We are getting a couple interns in the office this summer. They will be creating 3D models of old spacecraft. We are looking for inexpensive, free modelers that can create reliable OBJ/STL/DAE files for 3D printing. And has tools that are not cryptic and have a decent level of numeric control and readouts.
As much as I love Strata, it's 3D modeler has some serious limitations and quirks that could frustrate a newbee. So anyone have recommendations on a package that focuses on modeling, is cheep or free, and could possibly generate a decent set of UVs as well? We have been playing with Sketchup (free version), so far not that impressed.
Yeah can second MacSavers modeling in Blender is the way to go, perhaps Cheetah 3D for a small price. Alternatively Autodesk has 123D a free modeller but looks like is not any longer offered after April 2017. SketchUp is not suitable for the kind of model you're looking for. I would suggest Blender even if your interim they never touched, there's plenty of good resources to get up and running.