LightWave Alternatives

    LightWave is described as '3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to LightWave for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LightWave are SketchUp (Freemium), Autodesk Maya (Paid), Wings 3D (Free, Open Source) and Autodesk 3ds Max (Paid).

    This page was last updated May 21, 2021

    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.
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      pythonDave Blender shows up as a very good alternative to Lightwave 3D, not mention they share some UI paradigm. A definitive choice for independent artists.
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    2. 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 Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.
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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including: * Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches & Trims, Metaballs * Animation - Keyframed animation and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion...
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    10. Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers. Modeling with Rocket 3F is like drawing - very Simple and Inspiring! The Most important feature of Rocket 3F is Workflow! It is Fast Fun and Friendly!
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