1. Blender

This is an excellent free 3D design platform providing an incredible number of modeling tools without any cost. Blender offers an envelope distorter and sculpting tools that enable users to freely manipulate shapes.

Platform: Linux, macOS, Windows, Android, BSD

Price: free


    - Free and open-source software

    - Provides tons of resources

    - Uses proceduaral workflow


    - Not appropriate for professional project

    - Requires a steep learning curve

    - Can be buggy sometimes

    - Cannot work properly on old devices

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2. ZBrush

Zbrush is known for creating sculpted design such as flowers, portraits, animals, etc. Furthermore, it offers extensive polygonal modeling tools for designs where precision is required. Asides from versions requiring manually cost (ZBrush and ZBrushCore), you can have a totally free version of ZBrush, ZbrushCoreMini.

Platforms: Windows, macOS

Price: free, US$895 or US$360/year


    - Photoreal rendering

    - Advanced sculpting capabilities

    - Integration with other 3D software


    - Slowdowns when using certain tools or features.

    - Difficult to access certain shortcuts or commands.

    - Lack of a dedicated animation timeline system.

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3. AutoCAD

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. With AutoCAD, users can easily draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects. Futhermore, AutoCAD provides tools to annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables.

Platforms: Linux, macOS, Windows

Price:  $5,865/paid every 3 years ; $1,955/paid annually ; $245/paid monthly


    - User-friendly interface

    - Transition between 2D and 3D

    - High accuracy

    - Tasks are done in lesser time


    - High cost

    - Require training in order to know every functions in detail

    - Require a strong computer

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4. Rhino

Rhino 3D is a free form surface modeler that uses the modeling by curves technique (NURBS or Non-Uniform Rational Basis Spline). Rhino includes a really complete set of tools to help you develop all your projects, no matter what is your industry. You will find all the general tools, transform tools, points and curves options, surface features, and a lot of mesh tools to export your meshes or convert NURBS to meshes for display or rendering.

Platform: macOS, Windows

Price: US$ 995


    - Easy to use even with a beginner

    - One of the best software for 3D printing

    - Can use plugin to create complicated shapes


    - Heavy on computer’s hard disk

    - Hard to find the right functions since this software is too powerful

    - Have no shortcuts for performing functions

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5. Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool which intergrates design, modeling, and simulation cappabilities. It allows you to connect your entire design to manufacture product development process to deliver high-quality products to market faster and positively impact your bottom line. It includes generative design, 2.5, 3, 4,&5-axis machining, and advanced simulation.

Flatform: macOS, Windows

Price: $70/paid monthly; $382/paid annually; 1,635/paid every 3 years


    - Free for non-commercial use

    - Has powerful, intuitive tools

    - Create machine code in order to cut or 3D print

    - Tutorial is available online


    - Weak support for sculpting and retopology

    - Doesn't have many shortcuts

    - Crash when working under heavy development

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