Best Free 3D Modeling Software

If you have some time to invest in learning how to use these free 3D software programs, you could produce some pretty cool work, and maybe even make a little money! The programs below are power tools, and they are free to download and use.

Blender

blender

Blender is a free 3D modeling program similar to Maya or 3ds Max. It is open source software, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some things you can do with Blender:

  • Create 3D objects (which can also be exported for use with other programs)
  • Create 3D animations and entire 3D movies
  • Design and create interactive 3D games

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SweetHome3D

SweetHome3D

SweetHome3D is a free 2D and 3D interior design program. It is open source, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some things you can do using SweetHome3D.

  • Quickly create a 2D floor plan and 3D model of your home
  • Place furnishings within the model to better visualize how it would look
  • Print a design layout or save to a PDF file, and share with other

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BRLCAD

brlcad

BRLCAD is a free 2D and 3D CAD and solid modeling program, somewhat similar to AutoCAD. It is open source software, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some things you can do using BRLCAD:

  • Design machine parts, and entire machines
  • Most things that AutoCAD would do (although not as intuitively / easily)

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FreeCAD

freecad

FreeCAD is a free general purpose 2D and 3D CAD program, somewhat similar to AutoCAD. It is open source, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some things you could you FreeCAD for:

  • Design an architectural layout of a house, or other building
  • Import AutoDesk files with .DXF extension

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SketchUp

sketchup

SketchUp is an easy to learn and use 3D modeling program. It comes in limited free and paid full versions, but is free for personal. It is available on Windows and Mac. Here are some things you can do using SketchUp:

  • Quickly create 3D models, especially buildings, both interior and exterior
  • Match your model up with real photos, and/or use textures from photos on your model
  • Design buildings and landmarks and submit them to Google, to appear on Google Earth
  • Export models in .DWG or .DXF format and use them in AutoCAD.

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