3d modeling software has a universal appeal that helps users break free from the confines and limitations of the physical world. People who enjoy to do things themselves instead of depending on professionals can easily render designs of new products, create realistic versions of hard to find parts or items, or just let their imaginations run wild. These 3d designs can be printed in metal, glass or plastic which increased the lifespan of the model while still allowing it to be displayed in the physical world.

For those looking to get started using 3d modeling software  for the first time, price isn’t the biggest hurdle, but in fact the complexity of the program involved. We all love having a million and one features on our technology, but such an overabundance can easily lead to confusion and frustration.  Many software suites start at the professional level out of the box which is a tough place to start if you don’t have prior experience. Engineering tools are not only a great part of the software, but they are also needed to create quality 3d renditions, unfortunate as it may be, they can be finicky when a user is just getting acquainted with the software. The flip side to that coin is software that is made with the new user in mind, but has controls that are so base, they are almost pointless.

Let’s take a look at how to get started on by looking at Tinkercad 3d modeling software. This particular application is web based and is compatible with both computers and Mac’s. What’s so great about this software is that it offers a high level of functions that work for professional users, but still is easily negotiable by regular users.

Once you are in the main account screen, you are presented with a slate that is blank for you to begin working on your project. In just about every form of software, this is considered an open work plane in which you can let your imagination take charge to bring your ideas to life. From this point, you can begin conceptualizing by adding shapes and allocating the dimensions for those shapes in the open plane. Once these are selected, you would then need to drag the shapes to the 3d space. You can stretch, shorten, lengthen and otherwise alter the shape in any way you desire within the 3d space to achieve the look you want for the base of your model.

If you make a mistake, or simply don’t like the shapes you have created, dispose of the areas you want by using the subtract option. This is also standard across all forms of modeling software, though the layout and extra features may vary depending on the software source.  These are just the basics to help you get started, but no matter which software you choose, it will come with a tutorial that will help familiarize you with the shortcut controls, features, buttons and other add on that make up the program.