Top 6 3D Modeling Software of the Week

This blog series features the top-performing projects on SourceForge under specific categories. This week, we feature the top 6 3D Modeling Software of the Week available on SourceForge.

3D modeling has numerous applications in various fields and industries. Today’s software offers a plethora of features and capabilities, with many created for specific uses.

Here are the top 6 3D Modeling Software available here at SourceForge, based on weekly downloads:

Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D is an interior design application that helps you to quickly draw house floor plans, arrange furniture on it, and visit the results in 3D. It allows you to simultaneously view changes in 3D from any view point, create photorealistic images and videos with various light sources, as well as import additional 3D models and export the plan at various standard formats. Sweet Home 3D is highly-rated and extremely user-friendly, and was previously awarded Project of the Month in October 2009.

[ Download Sweet Home 3D ]


FreeCAD is a general purpose, feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM. It is aimed directly for mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.

FreeCAD is based on OpenCasCade, a powerful geometry kernel, and features an Open Inventor-compliant 3D scene representation model provided by the Coin 3D library and a broad Python API. The interface is built with Qt. FreeCAD runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platforms.

[ Download FreeCAD ]


BRL-CAD is a powerful, cross-platform constructive solid geometry modeling system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray-tracing for rendering & geometric analyses, network distributed framebuffer support, image & signal-processing tools.

[ Download BRL-CAD ]


MeshLab is a mesh processing system for user-assisted editing, cleaning, filtering and rendering of large unstructured 3D triangular meshes (typical 3D scanning meshes). For mesh processing tasks the system relies on the gpl VCG library.

[ Download MeshLab ]

PyMOL Molecular Graphics System

PyMOL is a Python-enhanced, OpenGL-based molecular visualization system. It excels at 3D visualization of proteins, small molecules, density, surfaces, and trajectories. It also includes molecular editing, ray tracing, and movies.

[ Download PyMOL ]

Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is a full-featured 3D modelling, rendering, and animation studio. It is written entirely in Java, and can run on almost any operating system.

[ Download Art of Illusion ]

See and know more of the many other 3D modeling software available on SourceForge here.


[Category: Open Source]