You do not need to install anything on your computer to use the DreamVendor, but some programs and websites that we have found helpful are included below to help with your 3D printing experience.

netfabb is a free and very handy utility for checking that your STL file has been correctly exported from CAD, and for fixing it if it has not been. When a part will not load or crashes the DreamVendor user interface, netfabb is generally the first troubleshoot you should try. The program will generally display a large red exclamation mark if anything is wrong with your file.

If you are new to CAD or just want to try printing someone else’s model, Thingiverse is a great site with tons of 3D models to choose from.

If you’re looking for where to find CAD software to create your 3D models, the Virginia Tech CAD Laboratory in Randolph Hall (114E) is open to all VT students and provides access to many CAD software packages, including Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and NX. Additionally, Autodesk provides Inventor to students free of charge on their Education Community site.