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Most User-Friendly 3D Print Software for Mac

I work in plastic manufacturing but I'm old school - most of my experience is with injection molds. Our company has just partnered with a small 3d printing company and I wanted to get to know a bit about it to ease communication. I already asked some of the people in the 3d printing department what software they used and they each had their preferences. I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestions for the most intuitive 3d printing software. I already asked the guys over at http://www.mcadcentral.com/ but they're at a professional level that's a bit difficult for me to follow. I understand this could be simply sink or swim with no gray area but if anyone can recommend any beginners software for 3d printing, I'd be much obliged.

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Most folk learn their apps.

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I may be guessing here but you seem to be asking for apps that require no or little learning.

-> That's a bad idea. Why? I find that apps that are too easy usually can't do much.

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Beginners Software

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Yeah, I think I may have phrased my question poorly. I suppose I meant what program is a good one with which to start. I'm interested in learning but I don't always do well by jumping in the deep end. I was curious as to what program offers a decent jumping on point for a beginner...a good starting point for future development. I hope that makes sense.

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Now that we clarified that.

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I think the best apps would be the one that came with your 3D printer. Most have a simple click to print. And with files ready to print from a cloud of things, many are happy with just that. Creating a new thing just takes time and will test the new CAD person's patience.

That done, my son opted to take more CAD classes in college. While you can learn on your own, I still encounter folk that demand no training in technical oriented apps. Last week another post where the member wanted to write apps, but wrote no code as that's too complicated. Sometimes you have to dig in and learn.

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