Today there are many programs for 3D modeling, and they are developing all the time. Among them there are free and free distribution, there are those requiring a license. Everyone who has already tried himself in this area or is brilliant at drawing three-dimensional objects already has a favorite program with which he constantly works. The choice of the program is always yours.
Let’s list the most common programs:
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#1) Autodesk software
All of them are full-featured 3D editors used to create films, TV shows, and in the field of game development. Great opportunities for creating characters and environments.
The most common software package among the existing ones is the 3DS Max 2012 modeling program. The main task of the program is architectural visualization.
The main reason for the popularity of 3DS Max 2012 is the availability of many tools for modeling a wide variety of ideas (including architectural projects).
The program makes it possible to create projects of architectural structures, including its various details: blanks for doors, fences and stairs, the shape of grass, bushes, and project lighting in 3D.
In addition, this program is very easy to use: a user-friendly interface and a variety of add-ons that expand the general capabilities of the program (Afterburn – creating realistic explosions in 3D format; Dreamscape – modeling water and natural landscapes etc.)
Maya 2012 is a software package for 3D modeling This package is used for their work not only by amateurs of 3D modeling but also by professional companies (for example, DreamWorks, Pixar, Walt Disney, etc.) The dark side of this editor is that to understand it is very difficult, even only for professionals in their field such as 3d furniture modeling services by 3Nitro, but with a strong desire, nothing is impossible.
Autodesk Softimage XSI is a 3D animation software used in game development, film and television production. SOFTIMAGE XSI has a complete set of 3D modeling, animation and rendering tools. Based on a new, extremely flexible architecture, XSI provides 3D professionals with unprecedented power and flexibility for their most incredibly creative ideas.
3D sculpting package (sculptural modeling). It differs in its user-friendly interface from other programs of this kind.
But they are all commercial, licensed and cost a lot of money.
The free package includes tools for modeling, animation, rendering, video post-processing, as well as creating interactive games. There are practically no analogues among free applications.
Blender, which completely refutes popular wisdom about the impossibility of free quality.
The first positive quality of this package: Blender takes up very little space on the PC’s hard drive, runs on both Windows and Linux. The program can be installed, for example, on netbooks.
Installation requirements: processor (1 core) with a frequency of 1 GHz, video card (OpelGL support), and RAM (512 MB).
It should also be noted the variety of tools for creating three-dimensional graphics. The program includes the ability to work with particles, use functions that simulate the effects of fluid bodies (liquid or smoke), the ability to change the structure and shape of “soft” bodies using real-time mode.
Blender is aimed at professional 3D animators, graphics and artists. Provides great possibilities for modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing.
3D modeling package by Pixologic. A distinctive feature of this package is the imitation of the process of “sculpting” 3d-sculpture. Also works fast with standard 3d objects using brushes to modify the geometry of materials and textures.
#4) Google SketchUp
Google Sketchup is a free application that allows you to model almost everything – from interiors to geometric shapes for visual aids to the basics of geometry.
#5) Art Of Illusion is a free modeling and rendering studio. Has modeling tools working on the subdivision of the plane, animations that take into account the peculiarities of the skeleton, etc.
#6) 3D Canvas in real-time creates complex three-dimensional models from simple ones or by means of the program itself.
Free CAD is suitable for those learning to work with 3D CAD and motion simulations. Even though the app is free, it is not far behind the best paid apps when it comes to simulation capabilities.
K3DSurf is a program for visualizing mathematical models in three, four, five and six dimensions, as well as managing them. The app supports equations of parameters. Suitable for anyone who is interested in the functions of mathematical graphics, and does not require special skills from the user.
Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design program that allows you to place interior items on a flat plan and gives a three-dimensional preview. The user can “build up” the walls of the room on the existing flat plan, change the color and texture, import additional 3D objects, resize, simultaneously see all changes in the plan in 3D from the point of view of a virtual visitor or from above, as well as print the plan and 3D view.
We can conclude that it is special programs that help make 3d exterior visualization unique.