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 (Freemium), Autodesk Maya (Paid), Cinema 4D (Paid) and Rhinoceros (Paid).

    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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      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  about 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 8 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. 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.
    4. 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. Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including: * Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches & Trims, Metaballs * Animation - Keyframed animation and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion...
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    7. 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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      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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      Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres... in a few mouse clicks.
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    8. LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.
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