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Free 3D Software Autodesk 123D Design

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are new to 3D modelling and still want to learn your way around it, Tinkercad is a very useful tool. But soon you will want to do more than the basic stuff and design intricate work. And then you will need a more powerful tool than Tinkercad.

Autodesk 123D Design is the next step.[/text_output][text_output]serious 3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]Autodesk 123D Design is from the same developers as Tinkercad. So the transition is really simple. The interface also looks familiar to those who have worked before in Tinkercad.[/text_output][text_output]3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]You will need to download this software on your computer, it is not browser based. You can also find many tutorials on the site. You can explore others projects to find inspiration. You can also download pre made 3D models to use in your projects. And one of the best ways to learn serious 3D modelling is to download 3D models and start modifying them.[/text_output][text_output]P.S. Learn how to make a Dodecahedron (what????) in Autodesk 123D Design.

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Tinkercad

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Have you ever wondered how to make your own 3D models? Modelling in 3D is going to be a very useful skill as 3D printers are getting more and more common. Soon every one will be able to print things like a favorite spatula or a specialized toy. But for that we will need to learn how to model that special spatula or toy first in 3D.

3D modelling comes with a steep learning curve especially if you start in programs which are super powerful but also super confusing. So how should one go about it?

Enter Tinkercad![/text_output][text_output]learn 3d modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]Tinkercad has been specially made for those people who are new to the world of 3D modelling and the full versions of 3D software are too overwhelming for them. But it doesn’t mean that you can not make good 3D models in Tinkercad. Inspite of its easy interface and relatively simple options, Tinkercad is quite powerful.[/text_output][text_output]learn 3D modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]And one of the reasons Tinkercad is perfect for beginners is that it comes with its very own mini lessons. These lessons will give you a good idea about how to draw basic shapes, navigate and pan around and merge and play with different properties of shapes. And soon you will be on your way to design that special spatula or a beloved toy![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tinkercad.com%2F|title:Tinkercad|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

V8 Working Paper Engine Model

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Engineer Aliaksei Zohlner is super talented when it comes to making tiny paper models of engines that really work.

Take a look at this working V8 engine model made entirely with paper and “some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction” and runs on compressed air. Super cool![/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here is the throttle model made with paper for this engine.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here comes the complete prototype vehicle.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Tagxedo Word Clouds

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Word clouds are a beautiful and visual way to represent information. You can even use them to analyze your writing. Or make beautiful works of art with a poetry you like. There are many applications available to turn your words into a beautiful word cloud. Wordle being one of the oldest. But wordle has its limitations. If you want more control over the final picture give Tagxedo a try.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”827″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Word Clouds with style!

[/blockquote][text_output]With Tagxedo you have more control over the shape of your picture. You can have a random cloud or you can have your words appear inside many different shapes like continents, fruits, thought bubbles etc.. You can even upload your own image and provide words to fill in that picture. You also get more variety with the layout options which really makes this application stand out. Do give it a try![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tagxedo.com%2F||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

SketchUp

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]SketchUp is a software you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. Model anything you can imagine. Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skate park for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. There’s no limit to what you can create with SketchUp.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”744″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.

[/blockquote][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”743″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]There are many versions of the software available, depending on what you want to do with it, along with paid versions. But the basic “make” version is free fro individual use which is by no means basic. Along with creating your 3D models you can browse and download thousands of models created by others in the 3D warehouse –  world’s biggest library of free 3D models.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sketchup.com%2F|title:SketchUp|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

City Creator

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]City Creator is a fantastic applet letting you make cities, complete with buildings, roads, people and vehicles, from scratch. Choose from medieville (a medieval city), snoland (a city covered in a blanket of snow) and blankton ( a modern city center). For every selection you would be given backgrounds, buildings, roofs, people and vehicles and roads/walkways according to your selection. Building the town is an easy matter of dragging the pieces on the canvas. Once you have finished making your town you can save your work, print it, send it to a friend as an ecard, set it as a desktop paper for your computer etc., although you will need to register in order to do the above. Registration is free but requires an email address. Or if you do not want to bother about registering etc., you can just play with the tool, and take a screenshot of your created city.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”770″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.citycreator.com%2F|title:City%20Creator|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Scratch

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]There are lots of Drag and Drop programming languages available but Scratch remains the most popular one. So what are drag and drop programming languages?[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”775″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]A programming language is a language which allows you to communicate with the computer. You can tell the computer what you want it to do using a programming language. There are two components of learning programming or coding as it is called now a days. First is computational thinking and second is the language itself. Computational thinking is more about how you can make a computer understand what you want it to do.
For example if you want your friend to pick up a piece of paper you can simply tell them to pick it up. But if you want to program a robot to pick up a piece of paper you, your instructions will be something like: stretch your arm, open your fingers, wrap the fingers around the piece of paper, curl the fingers, raise your arm and so on. So computational thinking is all about breaking down things in smaller tasks so the computers can understand them easily.
Syntax on the other hand is all about the language itself. It is a lot like learning a new language with its own spelling and grammar rules.
Sometimes it can get a bit over whelming to learn both the computational thinking and syntax at the same time. So the folks at MIT, the team behind Scratch, came up with the brilliant idea to provide you with blocks of code which can be fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to create a program. In this way you do not have to worry about remembering the spellings and grammar of a language, rather you can concentrate on learning how to communicate with the computer – the computational thinking. Once you get the hang of computational thinking itself, you can learn any programming language you may want.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”776″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]In Scratch you get blocks of code divided in groups like motion, appearance, control etc. All you have to do is to select a character and write a program using these blocks which will tell your character what to do.
You can make animations, greeting cards, interactive stories or even science presentations with Scratch and all the while you will get a good idea of what computational thinking is. Later on when you are learning any other programming language you can apply the same computational thinking to that language.
You can explore the projects made in scratch by others by joining Scratch community. You can learn Scratch by following along tutorials or these other resources or you can simply dig in and start creating your very own project. There is also an offline editor available which will let you create even when not connected to internet.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fscratch.mit.edu%2F|title:Scratch|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Word Clouds with Wordle

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to your own desktop to use as you wish.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”731″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wordle.net%2F|title:Wordle|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” bg_pattern=”386″ bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h6″ id=”” class=”” style=””]Like this post? Get all new posts delivered to your inbox.[/custom_headline][text_output][x_subscribe form=”423″][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Storybird

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Storybird is a free collaborative  story telling tool. This means you can make your own stories using a large number of artworks available on site, invite others to participate in making your story and once created your story can be saved and published, embedded in any website or blog, shared via facebook twitter etc. A nice tool to start the creative juices flowing.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”719″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]They even have a handy app for creating on the go.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”718″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]Fill your bookshelf with endless possibilities. Storybird has any type of book for any type of reader. Follow along as memorable stories emerge. Comment on books you enjoy to interact with their creators.[/blockquote][text_output]A word of caution for my Muslim readers. Many stories have content or art work which is not permissible in our Deen. But there are plenty of books based on permissible stuff as well. Steer clear of things prohibited by Allaah. As always enjoy what is good and leave that which is evil.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fstorybird.com%2F|title:storybird|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” bg_pattern=”386″ bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h6″ id=”” class=”” style=””]Like this post? Get all new posts delivered to your inbox.[/custom_headline][text_output][x_subscribe form=”423″][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]