How to Create a 3D Model?
Info about How to Create a 3D Model
3D Modeling is a creative process where you can build a model (character, creature, vehicle, etc.) in three dimensions (x, y, z) as opposed to simply drawing or painting a picture in two dimensions.
There are tons of different software options available to create 3D content and they vary in terms of complexity, price, and system requirements.
If you're new to 3D, try these free, easy-to-learn tools:
3D Slash: Use cubes to build printable models
ZBrushCoreMini: 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 among our users:
3ds Max: Modeling and rendering (Windows only)
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)
Pixologic ZBrush: Sculpting, texturing and painting
3D Scanning Software
3D Scanning is the process of using multiple 2D images or photographs to create a 3D model. For example, Sketchfab users scan their dinners, cars, or even statues in museums. You can do this with a professional-level camera or even your smartphone!
Popular and recommended apps:
Trnio: A cheap, easy-to-use iOS app. Includes native Sketchfab and Facebook sharing.
Scann3D: A free, easy-to-use, Android app. Includes native Sketchfab sharing.
Agisoft Metashape: High quality, commercial Windows and OS X desktop app. Includes native Sketchfab sharing.
Autodesk ReCap 360: Windows-based software with a free 30-day trial
Creating 3D models with 2D images
Currently, making a 3D model requires much more information to process in a computer than most 2D image files (JPG, PNG, etc.).
3D models are a collection of points in 3D space, so they have a length, width, and depth. 2D images only have length and width components.
There is no software yet that can take a single 2D image (for example, a family photo) and produce a robust 3D model. However, you can use a series of 2D images and make a 3D model through a process called photogrammetry. If you’re interested, we recommend checking out the 3D scanning resources in the 3D Scanning guide.
In addition, there are some 3D modeling programs out there that can help you sculpt or create 3D models out of single 2D images. They do require a bit of time and patience but the results can be what you’re seeking to do. A good example is Smoothie-3D.
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