Blender is an open source 3D software modeling application that’s easy enough for novices to learn but features a flexible user interface that gives advanced users the customization capabilities they need. Built to be cross-platform, it works seamlessly on Linux, Windows, and Mac computers and serves as the perfect 3D printing and modeling software for both individuals and small studios who appreciate the true community basis of the brand.
With features like a 3D creation pipeline and the ability for users to make changes to the code base, Blender was developed for artists but is accessible to everyone. While customization is key for many advanced users who rely on Python scripting for custom tools and creations, fast modeling on this software is possible for any user to achieve with easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts and N-Gon support.
Other features include photorealistic rendering with an easy to monitor viewport preview window and a Permissive License that makes linking to external software a ready possibility. Having access to an unlimited amount of materials, specialized accuracy functions, and the ability to pose models in multiple positions allows for an unbelievably realistic final result. Users are also not restricted to a specific mold and can work with the built-in sculpting feature create their own unique pieces of art. Mirrored sculpting in both of these features cuts the amount of time to complete a model in half.
New features recently added by Blender and the online community include more accessible export options, improved wire modeling, and an enhanced motion tracker that now supports plane tracking. The program is offered via download and is ready to run immediately without the hassle of system libraries or preferences being altered. The Windows version of the download also comes with an optional self-extracting installer for those who simply want to choose the location for the software and get started.