islands Gallery. The works featured include video mapping, video projection, and lots of 3D modeled/printed items from the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. 3D modeling programs include Sculptris, Blender, and Kinect 3D scanning software.

An example of featured 3D printed work:



The St. Helena Library is responsible for assisting in portions of this exhibition via the CreationStation’s Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer.



Make sure to check out this interesting exhibit at:

  • USCB Sea Islands Center Gallery
  • 1106 Carteret Street
  • Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

April maker activities at St. Helena Branch Library

Digital Drawing
Monday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
St. Helena Computer Lab, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Road, St. Helena Island SC 29920

Come learn how to use our Wacom tablets and sketch on the computer via Sketchbook Express. Materials Provided. Open to ages 8+, limited to 4 students. Registration required.

Maker Monday Club: Arduino Night
Monday, April 14, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
St. Helena Computer Lab, 6355 Jonathan Francis, Sr. Road, St. Helena Island SC 29920

Do you like to code?  Learn how to make a blinking circuit using a combination of our Arduino prototyping boards and Arduino programming language. Open to ages 13-17, limited to 6 students. Registration required.

To register for either of these programs, please contact Melanie
 at 843-255-6587 or .

Beaufort County schools share robotics championship

From our own Beaufort County, via the Island Packet:

Whale Branch Early College High, Bluffton High and Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston were among the teams that worked for months to design, build, program and direct by remote control the robots that competed in the state’s biggest high school robotics competition, according to a news release from the Beaufort County School District.

Kansas boy gets a 3D-printed hand

From Library Journal’s The Digital Shift:

Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created several months ago in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS. Matthew, who is adopted, was born with partial fingers on his right hand due to a birth condition called limb difference.

According to the article, Matthew and his mom enlisted a family friend, 16-year-old Mason Wilde, to help them adjust the design for Matthew.

PC Magazine has another article on the Robohand, along with a video of Matthew using his new hand. Check out the video below or read the articles for more information.