What are the best Blender alternatives?

    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 a leading 3D Modeler 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 Oct 11, 2021

    1. Substance Painter is a 3D painting software allowing you to texture, render and share your work.
    2. The Grit Game Engine is an MIT-Licensed Open Source Game Engine that is highly scriptable via Lua. It supports huge open world maps and dynamically streams assets from disk.
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    3. LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Windows
      • Linux
      Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible.
    4. 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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    5. Lumion is a real-time 3D visualization tool for making movies and still shots of architecture, planning and design. It is also possible to give live demonstrations.
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    6. forger is a digital sculpting application for the artist who wants to be able to sculpt anywhere. forger lets you sculpt while you are on the train, sitting on the couch, or waiting in a queue.
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      Most users think forger is a great alternative to Blender.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Blockbench is a free 3D modeling program featuring a modern and intuitive UI, plugin support and innovative features. It is the industry standard for creating custom 3D models for the Minecraft Marketplace.
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Main features are: -Sculpting tools Clay, flatten, smooth, mask and many other brushes will let you shape your creation. Need hard lines? you will also find some lasso/line/curve cutting tools.
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    7. The easy way to create realistic faces 3D human faces from 1 or 2 photographs or at random. Adjust age, race, gender and 150 other controls. Apply faces to any polygonal mesh and UV map.
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