Software

Digital Design Software

Fab Lab Tulsa is a digital fabrication laboratory that heavily uses software.  Familiarity with software or at least the drive to learn new software is essential for all lab members.

The lab uses many free software packages for design purposes that anyone can download and start using on their own personal computer.  Follow the links below to view some free software packages and whenever possible utilize online tutorials to accelerate your learning experience.

2D DESIGN SOFTWARE 3D to 2D SOFTWARE  
3D DESIGN SOFTWARE 3D SCANNING SOFTWARE 3D PRINTING SOFTWARE
Inkscape 123D Make TinkerCAD 123D Catch MakerBot Desktop
Draftsight   SketchUp* Cura
SolidEdge   *Sketchup STL Extension  
 Gimp   123D Design    
  Blender    
    Sculptris     
Mesh Mixer
Fusion 360
Onshape
OpenSCAD
MICROCONTROLLER SOFTWARE  CIRCUIT DESIGN SOFTWARE      
 Arduino  Eagle      
 Python 123D Circuits       
   Fritzing
     
DesignSpark

 

Fab Modules

The MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and the international fab lab network are developing software to facilitate tool-pathing for and communicating with digital fabrication machinery commonly found in all fab labs.  You can a find a downloadable version for Ubuntu and OSX here and a web version at fabmodules.org.  This software is under development.

 

Trial and Other Software

2D DESIGN SOFTWARE 3D DESIGN SOFTWARE 
LAB MACHINERY SOFTWARE 
TurboCAD (Trial) Solidworks (Trial) CutStudio (Vinyl Cutter)
CorelDraw (Trial) Geomagic Design (Trial, fmr. Alibre) SRP Player (Desktop Milling Machine)
CorelCAD (Trial) Rhinoceros (Trial) Partworks (VCarve) (Large Milling Machine)
Adobe Products AutoDesk Inventor (Trial)  
Moment of Inspiration

 

File Formats

File format is more important than the software used to create your digital part file.  Below is a list of design file formats necessary to communicate with the lab's machinery.

MACHINE DESIGN FILE FORMAT(S)
VINYL CUTTER .JPG, .BMP, .STX, .AI, .EPS, .PDF
LASER CUTTER  .PDF
FDM 3D PRINTERS .STL, .OBJ
DESKTOP MILLING MACHINE .STL, .DXF, .3DM, .IGS, .IGES 5.2
LARGE MILLING MACHINE .CRV, .DXF, .DWG, .EPS, .AI, .PDF, .PVC, .STL, .V3D, .V3M, .JPEG, .JPG, .BMP, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF, .PNG