Here's our list of commonly used software in the Collaboratory. They all have free versions and typically do not require you to download or install any software.
Carve material with our Carvey. Easel by Inventables is free-to-use online design software for generating CNC toolpaths to carve wood and plastic.
Cut paper, make cards, create and edit pre-made projects, or draw original designs for the Cricut. Cricut Design Space is a free design software and has plenty of examples for getting started.
Design for laser cutting and etching. Corel Vector is a free online-based or desktop vector program. You can create an account to save your designs to the cloud.
Learn laser cutting basics. Learn how to format your drawings for the laser cutter
Design 3D models for 3D printing. TinkerCAD is a free, online-based application for designing 3D objects, and is super easy to use! Submit your prints to 3Dprinting@northbrook.info
3D printing online community. Thingiverse is an online community that shares 3D designs for 3D printing and laser etching/cutting. Note: No copyrighted materials, please!