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formZ is described as *'General purpose 3D solids and surface modeler

form•Z, the 3D form synthesizer, is above all a 3D modeling program, even though it also includes drafting, rendering and animation. Additional photorealistic rendering is offered by form•Z RenderZone Plus.

It is a general purpose'* and is a 3D Modeler in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to formZ for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPad. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like formZ are SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds Max, Bforartists and MODO.

formZ alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be CAD Software or 3D Animators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of formZ.
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General purpose 3D solids and surface modeler

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  1. Blender icon

    Blender

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Steam
    149 alternatives to Blender 

    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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    1.  3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    5.  Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    6.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    7.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    8.  Parametric ModelingBlender can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    9.  Support for scriptingBlender supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Strong support of subdivision and displacement with Adaptive subdivision, Catmull-Clark and linear schemes, Displacement and Bump mapping.
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    SketchUp

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    161 alternatives to SketchUp 

    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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  3. Autodesk 3ds Max icon

    Autodesk 3ds Max

    89 alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max 

    3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animations.

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    1.  Parametric ModelingAutodesk 3ds Max can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Autodesk 3ds Max, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Bforartists

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS
    78 alternatives to Bforartists 

    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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    1.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Bforartists.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Bforartists, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  LightweightBforartists consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  3D SculptingBforartists offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    UV Mapping
  5. MODO icon

    MODO

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    105 alternatives to MODO 

    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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    1.  3D SculptingMODO offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Support for scriptingMODO supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for MODO to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    4.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MODO, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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  6. Sketchfab icon

    Sketchfab

    84 alternatives to Sketchfab 

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins.

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    1.  3D SculptingSketchfab offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Built-in viewerSketchfab shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    Browse a huge archive of content
    Full community features
  7. ArchiCAD icon

    ArchiCAD

    • Mac
    • Windows
    74 alternatives to ArchiCAD 

    ArchiCAD offers computer aided solutions for handling all common aspects of aesthetics and engineering during the whole design process of the built environment — buildings, interiors, urban areas, etc.

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    Assetforge

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    125 alternatives to Assetforge 

    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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  9. K-3D icon

    K-3D

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    53 alternatives to K-3D 

    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.

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    1.  PortableK-3D can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      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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    • Fragmentarium icon

      Fragmentarium

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      74 alternatives to Fragmentarium 

      Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU.

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      1.  Procedural ModelingFragmentarium can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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