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Gmsh is described as '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' and is an app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Gmsh for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Windows Phone. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Gmsh are Autodesk Maya, Wings 3D, Autodesk 3ds Max and Rhinoceros.

Gmsh 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 Gmsh.
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Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a...

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  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.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    ⚫︎ Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBlender is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
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    GMSH is primarily a mesh generator with rudimentary CAD capabilities. Blender is neither of those. It is for "artistic" 3D modeling

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    Autodesk Maya

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Autodesk Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Autodesk Maya, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingAutodesk Maya offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Wings 3D

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    There is no support in Wings for doing animations.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Wings 3D, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Modeling by Jove Chiere
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    Autodesk 3ds Max

    • Windows

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

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    Rhinoceros

    • Mac
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingRhinoceros can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ Procedural ModelingRhinoceros can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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    Fragmentarium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler) is a 3D modeling application. It is aimed at modelers who model for computer games such as 18 Wheels of Steel, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Midtown Madness or similar video games.

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    Main window with mesh
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    DeleD CE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    DeleD is a 3D modeler and level-editor combined into one. It focuses at game development and is specifically designed to create static objects/worlds.

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    3DTin

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    3DTin is a browser based 3D modelling tool.

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    Discontinued

    Project discontinued in 2016

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    VoidWorld

    • Windows

    VoidWorld is a 3D modeling and animation tool. It provides a wide range of tools.

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