I was just wondering what software people are using to design and model in for their prints.
I don’t really have much experience with CAD software, or any 3D modeling software for that matter, but I decided to start with Blender.
I like Blender because it is free, very robust and is platform independent. It also has a strong community behind it. It has a pretty steep leaning curve, however, and it isn’t really designed with engineering in mind… so you have to be careful when creating parts that require tight specs. You can’t just (for example) grab a .9mm hole you made in an object, and say “make it 1.1mm”. Instead, I find you have to plan in advance, and really know what you want up front, because tweaking can be a bear. There are some addons, like measureit, that help quite a bit, but it is still trial and error.
What do you use? What are the pros and cons as you see it?