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So you have been stuck at home and wondering what other art forms you can dive into during this time. So how about 3D artwork? 3D artwork is becoming more and more prevalent in our digital world being 3D models are used in VR and AR, and those being used by people worldwide. Learning how to 3D model and sculpt could be a good asset to have in your creative toolbox. Now you might think that these softwares are expensive and cost lots of money. The truth is - they are, but there are some amazing alternatives that rival those softwares and they are completely FREE! Here are the top 5 free softwares many creatives use to make their stunning 3D models and animations. Let us know if you are interested in joining our AR/3D Community Group.
If you really want to deep dive into 3D, but are on a budget, Blender is your best tool. Blender is the largest open source tool for 3D creation which lets you create basically anything that has to do with 3D. With this free software you can create textures, models, render, animate and compose. This is the go-to tool for many 3D creators.
The Daz 3D is normally sold for $249, but it is currently available to download for free! Daz 3D is a software that lets you customize models, pose, and animate them. This software is for all skill levels if you want to design 3D characters, virtual environments, and much more.
Hexagon is another tool by Daz 3D that lets you model anything for free. This tool is meant to build clothes, props and anything you like for the characters/models created in the Daz 3D software. But you can use this 3D software to create anything in your imagination.
Houdini is a visual effects and 3D animation tool used across the entertainment industry. The full version tool is over $2,000, but SideFX the maker, has an ‘Apprentice’ version for free. With Houdini Apprentice you can access all the features of the full version as long as it's for non-commercial use and used for learning. This includes being able to 3D model, animate, work on lighting, environments and even has dynamic simulation tools. Dynamic simulation tools are features that test your environments or models to move and act more realistically during animation. The only drawback is that this version has its own file format and anything saved outside of that format will be watermarked.
Blocks is the newest free tool from Google that lets users build 3D models for a VR environment. Although you will need a Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to use this tool, you will be able to create your artwork directly in VR for a more immersive experience while working on your creativity. This tool is meant for all skill levels and the final 3D renders can be used in other places like AR, not just VR. You won’t be able to create as detailed 3D artworks with this tool as with the ones mentioned above, but you will be able to create some great low-poly pieces that let your imagination run wild.