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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 VFX Software or 3D Animators. 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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    Silo

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Silo Professional is the main version of Silo, which gives users access to everything Silo has to offer. This includes Silo's core modeling toolset, as well as advanced features for UV editing, displacement painting, re-topologization, and more.

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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.

    ⚫︎ PortableK-3D can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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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    Vue

    • Mac
    • Windows

    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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    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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    Swift 3D

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Swift 3D software is a easy-to-use 3D modeling and animation tool that converts 3D into vector files in Flash swf, WPF, and Silverlight XAML. The software works with Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight and Expression Blend, 3ds Max, and PowerPoint to silverlight converter.

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    Discontinued

    Erain.com the developer of Swift 3D is no longer in business.

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    Archipelis 3D

    • Mac
    • Windows

    With Archipelis 3D, creating 3D content is accessible for everyone. No need to be an expert to create organic shapes and textured 3D models.

    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingArchipelis 3D can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableArchipelis 3D is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableArchipelis 3D can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Curvy 3D

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Steam

    3D modelling software for artists. An easy to pick up, fast, non-technical modelling tool, ideal for first time 3D modellers. Draw in 3D, Sculpt and Paint.

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    Artist3D

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone

    Artist3D is an extraordinarily easy-to-use 3D polygon modeling tool. It works completely without forms, pull-down menus, pop-up menus and text input. Only one modeling window covers each operation function. Less than 30 operation elements control the active interaction options.

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Art of Illusion, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Some users think Art of Illusion is a great alternative to Autodesk 3ds Max, some don't.

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    picoCAD

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    picoCAD is a program to build and texture lowpoly 3D models. Programs for modelling are overly complicated, picoCAD aims to make it fun, easy, and accessible by focusing on the bare essentials. This program was made using pico 8.

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