3D for free

September 13, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Design, Software | Leave a comment

3D graphics work is very different from 2D graphics like PhotoShop. It has more in common with CAD (drafting) programs than paint and illustration. Things like building wireframes, then skinning them.  If you have an interest in exploring 3D design and animation, you may want to get an idea of what its like first. Before you invest big.

Back in the day when I studied computer graphics, 3D modeling and animation was an intense program requiring expensive high end workstations. That has not really changed much but of course now you can now do what we only dreamed of then…

The king of the hill, 3D Studio Max is $3,500 US for a copy, not to mention an optimum configuration of 64 bit with 4 GB RAM, etc.

How do test your chops with those kind of prices? Start a little simpler. But with the power that used to cost.

Today I ran into a page that lists several free 3D programs that allow you to do some serious work.  One is an old standard, another an older version of an expensive commercial product, and so forth. All will run on standard systems today, yet allow you to do things beyond what you may imagine. (and not to worry if you don’t have Poser files. Theres lots of those on the net too)

Have fun and loose yourself in worlds of your own creation…

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