3D Software

There are many 3D software platforms on the market, available both for purchase and for free.

If you're new to 3D, try these free, easy-to-learn tools:

  • 3D Slash: Use cubes to build printable models
  • Sculptfab: A free, web-based sculpting tool based on Stéphane Ginier's SculptGL.
  • Sculptris: Digital sculpting for beginners, from the makers of ZBrush
  • Smoothie-3D: Create 3D models from an image

For more advanced 3D features, check out some software popular popular among our users:

  • 3ds Max: Modeling and rendering
  • Blender: Modeling, rendering, animation ( Free, open-source )
  • Maya: Modeling and animation
  • Modo: Modeling, sculpting, 3D painting, animation and rendering
  • Rhino: Mathematically precise, freeform surface modeling
  • SketchUp: Modeling with a focus on ease of use ( Free )
  • Unity: Cross-platform game engine ( Free )
  • ZBrush: Sculpting, texturing and painting

There are many, many other great choices out there. Even some video games have high levels of support for exporting 3D models, including Kerbal Space Program, Minecraft, and Spore.

Many platforms also have built-in or plug-in support for Sketchfab publishing; check out our Exporters and Integrations.

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    msdutchman

    Good day to you. In your 3D software listing, you do not mention C4D? However, I have installed the C4D to Sketchfab plugin and it crashes anytime I've tried exporting my 3D file with textures. You mention on your web site you are aware of issues. Is a solution around the corner? Please advise. Thank you. Franklin

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    James

    Hello @msdutchman,

    I'm afraid we don't have a solution for the C4D plugin issues yet, so I can't give you an ETA. However, we will definitely keep investigating!

    For now, you will need to manually export and upload one of our supported formats. I recommend FBX or OBJ.