When it comes to design tools and software, you will see that most of these offerings cost a fortune, and this makes it very difficult for people to take up the profession on a long term basis. While 30-day trials are good for a preview, it is still not the solution for the long term.

 

 

Blender 3D is a fully free open source design tool which supports all major design features and principles including –

  1. Modeling
  2. Rigging
  3. Animation
  4. Sculpting
  5. Simulation
  6. Rendering
  7. Compositing
  8. Motion Tracking.

Additionally, Blender 3D also features API support, which means a programmer can also get in on the action in the design field by coding in components and environments for design and animation.

Over the years, Blender 3D has shown immense improvement in its feature set and user interface, with some of the biggest animation studios now opting to go for Blender 3D over other mainstream animation software like Maya or 3DS Max.

While the free and open-source nature of Blender 3D is definitely its biggest talking point, what you cannot ignore is the sheer attention to detail that has gone into the development of this tool.

Simple factors like the selection of objects, manipulation of objects, and even saving and exporting of files has been designed in such a way that it mimics all major tools in the market. This means that if you are a designer who wants to migrate from your design tool to Blender 3D, you do not have to spend time learning the basic UI elements.

Blender 3D is a cross-platform design tool that is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux. The OpenGL used by the Blender 3D UI makes sure that no matter the platform, the experience remains flawless.

 

 

Blender 3D is termed as a ‘Community Driven’ project and as such, anyone interested can take the Blender Source Code and make smaller or bigger changes to it. Projects that you create on Blender can be used for commercial purposes in perpetuity, making this software, a must-have if you are a beginner or a professional in your field.

Blender is available as a free download on the website www.blender.org. 

The company is also accepting donations to keep the development going and you can choose to do so if you wish.