Free Autodesk 3ds Max Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max is Blender, which is both free and 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 (Freemium), Bforartists (Free, Open Source), Rocket 3F (Free Personal) and GLC_Player (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 21, 2021

    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.
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      Blender vs Autodesk 3ds Max opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max.
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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!
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      bilaldjaghout Multi purpose, great for modeling, animation and it's getting better on UVs. Cool community and careful developers
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      Blender is free but is hard to use
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Lower learning curve and high usability.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      mediaholdings It's free and there is a lot of information available on the internet to learn it.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      cdcsdces the most powerful, actively developing
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      zakirshikhli it is free, very powerful. lots of tutorials, lots of render engines, active development.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    4. Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers. Modeling with Rocket 3F is like drawing - very Simple and Inspiring! The Most important feature of Rocket 3F is Workflow! It is Fast Fun and Friendly!
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      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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    5. 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.
    6. Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with Java 5 or later.
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      Some users think Art of Illusion is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max, some don't.
      I love java and will start to develop a fork of this project.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    7. Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create complete, detailed, textured 3D models ready to be rendered.

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      The addon is no longer updated. Last version, 2.5, can be still downloaded from the official website. DAZ 3D offers it as free since December 2017.

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      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.

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      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 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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