3D Design and Software

There are many 3D design packages out there. Some of them are free and some have to be paid for. In this section we will be taking a look at what's available and what each package offers.

Free CAD and 3D Modelling Programs

ZX Spectrum Next Laptop

Here is my initial 3D render of my ZX Spectrum Next Laptop which I'll be 3D printing in the coming weeks when I receive the final PCB.

Aug 27, 2017
Acorn A5000 2nd Floppy Drive Mount

Here we have another retro computer modification. This time I want to be able to mount a 2nd Floppy Disk drive an Acorn A5000. Here is a picture of my A5000 for those not familiar with Acorn computers.

Feb 16, 2017
Pokémon Go Gym

Following on from the relatively simple Pokécoin model I did last time, here I will try to make a decent 3D printable model of a Pokémon Go gym.

Aug 09, 2016
Pokémon Go Pokécoin

Here I created a Pokécoin from the massively successfully game Pokémon Go for you to print on a 3D printer.

Aug 02, 2016
Raspberry Pi Acorn RISC OS Case

I finally got my hands on a Raspberry Pi 3 earlier this week and straight away went in search of a cool RISC OS / Acorn themed case.

Jun 25, 2016
Acorn Archimedes A3010 IDE Back Panel

Continuing on from my previous A3010 Acorn Archimedes article I've now got the machine working and wanted to design and 3D print a custom back panel for my IDE Compact Flash drives.

May 15, 2016
Acorn Archimedes A3010 Replacement Disk Eject Button

Today I've been restoring my old Acorn Archimedes A3010 computer which I used back in about 1993. Back then it was state of the art compared to the 386 PCs of the day and it was supposedly great for education (Acorn machines were mainly used in schools here in the UK in the '80s and '90s).

Apr 17, 2016
Fantasy World Dizzy 3D Scene

This is by far the largest 3D printed project I've attempted to date. One of the most played videogames of my youth, Fantasy World Dizzy gets a 3D printed makeover.

Mar 26, 2016
Sinclair C5 Keyring

As I'm super familiar with all things C5, here is a 3D printable C5 keyring! Although you can print this out with regular home 3D printers which print with heated plastic extruders...

Mar 25, 2016
SNES Bomberman

It's been a while since my last retro video game inspired print so, with a large amount of inspriation from Clammylizard, here we make a 3D printed trophy using an original SNES Bomberman sprite

Mar 17, 2016
Automatic Supports VS Manual Supports

Here we attempt to print the Idol from Radiers of the Lost Ark using manual supports and compare it to using automatic supports on a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer.

Jan 03, 2016
Sinclair C5 Keyswitch Battery Adapter

Sinclair C5 Keyswitch Battery Adapter made with the 3D printer. Use larger batteries without needing a wiring kit.

Oct 03, 2015
Video: Creating a 3D Printable Model from a 2D Bitmap Sprite

Creating a 3D Printable Model from a 2D Bitmap Sprite - ZX Spectrum Rebelstar

Aug 31, 2015
Stop the Express Money Box

Here we re-use some previously designed 3D models for the retrogame Stop the Express and create a Money Box out of a train carriage.

Aug 27, 2015
Amiga Elite Loading Screen Trophy

Elite on the Commodore Amiga gets some 3D printed treatment. We re-create part of the loading screen into a 3D model.

Aug 26, 2015
Stop the Express in 3D

8-bit retro game "Stop the Express" is given the 3D printing treatment. Here we produce a framed 3D picture of a scene from the game.

Aug 19, 2015
Sinclair C5 Gearbox Remade

Another retro project that has been occupying my thoughts for some time now. I have a pair of Sinclair C5 electric vehicles (released in 1985) sat in the garage.

May 22, 2015
Manic Miner gets the Boot

Here we have a bit of fun with the old Manic Miner boot graphic many retro gamers will be familiar with. It's time to make another 3D printed tropy.

Apr 12, 2015
Plantpot with Watering Cloud

Here we create a fun looking Plantpot with a Cloud supsended above which can be filled with water to "Rain" on your plant.

Feb 22, 2015
ZX Spectrum Horace Goes Skiing

Horace Goes Skiing, the ZX Spectrum game from 1982 gets turned into a 3D trophey.

Feb 01, 2015
ZX Spectrum Chaos Fridge Magnets

Here we recreate some of the sprites from the classic ZX Spectrum game "Chaos: Battle of the Wizards" into printed objects with magets embedded on the back.

Jan 18, 2015
Creating 3D models from 2D Bitmap images

In this post I will be creating a 3D printable model from a 2D image, using a combination of our automated tool and also manually recreating parts in CAD.

Jan 16, 2015
Html5 CSS3 3D Cube

Create a 3D cube using the 3D transform features of CSS3. No plugins required this is a pure Javascript, Html and C55 solution that works in most modern browsers and iOS.

Jan 04, 2015
Back to the Future: 3D Printed Flux Capacitor

Here we recreate the iconic Flux Capicitor from the Back to the Future films. All the required STL files can be downloaded. It is especially designed for those wanting to add an Arduino micro controller for animating the lights.

Jan 03, 2015
Replacing Broken Sinclair C5 Indicator Clips

Here we use the power of 3D Printing to create a set of plastic clips to fix an old set of direction indicators for the Sinclair C5.

Dec 24, 2014
Three.js the Javascript/WebGL 3D Graphics Library

A little look at three.js, the WebGL 3D graphics library that makes creating realtime 3D graphics on the web a doddle.

Dec 22, 2014
Testing Print Detail Levels

3D Printing software often contain a lot of settings to allow you to fine-tune how the printer will create printed objects. One of these important settings is the Layer Height setting.

Dec 09, 2014
Autodesk: 123D Design

Before I owned a 3D printer I had never used a CAD program before, let alone a 3D one. After purchasing my first printer I needed to learn 3D CAD and I wanted to do it with a free App if possible.

Dec 09, 2014
Blender

Blender is well known for its 3D modelling capabilities and is often used for creating 3D models for games, animations etc.

Dec 09, 2014
Printing Large Models - The Terminator T-800

Okay, so I haven't printed too many large objects on the 3D Printer. The largest so far has been the Sinclair C5 model which, although not too big takes about 4 hours when printed on the medium quality setting on the Makerbot Replicator 2.

Dec 08, 2014
Sinclair C5 Scale Model

Here is the first model of a Sinclair C5 created with a Makerbot 3D printer. It is roughly 1/10 in scale to a real C5 and is composed of 17 different parts created on the printer and then clipped or glued together to create the final model.

Dec 06, 2014
Manic Miner Willy

Here is a familiar character from the 1980's ZX Spectrum game Manic Miner. Recreated as a 3D CAD Model and printed on a Makerbot 3D printer.

Dec 03, 2014
Manic Miner - Level 1

Here is the original screenshot of the ZX Spectrum game Manic Miner recreated in a 3D modelling package and made into a 3D picture.

Dec 02, 2014
Cooling Fan Bracket for Sinclair C5

This useful bracket is designed to allow you to mount a 120mm cooling fan on the end of the Motor in a Sinclair C5.

Dec 01, 2014

If you have tried a package for 3D design. Whether it be CAD or 3D Modelling and would like to include it here then please get in touch.