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Free CAD Software for 3D Printers

If you own a 3D printer you might have discovered that most of the CAD software for designing parts is either expensive or not easy to use. The eMachineShop CAD software might be your perfect solution!

The eMachineShop CAD software:


Why struggle with finicky shareware or expensive high-end software? 


eMachineShop CAD is suitable for designing gears, cams, enclosures, levers, brackets and countless other mechanical parts (2.5D shapes with up to 6 orthogonal views) but is not suited for complex curves such as those that occur in statues, faces, other biological shapes, etc.  See our custom machined parts page and Facebook page for examples of the wide variety of parts than can be modeled. 


How to use 

To use the eMachineShop CAD with a 3D printer:

  1. Create your design in the eMachineShop CAD software.
  2. File | Export to STL.
  3. Import the STL file into your 3D printer software. 

Get started



In case of difficulty exporting to STL try these techniques:

If you are not able to export, try to isolate the problem by making a copy of the design file; then remove some features; try the export again; and continue until you isolate the problem feature.

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