3D Tools

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by iCeltic, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. iCeltic macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    I am a medical technologist and I do a lot of presentation, can any one help me find a nice easy to use inexpensive 3D design tools to create a 3D model for the Red blood cells, White cells , antibodies,......etc. then make it animated:D

    Thank a lot
  2. samwich macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2007
    I don't think the adjectives: nice, easy to use, and inexpensive can all be applied to any of the major 3D applications.

    Blender would be inexpensive (free/open source) but definitely has a learning curve and you might not get the best results without a lot of time spent tweaking.

    Maya is the industry standard, and runs "okay" on Mac, but is thousands of dollars, and also has a pretty steep learning curve.

    3D Studio Max is windows only, expensive, and difficult to use.

    Sketchup, as far as I know, would be too basic and doesn't do animations.

    Maxon Cinema 4D runs great on the Mac, is supposed to be more intuitive than the rest, but is also going to be thousands of dollars. This is the 3D package I use, and have seen many examples of creating blood cells, using dynamics and fancy rendering to make good body simulations.

    Any other packages that come to mind will all have the same flaws as stated above. I would recommend downloading the demos of some of these programs and looking for some tutorials online if you are interested. If you don't have any prior experience, or you don't want to invest a lot of time/money into this, I would recommend trying to freelance out this work. Sorry, that is probably not what you were hoping to hear.
  3. kalmarnet macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    Cheetah 3D - easy to learn but great rendering engine
  4. iCeltic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    Thank you all
    it look like I need time to learn, nothing easy in life :eek:
  5. PetteriM macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009

    I can recommend Carrara Studio, especially pro version. For medical illustrations it has a benefit of very good import functionality with poser and daz studio to facilitate usage of ready-made human figures.

    It also includes comprehensive modeling and rendering tools and 3d paint.

    I've been using it through versions 1 to 7.2 and have been involved in alpha and beta testing of some the older versions. Developers were open to new ideas committed to product.

    I 've used it for modeling and animation.

  6. MotleyPete macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    I personally use Modo, because I find it a joy to use compared to other packages, but (as has been said above) if you have never done 3D before any software will have a steep learning curve and will take a lot of effort to master before you can produce something to be proud of.

    My advice is to test out a lot of free demos and free tutorials before you get your wallet out. Good luck.

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