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The Makerspace at the Health Sciences Library

Software and Resources

Sites with downloadable designs

While known primarily as a 3D model repository, Thingiverse also contains .svg files for download for laser cutting and design. Dedicated to sharing user-created digital design files under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons License. Free
Glowforge Community- Free Laser Designs
The Glowforge Community has countless free designs shared by other Glowforge users and is a great place to find project ideas, especially for beginners with limited design experience. Free
Templatemaker allows users to enter the dimensions for a custom sized papercraft or packaging project and download an .svg template to cut on a Glowforge. Free

Design tools

When you want to design your own objects. Computer stations at The Workshop also have more powerful commercial 3D design software, including Maya and 3ds Max.

Adobe Illustrator
Available for free for all VCU students, faculty, and staff, Adobe Illustrator is a professional-level tool for creating and editing .svg files that can be imported to Cricut Design Space or the Glowforge app.  Free
A free, and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format. Free
Web-based .svg editing tool Free