3D Slash is a easy to use free 3D modeling software that lets you create models using a simple building-block concept similar to Minecraft.
Working with 3D Slash will be a bit of a shock for modeling veterans since conventional features like extrusion, revolution or sweeps are not part of the program. Instead, modeling is centered around the cuboid, a solid block that can be subdivided into smaller blocks of identical size. Users create their 3D designs by working the cuboid with an array of tools that will not be familiar from most other 3D modeling software: hammer, trowel, chisel, pulpwood, and drill. Thus, you use the hammer tool to remove individual cubes, while the trowel adds cubes. And so forth.
3D designing with these tools is easy, even for beginners. With only a little training you can achieve impressive results, like a light saber (see our tutorial). It is also noteworthy that you can import and modify existing 3D designs. By default, the tools will result in pixelated prints – if you prefer crisp edges and smooth surfaces, simply choose tool sizes below the resolution of your printer.
For your convenience, this free 3D modeling software ties in with a range of online printing services and model repositories. Or you can simply export your 3D design to STL and print it on your 3D desktop printer.
The playful, hands-on approach will be especially gratifying for hobbyists who occasionally want to create their 3D designs without having to master the mysterious lore of conventional free 3D modeling software. We also recommend it to seasoned 3D modelers who want to explore a different take on their craft. If you are a beginner with aspirations of going pro one day, you will be better off with a tool that will introduce you to the fundamentals of conventional modeling like TinkerCAD or 123D Design.
Review: 3D Slash Review: 3D Modeling Made Super Easy
Tutorial: 3D Slash Tutorial for Beginners: How to Use 3D Slash
Best free 3D modeling software (3D Design/3D CAD software) for:Hobbyists with an eye on quick result
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