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The software listed below should be free of charge for the Boise State University community. You can ask anyone in the MakerLab for help with this software.

This is not a comprehensive list of every makerspace software you could use, but this is what we generally recommend for use for our equipment.

3D Design

  • Autodesk for Students and Educators is free to the Boise State community – just be sure to sign-up using your Boise State e-mail address!
  • Thingiverse an open, community-sourced, repository for 3D objects.
  • TinkerCad a free, browser-based, 3D modeling program known for its simplicity and ease of use. A great starting place to begin learning 3D design! Check out our TinkerCAD tutorials to get started!
  • FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design
  • OpenSCAD is software for creating solid 3D CAD models, with a focus on the CAD part, so is good to use if you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts.
  • Blender is a powerful, free, and open source 3D animation suite you can use for 3D models.  Enable the 3D Printing Toolbox. It is installed on all Library Lab computers.

3D Printing

Die Cutting

  • Silhouette Studio is used to operate and create designs for our Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine.

Laser Cutter


  • Carbide Create a 2D sketching and machining program used with our CNC machine.
  • Carbide Motion a controller software used to manually operate our CNC machine.

Data Visualization

  • Tableau Public a data visualization software used to help interpret, understand, and visually communicate your research findings.