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Open Source Autodesk 3ds Max Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max is Blender. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max are Bforartists, GLC_Player, Art of Illusion and K-3D.

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.
This page was last updated May 21, 2021
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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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max.
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    cdcsdces

    the most powerful, actively developing

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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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  about 5 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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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

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  2. 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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  3. GLC_Player

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • 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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  4. Art of Illusion

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Art of Illusion vs Autodesk 3ds Max opinions
    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.

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  5. K-3D

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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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.

    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.



  6. 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.

  7. Dead Deer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • Daydream

    Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games.

  8. CrackArt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    CrackArt is a free open source 3D paint and texturing application that includes Texture Painting, Texture Baking, Procedural Materials and Textures, and much more.

    Discontinued

    The domain is long dead and the SourceForge project has not been updated since 2013.

  9. DeleD CE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    DeleD is a 3D modeler and level-editor combined into one. It focuses at game development and is specifically designed to create static objects/worlds.

  10. OpenFX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    OpenFX is an open-source, free modeling and animation studio, distributed under the GNU General Public License.

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