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Digital Humanities at Georgia Southern

3D & Maker Tools

This extensive list of tools and projects are great for learning and can be extremely useful for media creators and artists.



Arduino: Basic electronic maker.

Raspberry Pi: Extremely small computers that you can program however you want.

PCPartPicker: Helps the user put together a blueprint of compatible computer hardware and shows price trends and how much the parts cost.


3D Modeling:

Agisoft Metashape: Photogrammetry software for creating 3D models.  Student: edition relatively inexpensive.

RealityCapture: Photogrammetry software for creating 3D models, faster and better with larger numbers of photos but need to purchase after the demo.

Tinkercad: Basic version of Autodesk software, useful for simple 3D modeling.  Autodesk makes the (largely) 2D drafting software AutoCAD.

Sculptris: Digital sculpting.  Slightly more difficult to use than Tinkercad.  Many people move between them, using Sculptris for more "organic" forms.  ZBrush is the premium version.

SketchUp: Originally designed by Google but now independent, an alternative to Tinkercad.  There is an education discount page.

123D: Medium-powered version of Autodesk 3D modeling.

Cura: Preparation software for 3D printing.

Fusion 360: Robust Autodesk 3D modeling. Three-year student and educator license.

Maya: 3D animation software, also Autodesk.  And for games 3ds Max.  See also the game engines under "Gaming."

Blender: Free and robust, but like Fusion 360 and Maya professional--supports the entire 3D "pipeline."


3D Files: 

Smithsonian Collection: Ready for printing 3D scans from the Smithsonian.

British Museum: Collection is on Sketchfab, which has lots of other models.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Collection is on Thingverse, which has lots of other models.  Here is a blog about it.

Materials Used in Conjunction with the January 2017 workshop at Georgia Southern's Fab Lab



Georgia Southern's maker space, with 3D printers and laser cutters.  The Digital Humanities program will has its own on

campus maker space, recording studio, digital room and public history gallery.