I’ve been getting into 3d printing lately.  I have a makerbot replicator 2 and love it.  Here is a list of some of the tools I’d recommend picking up if you would like to create custom models from scratch:

  • Digital Calipers - used to measure dimenions of physical objects ie diameter of a cylinder
  • Ruler
  • Notebook - for skething, I like the Rhodia brand b/c their graph paper has 5mm squares
  • Google Sketchup - free software software for creating models
  • STL export plugin for sketchup - if you go the Sketchup route you're going to need this plugin to export files the printer can read