This a list of software  used with 3D technology. Only those with (Author Recommended) are softwares  that the author and podcast host have used and recommend.  If you would like to be considered for this list please contact Bridgette Mongeon through the contact page. Check back often as we will continually be adding to this list.


3D Coat $379 full version, $99 educational version, hard surface and organic

Sculptris free, hard surface and organic (author recommended)

3D-COAT $419 full version, $99 educational version, hard surface and organic

Mudbox $495,  hard surface and organic (author recommended)

ZBrush $795,  hard surface and organic (author recommended)

Blender free—open source,  3D modeling, animating, and much more

Rhinoceros $995, 3D modeling, NURBS modeling

SketchUp professional version $590, 3D modeling

SketchUp Make, free, 3D drawing

• 3ds Max $3,675, 3D molding and more

Vectric Aspire $1,995, modeling/signage and G-code

Maya $1,830, 3D modeling and much more

Carrara $171, modeling

Cheetah 3D $69, 3D modeling and more

Posing Programs

Daz Studio 3D (author recommended)

Poser, $129 Poser 10, $449.99 Poser Pro,  (author recommended)

Where to Buy 3D Models

Turbo Squid


• Content Paradise


Software for Repairing Models

Netfabb $299 non-commercial, $1,799 commercial, some portions are free

MeshMixer free,  (author recommended)

MeshLab free,  (author recommended)

Photogrammetry Software

Autodesk 123D Catch free, $9.99 a month for non-commercial use

• Agisoft $179 standard, $3,499 professional, (author recommended)

Acute 3D, $3,250 a year in the US, cross-platform

Photomodeler, $1,145, photo modeler scanner $2495, not cross-platform but will run on parallels 6

Other Free Fun Stuff

JWEEL, browser-based jewelry design program

• Autodesk 123 Series,

–– 123D Catch, scan from your cell phone

–– 123D CNC, create files for CNC milling

–– 123D Creature, create creatures

–– 123D Design, create 3D models

–– 123D Make, helps you to make physical models out of designs

–– 123D Sculpt, sculpt using your iPad

–– 123D Meshmixer, helps to prepare your files for 3D printing

–– 123D Tinkercad, helps you to design 3D object for printing

Learn Code for Art

Processing 2

Create 3D Models from Medical Imaging


Software to Transfer Files

Cyberduck, $23.99

Filezilla, free

Fetch, $29

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