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Free Rhinoceros Alternatives

The best free alternative to Rhinoceros is Blender, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Rhinoceros and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Rhinoceros are FreeCAD, SketchUp, Bforartists and Shapr3D.

Rhinoceros alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be CAD Software or 3D Painting Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Rhinoceros.
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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.

    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Blender vs Rhinoceros opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Rhinoceros.
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    Can't stop laughing. As NURBS was the main concern ("don't use for real life" posted anypoop) and is now fully integrated, what else but snobbery could keep easy-payers wasting money on a proprietary software?

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    Except the interfarce to control Dimensions, Blender can do everything that Rhino can do + Blender renders life like + Blender functions similar to T spline

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    Its not a NURBS modeling software

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    Blender does support NURBS now, but that's not the default.

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    Blender is a good tool, but it's not based on nurbs surface. I think it only should be used for media creation(game, video footage, movies...), not design product or industrial thing. (NEVER USE this tool for design something have to came out real life)

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    poly based software not nurbs based

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    Blender is polygonal modelling software. NURBS features are just timesaver options there.

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  2. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).

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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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    Both are used for say interior/exterior design and both have v-ray render plugin (separate buy)

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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. Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil.

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    K-3D

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • 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.

    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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    Rocket 3F

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers.

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    Gmsh

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    Zmodeler

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler) is a 3D modeling application. It is aimed at modelers who model for computer games such as 18 Wheels of Steel, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Midtown Madness or similar video games.

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    Zanoza is a low-poly modeller, lacking all the surface modelling capabilities available in Rhino.

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    Awakening

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Awakening is a powerful professional real-time 3D solution. With it, you can easily create eye-catching interactive 3D presentations, brief films, games...

    Discontinued

    Last update was in 2011, and the official website is unavailable.

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