What are the best 3D modeling software for free?

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    #1Blender

    Blender
    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Richard Wheeler
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "I've been interested in learning more about video editing for years and thought that if I was going to get something better than a basic software I was going to need to drop a few hundred bucks. Not so. Blender has allowed me to experiment and develop skills, for free! "
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    #2OpenSCAD

    OpenSCAD
    OpenSCAD is a free programmatic 3D modeling software. It is a script-only based modeller that uses its own description language; parts can be previewed but cannot be interactively selected or modified by mouse in the 3D view.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Kevin Elliott
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I have a number of students who are currently learning about 3D modeling for a project and I refereed them to OpenSCAD for a free software to get down the basics of 3D modeling. Since it is free it is available to all student so there is no barrier of entry cost wise. It is a bit advanced in some areas but it easy to navigate and once you get the hang of it it is relatively straightforward to work on."
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    #3Wings 3D

    Wings 3D
    Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. This software is free for personal and commercial use. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Roy Obrien
    Written on October 11, 2017
    "I tried countless 3D modeling programs before I found wings 3D. It blows the competition out the water. Easy to use, has great features, and best of all it doesn't have have bunch of useless nonsense to sift through. Four stars! Try it for yourself!"
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    #4Gmsh

    Gmsh

    Gmsh is a free and a user-friendly three-dimensional software with built-in CAD as well as pre and post-processing facilities. This is copyrighted by Christophe Geuzaine and Jean-François Remacle. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    kulai sulaiman
    Written on October 26, 2018
    "Gmsh is a free 3D finite element mesh generator with a built-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities. Gmsh is built around four modules: geometry, mesh, solver and post-processing. The specification of any input to these modules is done either interactively using the graphical user interface, in ASCII text files using Gmsh's own scripting language (.geo files), or using the C++, C, Python or Julia API."
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    #5Adobe Fuse

    Adobe Fuse

    Adobe Fuse is a software in its early beta stages developed by Adobe. The software allows users to create custom 3D characters from scratch for a variety of uses like games, entertainment, and/or advertisements.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

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    #6Sculptris

    Sculptris
    Sculptris is a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling application where anyone can pick it up and play without any technical knowledge or digital experience. The skills acquired using this software can also be easily applied to ZBrush.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Guo Gao
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "I wanted to get into 3D modeling and Sculptris was a good way to start. I had very little knowledge beforehand and it was pretty easy to get going and without too much effort, I was able to design some interesting models."
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    #7 Houdini

     Houdini

    Houdini is a 3D modelling software developed by Side Effects Software. The program is unique for its use of procedural generation technology and node-based based workflow that allow artists greater flexibility.

    Software

    Windows

    $4495- Varies by Plan

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    #8Modo

    Modo

    Modo is a 3d modelling and animation software developed by Luxology, LLC, now known as Foundry. The software's features include modeling, sculpting, shading, rendering, and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $1799- Varies by Plan

    Melissa Cruz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "We have three uses for Modo in our household the kids use it for their school projects my husband an architect uses it for rendering and bringing things to life and I use it to help me with my crafting business and design new projects. It has faded so much time and money as well as make those really build on our knowledge that had already existed."

Summary

Best What are the best 3D modeling software for free
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlenderSoftware 6 Free
2OpenSCADSoftware 4 Free
3Wings 3DSoftware 3 Free
4GmshSoftware 1 Free
5Adobe FuseSoftware 0 Free
6SculptrisSoftware 0 Free
7 HoudiniSoftware 0 Paid
8ModoSoftware -1 Paid
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