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Whats 3D modeling? In small definition according to Wikipedia  3D modeling is the process of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of object (either inanimate or living) via specialized software. The product is called 3D model.

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3D computer graphics are popular and widely used in entertainment areas specially in cinemas, advertisement etc. But it can’t be created easily and also its hard find the right software for you. So its really interesting to collect best free 3D modeling software list. Yes here we listed the best and free 12 3D modeling software available around the world.

1. Blender

One of the best free and open source 3D modeling and animation application. Blender is widely used to create modeling, UV unwrapping, water simulations, skinning, texturing, rigging, animating, rendering etc. 

Blender is a cross platform and runs equally well run on Windows, Linux and Macintosh computers.

2. Art of Illusion

Art of illusion is another free open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. Art of Illusion capabilities includes subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials.

3. SketchUp Make

One of the easiest tool to create 3D models. SketchUp are popular architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. You can download SketchUp for free, a pro version is available you can buy as per your needs.

4. K-3D

Another open source platform. K-3D features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package.

5. Anim8or

Anima8or 3D modeler, now version 0.98 is available toi download. You can import and modify .3DS (3D Studio), .LWO (Lightwave), and .OBJ (Wavefront) object files. Anima8or will run on Windows WinXP, Vista, Windiws 7 or Windows 8.

To learn more about 3D modeling Ian’s Anim8or course now available for download. It will teach you step-by-step guide to how to make models, characters, movies etc.

6. BRL-CAD

BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform constructive solid geometry solid modeling system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray-tracing for rendering & geometric analyses, network distributed framebuffer support, image & signal-processing tools.

7. Amabilis Software

An old 3D modeling company. Amabilis Software was founded in January 1998 to develop 3D modeling and animation software. Its really easy to use an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. 

8. eDrawings

With eDrawings you can create and share 3D models and 2D drawings. eDrawings offers unique capabilities like point-and-click animations that make it easy for anyone with a PC to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data.

9. Minos

MINOS extends the capabilities of your existing 2D-or 3D-wireframe-based systems, so you can take advantage of all the benefits solid modeling offers right away. You can combine the 3D shapes you create with standard primitive shapes like boxes, cylinders, and cones to form more complex geometry. 

10. FreeCAD

freeCAD is a basic 3D CAD with advanced Motion Simulation capabilities. Its motion simulation capabilities are comparable to the best and can provide accurate answers to engineers and scientists in diverse fields.

FreeCAD program runs on Windows, Linux PC, Macintosh PPC and other Unix’s.

11. Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D. Sweett Home 3D is available in 22 languages including English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian etc.
DesignWorkshop Lite software package provides all you need to build your own 3D models for home design and visualization of architecture, landscapes, exhibits, or any kind of spatial design.

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