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How to Self-Learn 3D Modeling

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Developing 3D modeling skills becomes a must for anyone who no longer wants to be limited to basic designs and models that can be downloaded or bought on the Internet.

Lack of how-to knowledge and basic orientation in 3D space are common beginner problems. Popular software, both free and paid, offer quite complicated solutions with a massive toolset which is difficult to memorize and start using. To make the learning curve easier, SelfCAD editor comes with simple intuitive UI and logical navigation. 

With shorter learning curve it’s now possible to develop advanced modeling skills even for complete beginners. How’s that? Instead of dedicating months and hundreds of hours just to understand the logic and get to the basics, you jump to making advanced designs in a few weeks. It’s not like playing with legos, it’s being an artist.

SelfCAD is an online 3D modeling and printing software dedicated to both professionals, beginners, and advanced hobbyists who have 3D printers and want to start modeling by themselves. SelfCAD has proven its power in universities and high schools. 

When starting with the new software well-explained interface is a must. SelfCAD provides users with tools showcase, lessons, and courses, tutorial videos that allow to easily reproduce even complex designs.

Each of unlimited creating options can be used: basic 3D shapes or custom shapes created with shape generator, drawn shapes with FreeHand Drawing or 3D sketching, Images to 3D and modifying imported files. There’s plenty to choose from. To ensure that a 3D project is as precise as possible use Measurements – this feature will help to get exact values of any element of any object created or imported.

What is the easiest way to make a 3D model?

How about converting images to 3D? Import an image and let the tool convert it into a 3D object that you can apply all the further modifications to. Perfect for creating and printing logos and custom patterns.

Sketch in 3D using standard plane orientation or create custom planes. Create custom drawn shapes, extruded and ready for further modeling modifications with FreeHand drawing tools.

Use advanced selection mode and find quick ways of applying modifications to a 3D object on any level of detail. View an object as a mesh, wireframe or both together. Make realistic models with a wide variety of sculpting brushes, add and regulate the texture. Undo and redo with changed parameters. Apply bevel and other non-linear transformations to any 3D object, both imported and designed originally in SelfCAD. Hide and isolate objects when not needed in the workspace.

Work in the browser even offline. Everything will be saved in the cloud when your connection is back on. The inbuilt slicer allows generating a GCode and 3D printing straight from your browser. No need to switch between different software while any type of what can be performed with the 3D object is already within SelfCAD.

If even basic modeling seems too difficult for now, no worries because SelfCAD works with imported designs. Import and modify downloaded STLs on a high level of detail. In other words – apply any tool to any imported STL file.

It’s so simple, get used to it quickly. Try yourself for free!

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