Good 3D modelling programs

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  1. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Recommendations for good 3D modeling programs needed. I've tried
    Blender but didn't really get into it. Commerical/opensource etc...cheers!
     
  2. cc bcc macrumors 6502

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    I personally prefer Cinema 4D as an allrounder. But if it's pure modeling you want, have a look at Form Z.
     
  3. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, I'll give Cinema 4D a go. Any good tutorial sites?
     
  4. Marble macrumors 6502a

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  5. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for Cinema 4D, its easy and fun. The only wierd thing is it doesnt use the dynamic menubar.
     
  6. HiRez macrumors 603

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    I also like Cinema4D. It's very powerful, has excellent render quality and good render speed, and a very flexible nondestructive interface that leads to efficient workflow. It does not, however, have NURBS modeleing, which I still prefer for product design applications. formZ is powerful but has one of the worst interfaces I've ever used, and I won't use it for that reason alone. You might like it if you use AutoCAD though.
     
  7. superninjagoat macrumors 6502

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    Lightwave. By far the best program out there, imho. The rendering is about as good as it gets. Downsides: It's expensive, and has one heck of a learning curve — but then again, most 3D programs do. s.n.goat
     
  8. betty02 macrumors regular

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    well i used to be a graphics deisgner, and i used Photoshop 7, Photoshop CS, and then i satrting in 3D, i highley suggest that you get Cinema 3D, its got to be the best app out there for this kind of stuff, im speaking frome xpirience ;)
     
  9. Sic macrumors 6502

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    never used any myself but a mate of mine produces amazing results with lightwave and the swift 3d plugin...well worth the cash imo
     
  10. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

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    I like the Hexagon/Carrara combo at http://www.eovia.com.

    Disclaimer: I write plug-ins for Carrara.
     
  11. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Lightwave has a separate app just for modeling and its probably one of the best out there. Once you're finished modeling, you send it or load it to the Lightwave app (used for animation and rendering).

    FormZ is way too much of a pain to learn. I've used it and I always find it easier to do things in Lightwave.

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