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NAIAD is described as 'Naiad is a dynamics solver and a simulation framework capable of producing animations of dynamic bodies including:' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to NAIAD 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 NAIAD are Houdini, Sketchfab, Fragmentarium and picoCAD.

NAIAD alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Animators or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of NAIAD.
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Naiad is a dynamics solver and a simulation framework capable of producing animations of dynamic bodies including:

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  1. Blender icon

    Blender

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Steam
    148 alternatives to Blender 

    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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    1.  3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    5.  Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    6.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    7.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    8.  Parametric ModelingBlender can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    9.  Support for scriptingBlender supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Strong support of subdivision and displacement with Adaptive subdivision, Catmull-Clark and linear schemes, Displacement and Bump mapping.
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    Houdini

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    48 alternatives to Houdini 

    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 captur.
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    1.  Procedural ModelingHoudini can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    2.  Node BasedHoudini supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    3.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Houdini.
    4.  3D SculptingHoudini offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Sketchfab

    83 alternatives to Sketchfab 

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins.

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    1.  3D SculptingSketchfab offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Built-in viewerSketchfab shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    Browse a huge archive of content
    Full community features
  4. Fragmentarium icon

    Fragmentarium

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    74 alternatives to Fragmentarium 

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

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    1.  Procedural ModelingFragmentarium can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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  5. picoCAD icon

    picoCAD

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    140 alternatives to picoCAD 

    picoCAD is a program to build and texture lowpoly 3D models. Programs for modelling are overly complicated, picoCAD aims to make it fun, easy, and accessible by focusing on the bare essentials. This program was made using pico 8.

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    MeshMagic 3D Modeling Software

    102 alternatives to MeshMagic 3D Modeling Software 

    Working with 3D files using MeshMagic free 3D modelling software is intuitive. Quickly draw a 2D design and expand it to a 3D mesh. Import an existing STL file or other 3D file and modify it.

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    MagicaCSG

    140 alternatives to MagicaCSG 

    A lightweight signed distance field editor and renderer.

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  8. PhotoAnim

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    91 alternatives to PhotoAnim 

    PhotoAnim is a free Windows program to edit and animate photos. Resulting animations and videos can be published on http://3dthis.com.

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    RealFlow

    • Mac
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    22 alternatives to RealFlow 

    RealFlow is a stand-alone application for fluid and dynamics simulation that allows easy, intuitive control and visualization of the behaviour of fluids and rigid bodies, and their interaction with a surrounding environment.

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  10. Dead Deer

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
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    • Windows Phone
    • Daydream
    122 alternatives to Dead Deer 

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

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