3D Slash: the free 3D design software inspired by Minecraft


3D software is an important part of 3D printing because it allows users to perform a number of critical tasks. Among these are modeling software that allows you to design the parts that will be 3D printed. However, many of the software available can be difficult to use. Enter 3D Slash. One of the most popular 3D printing modeling software on the market, 3D Slash was created by Sylvain Huet, a French engineer who took inspiration from the popular online game Minecraft. He launched 3D design software in 2014 with co-founder Quentin Jacomet.

While known for its free option, which offers a web version and online storage as well as 8 standard colors, there are also paid 3D Slash options starting at around $ 2 per month. In the premium version ($ 24 per year), users can also create their designs in high resolution and have no limitations on colors. In addition, they will be able to export without a queue and will have access to the 3D Slash application on their mobile. These advantages are also available academically (designed specifically as the name suggests for those looking to use the software for educational purposes) and professionally.

Examples of Slash 3D ideas

Some of the possible designs you can achieve with 3D Slash (photo credits: 3D Slash)

As part of the school plan (which starts at just $ 12 per month for 50 users), there is a team management feature as well as the educational discount. The software can be easily integrated into classrooms and is suitable for children from the age of 5, helping them to develop 3D modeling and engineering skills. Finally, there is the Professional program (starting at $ 20 per month) which allows the designs to be used for commercial purposes with all of the other benefits mentioned earlier.

Using the 3D slash

It certainly makes sense that 3D Slash is considered one of the easiest 3D design software to use. It is both intuitive and fun as it treats modeling like a game. Similar to Minecraft, the platform has a cube as its most basic element. Users have a variety of “tools” on the platform. The most basic elements are removing cubes with the hammer and adding cubes with the trowel. There is also a chisel which will remove slices of cubes and a wall function which adds a line. With the drill, you can remove an entire piece at a time, explode into a mass of cubes before disappearing. The entire platform is intuitive and fun to use, taking the stress out of the creative process.

Moreover, thanks to its popularity, the program is also compatible with many other 3D software sites. For example, it can be integrated with both Thingiverse and moderately EasyFactory, making it easier for users to download STL or OBJ files directly from these sites, eliminating the need to design from scratch. 3D Slash was also the first 3D authoring tool integrated with Google Drive, enabling 3D content for teamwork, a recent version of the software has also been released and can be used with Raspberry Pi. In addition, with the latest ones versions of the software make it even easier to work with because users can now edit part of a design with just one click, and its engraving feature simplifies reproducing patterns or names. You can read more about 3D Slash in the video below or on their website HERE.

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* Miniature photo credits: 3D slash


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