3D Builder: Getting familiar with the 3D modeling software for 3D printing

This is a tutorial for beginners in 3D Builder software, aiming to teach you how to use the different tools and features of the software in order to create a 3D printable model. More precisely, it will teach you how to create simple 3D models and modify their shape, how to turn a 2D picture into a 3D model and how to personalize your 3D model by embossing text on it. Last but not least, the tutorial will show you how to prepare your 3D file for 3D printing. After reading the tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Create your own 3D object
  • Convert a 2D image into a 3D object
  • Prepare your 3D object for 3D printing
Then, you can upload your model to our online 3D printing service and we will deliver it to you!

3D Builder software is a pre-installed application, provided by Microsoft. It is user friendly and simple to use, even if you don’t have any experience in design. Once you download the app, you automatically get some instructions to get started with the software. With the help of this tutorial, it will be even easier to handle the various features, and the whole design experience is pretty smooth. 

3D Builder gives the possibility to create simple 3D objects from the beginning. In addition, it is possible to download some 3D models from the software’s library and modify them in order to personalize them according to your needs. One of the greatest features of the software is that enables the creation of 3D objects out of a 2D picture. This means that either you insert a 2D image or you take a camera shot, you can have any 2D object turned into 3D! In the same way you can work with the scanning option. You just scan the object, import the file to the software, edit it and send it for 3D printing. 

With 3D builder, it is possible to open many different formats of 3D files, such as 3MF, STL, OBJ, PLY, WRL (VRML v2.0) and glTF(v2.0) files. With respect to the 2D files, it can open formats such as BMP, JPG, PNG, and TGA files. Moreover, you can export your files in 3MF, STL, PLY, or OBJ format.

The software doesn’t need any special requirements, but it only runs for Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile. And of course, it is for free. All you have to do is download the app here.


  • 1.1. Getting started and setting the units
  • 1.2. Insert a 3D shape
  • 1.3. Activate the editing options for your 3D shape
  • 1.4. Give dimensions to your 3D shape
  • 1.5. Duplicate your 3D object
  • 1.6. Check the stability of your object
  • 1.7. Split your object
  • 1.8. Smooth your object
  • 1.9. Add Emboss to your object
  • 2.1. Load image
  • 2.2. The camera feature
  • 2.3. Scan option
  • 3.1. Merge your 3D objects
  • 3.2. Simplify feature
  • 3.3. Simulate the result of your 3D print
  • 3.4. Save your file for 3D printing