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Autodesk 3ds Max Alternatives for Mac

Autodesk 3ds Max is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative 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 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max are SketchUp, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D and Rhinoceros.

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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    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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    Autodesk Maya

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    Autodesk Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.

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    Most users think Autodesk Maya is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max.
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    Cinema 4D

    • Mac
    • Windows

    CINEMA 4D is a commercial, cross-platform, high-end 3-D graphics application, produced by MAXON Computer GmbH of Friedrichsdorf, Germany.

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    Most users think Cinema 4D is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max.
  5. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.

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  6. MODO is a fully featured 3D content creation application, famous primarily for it's modelling capabilities, MODO also offers a fast renderer, sculpting, painting, dynamics and animation tools.

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    Houdini

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    • Linux

    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including:.

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    GLC_Player

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • 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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    LightWave

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    • Windows

    LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.

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    Assetforge

    • Mac
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    • Linux

    Asset Forge allows anyone to create 3D models and 2D sprites using building blocks. Finished assets are compatible with most available game engines.

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