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3D MODELING SOFTWARE

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

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What is 3D modeling?

3D modeling 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 visualize, simulate and render graphic designs.

What is 3D modeling used for?

3D modeling is used across a wide range of industries

  • FILM & TV

    VFX and animation studios use modeling 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 modeling tools.

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  • PRODUCT DESIGN

    The manufacturing industry uses 3D modeling 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 modeling software for games, film, TV, and VFX

Our top 3D modeling software for industrial and product design

Our top 3D modeling software for architecture and construction

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How does 3D modeling 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 modeling tools to change and define its new, desired form. The workflow involves adding vertices, while adjusting their placement and manipulating the object’s mesh by subdividing its polygons with the goal of creating a new 3D object.