What are the best Blender alternatives in 2021?

    Blender is described as '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' and is one of the leading apps in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Blender for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPad. The best alternative is Autodesk Maya. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Wings 3D or Natron. Other great apps like Blender are Autodesk 3ds Max (Paid), Cinema 4D (Paid), Bforartists (Free, Open Source) and VRoid Studio (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 9, 2021

    1. 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 Blender.
    2. Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements in those features before Wings goes 1.0.
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      Wings 3D vs Blender opinions
      Most users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to Blender.
      Simplistic modeling, excellent UV mapping interface, obj and gltf/glb export, great mouse interface. Buggy but the best free and simple 3d modeler.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      it makes really good models just like blender
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. Overview Model your vision down to the last detail 3ds Max offers a rich and flexible toolset to create premium designs with full artistic control.
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      Most users think Autodesk 3ds Max is a great alternative to Blender.
    4. Natron is an open source, cross platform nodal compositing application. It is built around industry standard open source tech such as OpenFX, OpenEXR, OpenColorIO and OpenImageIO.
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      Natron vs Blender opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Natron is still a legitimate alternative to Blender, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      tvgoing1 it does not build 3d models, it has no game design, natron is mostly use for videos, and it doesnt allow 3d models in the program
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      It's not for Composing in 3D!
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      It does compositing too. If this isn't an alternative, you might want to take Nuke off as well
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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      Does not make programmable games but has keyframing and animation as well as graphics rendering
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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    5. 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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      Cinema 4D vs Blender opinions
      Most users think Cinema 4D is a great alternative to Blender.
      erisdiscord Cinema 4D is a professional alternative to Blender the only other contender is Maya but I consider Cinema 4D to be the best non-free 3D editor suite out there.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. 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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      Bforartists vs Blender opinions
      Most users think Bforartists is a great alternative to Blender.
      It is the most direct match up to blender on this list and is easier to use too. It has the exact same feature set too.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      • FreeProprietary
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      pixiv has released "VRoid Studio", a character maker that allows users to create, in easy steps, 3D model characters which can be used in various VR\AR platforms as well as the production 3DCG animation and games.
      VRoid Studio vs Blender opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VRoid Studio is a great alternative to Blender.
      It is a dress up game rather than a 3d model making software
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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      Its a 3D character maker, not a 3D modeling tool
      Negative comment 14 days ago

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    7. The all-in-one-digital sculpting solution.
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      Almost everyone thinks ZBrush is a great alternative to Blender.
    8. Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. Shapr3D is the only truly mobile CAD app - a quick but precise way to create 3D models for engineering, design, 3D prints, and more.
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      Shapr3D vs Blender opinions
      Most users think Shapr3D is a great alternative to Blender.
      good application, but the lack of actual modeling tools and freemium aspect make it not that great, maybe a good app for 3d printing, but nowhere near the level of blender
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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    9. Armory is an open-source 3D game engine with full Blender integration, turning it into a complete game development tool. The result is a unified workflow from start to finish, making you work faster. No more jumping between different applications.
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