Rank 3, Solid Works: Next in line is Solid Works, a popular 3D design solution for engineers.It focuses on the rapid creation of parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings but comes with a hefty price tag.However, once designers master this tool, they are quite likely to advance to other, more sophisticated programs.This is why we were surprised to see Tinkercad as high as the 10 rank, only slightly behind its bigger, more professional, brothers from Autodesk (such as Auto CAD, Maya, 3ds Max and Inventor).
Sketch Up is known for its beginner-friendly learning curve and features tons of tools for geometric objects.
The community is especially keen on sharing and spreading resources: Blender has lots of forum entries, You Tube videos and Google search results related to 3D printing content.
This popularity is down to two reasons: first, Blender gives its users enormous design freedom with nearly innumerable tools, and second, it’s a free open-source software.
Rank 6, Maya: Maya brands itself as a ‘computer animation software’ rather than a 3D modeling software since most of its users use the program for animation, simulation, and rendering purposes.
Nevertheless, Maya is considered one of the most popular tools in the 3D printing community.