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Free Autodesk 3ds Max Alternatives

The best free alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max is Blender, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max are SketchUp, Bforartists, GLC_Player and Rocket 3F.

Autodesk 3ds Max alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Painting Apps or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Autodesk 3ds Max.
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3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animations.

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  1. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.

    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
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    cdcsdces

    the most powerful, actively developing

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    It is really powerfull. It is only a 100 MB file (3ds Max is 1+ GB file). It really really requires low resources from a modest PC. Its is free!

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    Blender is free but is hard to use

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    Lower learning curve and high usability.

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    mediaholdings

    It's free and there is a lot of information available on the internet to learn it.

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    zakirshikhli

    it is free, very powerful. lots of tutorials, lots of render engines, active development.

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    bilaldjaghout

    Multi purpose, great for modeling, animation and it's getting better on UVs. Cool community and careful developers

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  2. SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid...

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    Some users think SketchUp is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max, some don't.


  3. Bforartists is a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. It offers you the full 3D art pipeline to create game graphics, prerendered movies and stills.

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    hamadaspider

    i learn blender with this software , many thanx for devolp

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    GLC_Player

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    GLC_Player is a software used to view 3D models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF and COFF format are supported) and to navigate easily in these models.

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    It is only a viewer, and not a modeler.

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    Rocket 3F

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers.

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    TouchDesigner

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    TouchDesigner is a complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and UIs. Derivative makes and supports TouchDesigner and offers their services to do custom production using TouchDesigner.

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    K-3D

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package.

    Discontinued

    According to the official website k-3d.org :The latest "source code" release is from November 2015. And the latest binary executable release is even older. According to its Sourceforge page ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/k3d/files/K-3D Win32 Binaries/ ), latest release is from june 2010.

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    Gmsh

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities.

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    Zmodeler

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler) is a 3D modeling application. It is aimed at modelers who model for computer games such as 18 Wheels of Steel, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Midtown Madness or similar video games.

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    Anim8or

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Anim8or is a free 3D modeling and character animation program.

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