At the Maker Lab, we use and love free and open-source design software. Open-source software is developed by a volunteer community, and shared with everyone. Some favorites include Inkscape, GIMP, and Blender.

2D Design

3D Design


Equipment Software

File Formats

  • 3D Printing: .STL (StereoLithography), .OBJ (Object)
  • Laser Cutting: .SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), .PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • CNC Milling: .SVG
  • Electronic Cutter: .SVG

When exporting a design file for one of our machines, please note the preparation instructions on our equipment page.