8 Useful 3D Modeling Tools

Three-dimension electronics is one of the hottest trends right now.  People are watching movies in theaters in 3D, buying TVs that are in 3D, and are playing video game consoles that support 3D gaming.  Even 3D printing is becoming a hot new trend.  If you are interested in getting into 3D modeling, we have a list of some of the best software that helps you work with preparing geometric data. Below are 8 3D free applications that are worth check out:

amabilis 3DCrafter

amabilis 3DCrafter is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that has an intuitive drag-and-drop approach.  3DCrafter can create complex models that can be constructed from simple 3D primitives or using 3DCrafter Shape Building Tools.

Anim8or

Anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation application.  The software has a Grid Control, Material Editor, Visual Quality, and OpenGL Workspace.

Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is an open source 3D modeling program that lets users create textures, perform ray traces, and render imagery.

Blender

Blender is an open source 3D modeling application that can be used to model characters, create skeletons very quickly, customize hard and subdivision surfaces, and it has a node based Blender Shading System.  Blender can also support collision detection and dynamics simulation.

K-3D
K-3D is a 3D modeling application that has a plugin-oriented procedural engine for its content.  K-3D has an interactive tutorial system that introduces you to basic use of the program.

K3DSurf

K3DSurf is a program to visualize and manipulate models in 3, 4, 5, and 6 dimensions.  K3DSurf supports parametric equations and isosurfaces.

Seamless3d

Seamless3d is an open source 3D modeling software that is designed for artists that want to express their creativity.  Seamless3d features include a WYSIWYG editor, infinite undo/redo, a tree view interface, FFmpeg/AVI/MPG/MP4/FLV support, morphing, JPG/PNG texture formats, Multi-User 3D chat web browsing, polygon subdivision, and Beziers & NURBS lathes.

SketchUp 

SketchUp allows you to redecorate a room, create a new piece of furniture, and model a city for Google Earth.  You can use the software to build models from scratch.

Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that lets you draw the plan of your house and arrange furniture.  Features include the ability to draw straight, add furniture, change textures, and import blueprints.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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