Knowledgebase:Commercial 3D Programs

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A listing of commercial 3D programs sites in alphabetical order.

3D Canvas is a freeware real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling.

Maya 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution. Personal Learning Edition available free, providing access to Autodesk Maya software for non-commercial use.

Intuitive 3D modeling, rendering and real - time walkthrough software for Windows and Macintosh.

Vellum 3D - transforms 2D and 3D wireframe data into surface data

Makers of AutoCad, 3D Studio Max, and Character Studio. This is their product description page.

Software for ship hull design

Bryce is dedicated to designing, rendering and animating breathtaking natural 3D worlds and abstract 3D sculptures. Bryce is a perfect application for both beginners and advanced users because it is extremely easy to use and it comes loaded with libraries of presets to use in your own work.

Cadmatic is a powerful 3D CAD/CAE/CAM software system. Cadmatic runs in normal Pentium level PC and saves time and money in your plant or ship design project.

trueSpace7 introduces a new architecture that revolutionizes the very process of 3D authoring. For the first time, with role based authoring tools, online collaborative production becomes possible. Real-time photorealism is no longer just a dream.

3D graphics and 3D animation software for your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, web pages, videos and banner ads! Try our free demos of PowerPlugs and Crystal 3D IMPACT! Pro.

Form·Z is an award winning general purpose solid and surface modeler with an extensive set of 2D/3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities, many of which are unique.

Hash Animation Master: patch-based modeler and character animation program.

Side Effects Software- Houdini high end commercial animation and visual effects solution. Free downloadable version available

PolyWorks® is a powerful point cloud software solution that processes data obtained from any short-range, mid-range, or long-range 3D scanner. Originally developed to perform point-cloud-based inspection and reverse-engineering tasks for manufacturing applications, PolyWorks has now become the “No.1” point cloud software system within the automotive industry thanks to the accuracy and robustness of its tools.

MCnurbs Creator 2.0 is a series of tools for creating smooth looking free form 3D surfaces in Nemetschek's VectorWorks 8-9-10 and MiniCad 7.

Rapid Prototyping of real 3D objects from your 3D graphics files.

Real time 3d modeling applications

One of the more respected high end 3D modelling programs on the market

Aladdin 4D - Nice mod-end rendering package. Reportedly soon to become open source.

Structural simulation and design system using POV-Ray for visualization and high quality animation

EOS Systems Photomodeler Pro 3.0 - creates models from photos

Creators of Decimator and Wrap 3D Modeling Tools

Rhino - NURBS modeling tool

Silicon Graphics web site

Genesis is a fully functional, realtime 3D editor for windows. It has many unique features not found on other editors and is very intuitive to use. 3D objects can be loaded, edited, viewed and saved agaio to disk while enjoying the luxury of realtime rendering. It also has a very powerful programming toolkit for those who like to get their feet wet. The toolkit allows 3D applications or plug-in tools for the editor to be written.

Softimage - Very highend animation/visual effects software

Full NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment with Construction Tree. Support of all industry standard rendering techniques (scan-line, raytracing, radiosity).

Makers of a variety of 3D graphics solutions including Strata 3D CX, with the ability to link to Photoshop files, import Illustrator art, and create photo-real images and animations.

Advanced Visualization, Data Analysis and Geometry Reconstruction for microscopy, medical research, materials science, mechanical engineering and immersive VR.

The 3D Matrix modeler is fantastic for those building real-time applications such as simulation, interactive animation and games. It functions as a standalone program or as a utility to integrate with your other favourite 3D applications. 3D Matrix works under Iris Silicon Graphics, Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, Solaris and Windows 98/NT/2000/XP.

Touch3D is program for 3D modeling and unfolding / unwrapping 3D models into flat 2D patterns. It can for example be used for concept design, industrial design, quick prototyping, mock-ups, scale models, marine design, physical renderings, production preparation, etc. For the Mac platform

A compact 3D/2D commercial mechanical CAD package.

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