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rewolff

3D modeling software for Linux.

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Hi,

I don't have any Windows machines. Ultimaker being open hardware and using lots of open software, I was expecting the whole process to be doable from Linux.

I heard about "google sketchup" and that people are using it to create 3D printable models. Knowing google is a mainly-linux-shop I considered that problem solved.

Now that I have an ultimaker sitting at home, I've thought of something I'd like to make. It's pretty simple. It probably can be done without a 3D printer, but what the heck, now I have a 3D printer.... And starting with "simple" objects helps with the learning curve of the modeling software.

Anyway, I moved to installing google sketchup.... No Linux download. People report it works under wine: Well not for me: the installer correctly notes that I don't have Windows XP service pack 2 installed.

So that leads to my current question: How do I make a 3D model if I use Linux?

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I'm using "freecad" at the moment. Surprisingly nice software. :-)

There are a few things I may still need to learn. For example, I can't imagine that there is no way to graphically move objects. I just enter the coordinates. Makes for nice and exact measures, but the ease-of-use for others than me is probably very low....

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