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15 Best Maya Alternatives

Autodesk Maya Blender Unity SketchUp Cinema 4D Lightwave 3D MODO Bforartists Adobe Dimension Rhino 3D
  1. Maya is 3D computer animation software with powerful modeling, rendering, simulation, texturing, and animation tools for artists, modelers, and animators.
    Any professional animator will agree that Maya – Autodesk Maya – is one of the best applications for animation and 3D modeling. Maya lets you create realistic characters and effects using modern animation tools.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting

  2. Blender is the open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
    Blender is a 3D creation suite that’s about as popular as Maya. In terms of features, Blender is tantamount to Maya – some users even say it’s better. Notably, Blender supports the whole 3D people line system.

    #3D #Game Development #Game Engine 137 social mentions

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    The multiplatform game creation tools for everyone.
    • Open Source
    Unity is a real-time development platform; a 3D, 2D VR, and AR engine. Side by Side, the platform has more features than Maya. In addition to the game engine, the platform supports automotive, transportation, and manufacturing of real-time 3D models.

    #Game Development #Game Engine #3D Game Engine 201 social mentions

  4. 3D for Everyone
    One of the advantages of using SketchUp is access to hundreds of expertly-developed extensions. These extensions are available in the SketchUp Warehouse and will save you the considerable time you would spend creating the products and models yourself.

    #3D #Architecture #3D Modeling 5 social mentions

  5. Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling, animation, motion graphics and rendering application.
    Cinema 4D features a presets system, a library of already created 3D objects, materials, and node capsules. In addition, there is the scene nodes system for faster workflow as it creates entire scenes in a hierarchy-based view.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting

  6. LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation...
    You can try LightWave 3D free – risk-free with access to every feature – for 30 days. Afterward, you have to buy the software; it’s unlike Maya where you pay monthly subscriptions. The prices include:

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting

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    Modo by Foundry brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, texturing and rendering tools in a powerful integrated software package.
    The next Maya alternative on this list is Modo. It shares similarities with Maya in terms of 3D modeling, 3D rendering, and animation. Tagged the “starting point for creative exploration,” most users pick Modo over Maya for its ease of use.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting

  8. Bforartists is a fork of Blender.
    • Open Source
    As a fork, Bforartists works with all Blender files and add-ons. Hence, if you prefer Blender as a Maya alternative, you’ll also prefer Bforartists. In fact, Every Blender functionality should work in Bforartists.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting 1 social mentions

  9. Create high-quality, photorealistic images with the 3D tool made for graphic designers.
    Adobe Dimension offers 3D modeling and 3D rendering. The tool makes it simple to create brand visualizations, graphics, and other creative works.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Game Development

  10. To be an effective designer today, you need tools to quickly develop your designs and accurately communicate them to everyone in the product research.
    Here’s another paid and proprietary software. Like Maya, you can use Rhinoceros 3D for 3D modeling but the tool does far more than that. It also works for Nurb surfacing, Parametric modeling, Procedural modeling, CAD, and CAM.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Architecture 4 social mentions

  11. Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.
    • Open Source
    Here’s another free and open source alternative to Maya. Wings 3D is described as an “advanced subdivision modeler.” The downside of this tool is that it doesn’t work for animations; it’s exclusively for 3D modeling.

    #3D #Digital Drawing And Painting #3D Modeling

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    Easily turn your CAD projects into architectural visualization videos and images. Compatible SketchUp and 3D BIM Tools, such as Revit, ArchiCAD and Allplan.
    Some of the unique features on Lumion include volumetric spotlights, surface decals, animated phasing, orthographic views, rain streaks, open street maps, and a full content library among others.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Game Development 2 social mentions

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    KeyShot 3D rendering and animation software is the fastest, easiest way to create amazing, photographic visuals of your 3D models. Enter your search in the box aboveTryYour download of KeyShot is only moments away.
    KeyShot is more or less a suite as it supports various exclusive products including KeyShot Animation, KeyShot Viewer, KeyShotXR, and KeyVR.

    #3D #3D Rendering #Animation

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    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including:
    3D Modeling and Rendering with Houdini isn’t very different from what you get on Maya. However, Houdini follows a node-based workflow. Every action in Houdini is a node and these nodes are linked together to form networks.

    #3D #3D Modeling #Digital Drawing And Painting 4 social mentions

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    3D-Coat is the one application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model.

    #3D #Digital Drawing And Painting #3D Modeling 2 social mentions

  16. Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers.
    Rocket 3F is a free polygonal modeler for Windows. Unlike Maya, you don’t pay to use Rocket 3F although it’s not open-source.

    #3D #Photos & Graphics #CAD

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