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3D MODELLING SOFTWARE

From beginners to professionals, Autodesk has 3D modelling software designed to meet your needs.

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What is 3D modelling?

3D modelling is the process of using software to create a mathematical representation of a 3-dimensional object or shape. The created object is called a 3D model and these 3-dimensional models are used in a variety of industries.

The film, television, video games, architecture, construction, product development, science and medical industries all use 3D models to visualise, simulate and render graphic designs.

What is 3D modelling used for?

3D modelling is used across a wide range of industries

  • FILM & TV

    VFX and animation studios use modelling software to create CG assets and characters for films and TV shows

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  • GAME DEVELOPMENT

    Game developers create 3D environments and characters for games and cinematics using modelling tools.

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  • PRODUCT DESIGN

    The manufacturing industry uses 3D modelling software for product design, engineering and concept rendering.

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  • ARCHITECTURE

    The architecture industry uses modelng software to render interiors and exteriors of proposed buildings and environments.

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Our top 3D modelling software for games, film, TV and VFX

Our top 3D modelling software for industrial and product design

Our top 3D modelling software for architecture and construction

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How does 3D modelling work?

The artist starts by generating a 3D primitive such as a plane, cube, cylinder or sphere, which are each made up of numerous polygons. This object is then further developed by using various modelling tools to change and define its new, desired form. The workflow involves adding vertexes, while adjusting their placement and manipulating the object’s mesh by subdividing its polygons with the goal of creating a new 3D object.

Watch 3D modelling in action

  • Creating realistic characters with Maya

    In this video series, 5 artists demonstrate their respective technique in creating realistic 3D characters.

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  • Real-time product rendering with 3ds Max

    In this first video we see how to set-up the scene and 3ds Max's viewport for optimal visualisation quality.

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  • 3D modelling with AutoCAD

    Learn how to create 3D geometry using AutoCAD solid, surface and mesh tools and how to apply texturing and materials to 3D objects.

Inspirational 3D modelling galleries

Find inspiration with these digital art and CG (computer graphics) galleries.

  • AREA

    Get inspired by 3D models created by artists all around the world in the AREA artists gallery.

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  • FUSION 360

    See what people are making with Fusion 360 in the product design gallery.

  • CGSOCIETY

    Get free training, participate in forums and access a free texture library in the CG gallery.

  • CG ARCHITECT

    Check out this website from one of the largest Arch Viz online community.

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Free 3D modelling resources

Get started in 3D modelling with these tutorials, guides, tips and communities.