The following will get you fully fab lab ready, in other words, you can participate in Fab Academy, research collaborations and all the things a full fab lab is capable of doing.   Please note that our computing environment is set up as primarily dual boot Windows/Ubuntu with most all the workflows in the Linux partition.  We’ve listed here Windows-based, propriety software along with the open source and freeware that we typically use in fab labs, in case your institution or applications require Windows-based applications.  But we believe in the open source approach, which aligns with our mission of democratizing access to the tools and knowledge for education and invention.

  • The Software

2D design, raster picture, scan

GIMP
Photoshop
MyPaint

vector

lodraw
Inkscape
Illustrator
Scribus
LibreCAD
QCAD
FreeCAD
Layout

CorelDraw

3D design

programs

fab modules
alien.png alien.svg alien.cad alien.fab alien.math

SketchUp

AutoDesk-123D: http://usa.autodesk.com/autodesk-123d/
123D
Tinkercad
Blender
Art of Illusion
FreeCAD
OpenSCAD
Rhino
Grasshopper
SolidWorks
Inventor
AutoCAD
Maya
Alias
3ds Max
Catia
Pro/ENGINEER
I-DEAS NX
AC3D

audio, video

Audacity
Kdenlive
FFmpeg
MEncoder
VLC

simulation

Elmer
COMSOL
COSMOS
ANSYS
Nastran