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Open Source Autodesk Maya Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Autodesk Maya is Blender. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk Maya and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Autodesk Maya are Wings 3D, Bforartists, K-3D and Gmsh.

Autodesk Maya alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be VFX Software or CAD Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Autodesk Maya.
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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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    It is free, has a big community on Youtube, a pretty friendly user interface

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    Blender has advanced to become a powerful tool. Just look at the improvements that have been made in the UI, viewport quality, performance improvements, and new feature releases. Just one simple download of about ~200Mb will give you a valuable 3D editor for your graphics career.

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    tobin

    In the 2.8 update it went from being terrible to awesome, a great alternative, plus it's free!

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    nyaleymomoh

    open source and versatile

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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.

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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.

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    Its free and open source and very powerful.

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    Wings 3D

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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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    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.

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    Bforartists

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    • MorphOS

    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.

    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Bforartists.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Bforartists, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBforartists is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightBforartists consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBforartists offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    K-3D

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableK-3D can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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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    Gmsh

    • FreeOpen Source
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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 is for modeling, not animation.

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    Fragmentarium

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • 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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    Fragmentarium is only for modeling, not animation.

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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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    OpenFX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    OpenFX is an open-source, free modeling and animation studio, distributed under the GNU General Public License.

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  9. Dead Deer

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
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    • Daydream

    Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games.

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