Free Autodesk Maya Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Autodesk Maya is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk Maya and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Autodesk Maya are SketchUp (Freemium), Wings 3D (Free, Open Source), Bforartists (Free, Open Source) and Rocket 3F (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 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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      Blender vs Autodesk Maya opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
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      Its free and open source and very powerful.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      It's free and Open Source. It has equal or way better 3D features than Autodesk Maya on it's frequent updates.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      It is free, has a big community on Youtube, a pretty friendly user interface
      Positive comment 12 days ago

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      tobin In the 2.8 update it went from being terrible to awesome, a great alternative, plus it's free!
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      nyaleymomoh open source and versatile
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Mostly because it's free, but it is also a fully-functioning and constantly improving 3D package. Nearly everything you can do in Maya is possible in Blender.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      The team is continually adding updates, and the features are excellent. Unfortunately, the UI is hard to navigate.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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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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      tobin SketchUp is geared towards architecture, whereas Maya is for 3D modelling and animation.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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    3. 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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      Some users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya, some don't.
      Wings 3D only does modeling, it does not do animation.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. TouchDesigner is a complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and UIs. Derivative makes and supports TouchDesigner and offers their services to do custom production using TouchDesigner.
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      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.

      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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    7. Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create complete, detailed, textured 3D models ready to be rendered.

      Discontinued

      The addon is no longer updated. Last version, 2.5, can be still downloaded from the official website. DAZ 3D offers it as free since December 2017.

      Hexagon vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Hexagon is only for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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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 fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities.
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      Gmsh vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Gmsh is for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    8. A lightweight signed distance field editor and renderer.
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