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Jonj1611
08-24-2005, 12:52 AM
Hi,

Does anyone know a good free 3d modeller, preferably something that can output in various formats?

Thanks
Jon

gjpetch
08-24-2005, 02:31 AM
Wings ain't bad.
http://www.wings3d.com/

Jonj1611
08-24-2005, 07:13 AM
Hi,

Thanks! I knew there was one just could remember the name of it!

Thanks again
Jon

86point5
08-25-2005, 02:10 PM
Wings is great, but only does box modeling ... so if you need/want to to poly-by-poly modeling you'll likely want to look at Blender (http://www.blender3d.org) too (which can do both).

billrobertson42
08-26-2005, 04:58 PM
Wings is pretty nice.

If you can spare a hundred dollars or so though, I would look at Silo http://www.nevercenter.com I found it easier to work with once I got familiar with some of the basics of polygon modelling.

I found silo easier to work with for two main reasons:
1. In wings your mesh must stay closed.
2. Wings' UI annoyed me to no end.

But like I said, it was easier to start with wings because there were more tutorials out there that assumed you knew nothing for it than with Silo.

Good luck.

Jonj1611
08-26-2005, 05:05 PM
Hi,

Cool, just downloading the personal learning edition so will check it out.

I use Cinema 4D(demo) and Vue 4.1 currently, I am looking for something to do modelling so I can import into Vue.

Will check out all suggestions!

Jon

ThomasMahler
08-26-2005, 08:21 PM
2. Wings' UI annoyed me to no end.


Don't wanna be rude, but Wings UI consists of the RMB Context Sensitive Menu and a Menu bar - what's annoying about that?

billrobertson42
08-26-2005, 11:44 PM
Diffiucult to quantify without nit-picking, but it did.

Star Dragon
08-27-2005, 03:37 PM
A few more:


Calligari Truespace 3.2 (last free version)

Gmax (free)

Maya PLE (personal Learning Edition)


And for $25.00 (I think, otherwise you can't save your work) Milkshake!

that should be enough to get you started. A good program to convert MOST formats is an old copy of 3D Exploration (now known as Deep Exploration)

Hope that helps you out!

zenmonkeycat
09-02-2005, 05:09 PM
Wings has a tendency to annoy people who are used to "gizmos" like 3DS and Maya use. Since I learned to model in Wings (I don't know how it happened, I swear!) I got used to the RMB-move-axis workflow, and now I prefer it.

That said, if you do find the lack of "gizmos" irritating to no end, Silo is a good (but not free) choice. I think the free versions of Maya and Max will also output to C4D or Vue, but I don't know much about those programs so I'm not sure. And I don't know whether or not Blender uses gizmos, but it wouldn't hurt to try in any case.

Ayam
09-05-2005, 06:54 AM
Wings has a tendency to annoy people who are used to "gizmos" like 3DS and Maya use. Since I learned to model in Wings (I don't know how it happened, I swear!) I got used to the RMB-move-axis workflow, and now I prefer it.

That said, if you do find the lack of "gizmos" irritating to no end, Silo is a good (but not free) choice. I think the free versions of Maya and Max will also output to C4D or Vue, but I don't know much about those programs so I'm not sure. And I don't know whether or not Blender uses gizmos, but it wouldn't hurt to try in any case.

Yes, Blender has these since two or three releases. But are they really that important?
Personally, I find it easier and faster to switch to modelling actions via the keyboard
(of course, one has to remember the shortcuts then) instead of having to locate,
hit and use gizmo handles with the mouse.
Thats how the workflow in Ayam (http://www.ayam3d.org/) is implemented, another
free modelling application that the OP may want to try, especially if he wants to go
NURBS.

best regards,
Randolf,
--
http://www.ayam3d.org/ Reconstruct the World!

ecco
09-19-2005, 01:19 AM
I first started making my own models using sPatch (by Mike Clifton). There's also hamaPatch you can get to from the same page:

http://www.geocities.com/getspatch/
Not sure if that's the original place but that's at the top of the google list.

Small program (<1MB)- really can't remember how it handles as it was about 5 or 6 yrs ago I was using this.

Just thought I would add it as it's not been mentioned.

Siloer
09-19-2005, 04:41 PM
Dont forget there is Metasequoia3D in both freeware and shareware versions,its a nice modeling program.

http://www21.ocn.ne.jp/~mizno/main_e.html

Khorram
09-20-2005, 10:16 AM
There is PPModeler too. But I've not tried it.

www.ppmodeler.com/ppmodeler/download.php (http://www.ppmodeler.com/ppmodeler/download.php)

Also Anim8or:

www.anim8or.com/main (http://www.anim8or.com/main)

But go visit Side Effects site and download the free version of Houdini the Apprentice Edition. It's the most valuable of all thoes free stuff.

http://www.sidefx.com/

Siloer
09-20-2005, 05:17 PM
Another is Deled its also a good level editor.

http://www.delgine.com/

TraceR
09-23-2005, 12:45 AM
Glad to see that Blender was mentioned. Very nice app. It is all I have been using for the last two years. Great support community over at elYsiun.com too.

McWolfe
09-23-2005, 07:10 AM
Another nice little app is Eovias Hexagon (http://www.eovia.com/products/hexagon/hexagon.asp). I won't compare it and say it's better or worse than any other modeller, but I do like it. And for around 250$ it is quite affordable as modellers go.

McWolfe

jellywerker
09-24-2005, 03:17 AM
For $250 though, you might as well start looking upwards into xsi foundation, or look into silo, as has been stated.

Artaures
09-24-2005, 03:20 AM
Hey, i was looking at the Houdini software, and was wondering what does the apprentice lack from the standard edition? Or is it a complete package just with a watermark? I was also wondering, can Houdini hold its own in the modeling department?

McWolfe
09-24-2005, 08:18 AM
For $250 though, you might as well start looking upwards into xsi foundation, or look into silo, as has been stated.

I know, I was just trying to give another alternative.

McWolfe

Nichod
09-26-2005, 12:37 AM
For $250 though, you might as well start looking upwards into xsi foundation, or look into silo, as has been stated.


Its $149 at 3dcommune. Its an incredible modeler. Fast too.

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