Free 3D modeling software

We occasionally get questions about the types of software we use in the CreationStation. The software we use for 3D modeling is free! If you have your own computer, here are a few options for getting started.

Blender is a full-feature, free, open-source download for Mac, Windows and Linux. We have installed it in the Mac Production Lab at St. Helena. It supports the entire process of 3D modeling, so advanced users will find all the features they need for their models. is a full-featured, browser-based (no download required) 3D editor. Because you don’t need to download anything, you can use it anywhere you have an Internet connection. You can also share your 3D models and collaborate with friends.

Tinkercad is a simpler browser-based 3D editor. It provides ‘Lessons,’ which get users started with 3D modeling before moving on to advanced techniques. Because of its simple interface, it is suitable for people who are just starting out with 3D modeling.

We will also provide programming on 3D modeling and printing. Watch our event calendar or contact Melanie Florencio, Computer Lab Instructor, at 255-6547 or


Google Code-in 2013: Contribute to open-source development

From Google:

Google Code-in (GCI) is a contest for pre-university students (e.g., high school and secondary school students) with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source. We work with open source organizations, each of whom will provide a list of tasks to be completed by student contestants. Tasks can be anything an organization needs help with, from bug fixes, to writing code, to user experience research, to writing documentation. The contest takes place entirely online.

You don’t have to be a coder to help. They’re also looking for students interested in documentation, training, outreach, and research.

Learn more at Google Code-in 2013