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Microsoft 3D Builder Alternatives

Microsoft 3D Builder is described as 'View, capture, personalize, and print 3D models. Download many kinds of 3D files and edit them using the 3D modeling space. Take a picture with your webcam and make it 3D' and is a CAD software in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft 3D Builder for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft 3D Builder are FreeCAD, SketchUp, LibreCAD and Autodesk AutoCAD.

Microsoft 3D Builder alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be CAD Software or 3D Printing Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft 3D Builder.
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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.
  2. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingFreeCAD can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ Procedural ModelingFreeCAD can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    ⚫︎ PortableFreeCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Some users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to Microsoft 3D Builder, some don't.

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  3. 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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    Friendly user interface and tools are understandable with minimal confusion.

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    LibreCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
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    LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework.

    ⚫︎ PortableLibreCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Autodesk AutoCAD

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    AutoCAD is a leading CAD (computer-aided design) software used professionally throughout architectural, electrical, mechanical and other engineering and design industries. It was once available under a perpetual license but is now accessed solely through a subscription.

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    OpenSCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.

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    Rendering a model
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    ZBrush

    • Mac
    • Windows

    The all-in-one-digital sculpting solution.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingZBrush offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingZBrush supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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  8. Integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE featuring collaborative editing and cloud-based computation. Free license available for students and hobbyists.

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingAutodesk Fusion 360 can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Autodesk Fusion 360 simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingAutodesk Fusion 360 offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Freeform modeling & sculpting
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    Cura

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Cura aims to be a end solution for personal 3D printing with RepRap based machines. It is tuned toward the Ultimaker, but can be used on any RepRap based design.

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    SOLIDWORKS

    • Windows

    SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD software for design, analysis and product data management. SOLIDWORKS solutions can help boost productivity, harness intelligence, foster innovation, and facilitate collaboration.

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingSOLIDWORKS can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
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