Great 3D Vids on Vimeo and Youtube

For information about the video please use the links under the videos v

Doomed: a biological cartoon!
from El Señor Studio on Vimeo.

Out Of The Ordinary from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

Kickstart "The Goon" Blur
on Kickstarter.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sweet Home 3D 3.7 released

Sweet Home 3D 3.7 was released.

New in Version 3.7:
  • Displayed groups in the furniture table as expandable / collapsible tree nodes.
  • Used antialiasing in the 3D view when possible.
  • Fixed a bug that could create invalid SH3D files after the importation of a 3D model file containing non ASCII characters (like accentuated letters).
  • Fixed the management of multiple holes in polygons defined in imported DAE files.
  • Forbade window resizing while a SH3D file is opened under Mac OS X, to avoid program freezing.
  • Saved in a SH3D file only the textures of the SH3T file used by the home.
  • Released the version 1.0 (670 kB) of the Textures Library Editor, a separate tool that lets the user create and edit easily SH3T files.
  • Updated the new portable version of Sweet Home 3D (version 3.7, 116 MB) et Furniture Library Editor (version 1.9, 5 Mo).
  • Replaced JRE 6u35 by JRE 6u37 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java.
  • Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.

Sweet Home 3D is Open Source and available for Windows, OS X, Linux and Solaris

More info and download at

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blender 2.64 released

The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.64 aka the VFX release, which was developed and used for the short-film Tear of Steel.

New in 2.64 are additions in:
  • Mask Editor
  • Compositing
  • Motion Tracker
  • Color
  • Green Screen
  • Cycles Render
  • Mesh Tools
  • Sequencer
  • Sculpting
  • Collada
  • Skin Modifier
  • Game Engine
More infos here
and download here

Friday, July 13, 2012

MeshMixer 07 Update 5

An update of the free Autodesk MeshMixer has been released.

New in MeshMixer 07 Update 5:
  • new Close Cracks tool for welding together existing seams
  • Hide selected objects with ctrl+h (ctrl+shift+H to show all)
  • Combine now supports arbitrary number of objects
  • smarter handling of importing objects with very different sizes
  • tweaks for Face Selections (expand/contract, optimize)
  • Add(shift) / Remove(ctrl) for slice-lasso in Face Selection
  • improved Face Selection rendering
  • huge cleanup of memory leaks
  • many, many bug fixes
More info and download on

Friday, July 6, 2012

Nick Gizelis: 50 mechanical brushes for free

On the website of Nick Gizelis you can get a free pack of 50 mechanical brushes for ZBrush or as alphamaps for other sculpting applications.

More info and download at

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shade Standard 10 free on July 4th 2012

Get Shade Standard 10 free today (4th July 2012):

Shade Standard Key Benefits:
  • Create professional 3D artwork and animation
  • Build more kinds of models for art, animation, games
  • Design more realistic looking characters
  • More 3D options for working with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Extend Shade with new capabilities for your projects
  • Deliver 3D movies with 3D audio, Poser integration
The special offer begins January 4, 2012 and ends July 5, 2012.
Shade is compatible with Windows and OS X

More info at

Saturday, June 30, 2012


See the Trailer of "Epic" by 20th Century Fox Animation:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jeff Patton: 11 free HDRI´s

You can get 11 free HDRI´s on the website of Jeff Patton.
The resolution ist 4k x 4k.

More info and download at

Thursday, May 31, 2012

eat3d: 110 free alpha maps for bolts and screws

On eat3d you can get 110 free alpha-/ heightmaps for making all kind of screws and bolts.
These can be used as heightmaps for displacement or in sculpting programs as alphas for brushes.

More Info and Download in the forum at

moofe: 6 new free HiRes HDRI Images

On you can get 6 new High Resolution HDRI images for free.
The packages are very complete and contain backplates, skyboxes, LDR- and HDR-versions of the images.

Download in the free stuff section on

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Josef Bsharah: 27 free 3d models of Axor bathroom mixers and accessories

Josef Bsharah has released 27 free Axor 3d models of Axor bathroom mixers and accessories on his blog Blog for download.
The volume 1 modelpack has a size of aprox. 100 MB and is available in OBJ and C4D formats.

More info and download on

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ReconstructMe Update 0.4.0-370 released

PROFACTOR has released 0.4.0-370 of ReconstructMe.

New in 0.4.0-370:

  • Added multiple volume scanning and stitching feature.
  • Added a fast .ply file exporter.
  • Added interactive 3d mesh preview when pausing a scan.
  • Fixed Microsoft Kinect for Windows projector turn-off when closing the application.
  • Fixed selecting a specific sensor by id.
  • Added a new polygonization algorithm to speed up mesh preview and saving.
  • Renamed --realtime to --scan.
  • Updated color theme of ReconstructMe.

More infos and download at

Saturday, May 5, 2012

HDRI-Hub: Get one free highres HDRI

On HDRI-Hub you can get one free highres HDRI of a Stonewall.
The free package contains:
  • 4096x2048 .hdr Panorama
  • High resolution .jpg tonemapped Image
  • Low resolution light map
  • 15 backplate images
  • sIBL Description file
More info and download at
(Thanks for the tip Andreas)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sweet Home 3D 3.5 released

Sweet Home 3D 3.5 was released.
New in Version 3.5:

  • Added Furniture > Align side by side menu item to align selected furniture on the sides and on the back side of the first selected piece.
  • Added Furniture > Align on front side / Align on back side / Align on left side / Align on right side menu items to align selected furniture on the front / back / left / right side of the first selected piece.
  • Added Furniture > Distribute horizontally / Distribute vertically menu items to distribute selected furniture accordingly.
  • Added Align or distribute furniture menu in plan popup menu to grant access to these features in the online version.
  • Added a magnetism behavior during the drag and drop of a piece in the plan, when its borders approach the borders of an other piece of furniture.
  • Improved magnetism of furniture along walls (including round walls) with anti collision system.
  • Made zoom in the plan centered on mouse cursor when zoom is done with mouse wheel while Ctrl key is pressed (cmd under Mac OS X).
  • Added 3D view > Modify virtual visitor menu item to edit visitor location and angles.
  • Added Adjust eyes elevation according to selected level option in virtual visitor modification pane (selected by default for new homes).
  • Reversed rotation direction towards up / down in aerial view mode.
  • Made ground color vary according to light power setting (the ground color of your existing home files will be automatically updated and this might lead to some small changes in rendering).
  • Reused staircase cut out shape to compute the hole of a ramp in the ground.
  • Added support for element in Collada files to get a better default size of imported 3D models at this format.
  • Added move mouse cursor for objects move in the plan and improved cursors look.
  • Added a button to access preferences in the tool bar (except under Mac OS X where the cmd + , shortcut is well known and the tool bar already large).
  • Fixed a bug that froze application when a window displaying a 3D view previously saved as hidden was enlarged under Mac OS X.
  • Split HomeController class in HomeController + HomePluginController classes to grant access to controllers in a plug-in (if you created a derived version of Sweet Home 3D with a direct subclass or an instantiation of HomeController class, you should just replace com.eteks.sweethome3d.viewcontroller.HomeController class by com.eteks.sweethome3d.plugin.HomePluginController class).
  • Updated German / Spanish / Brazilian-Portuguese / Swedish help.
  • Russian version of the user interface reviewed and updated by Андрей Прищенко.
  • Changed the font of Sweet Home 3D logo (thanks to Julien De Méyère).
  • Replaced JRE 6u30 by JRE 6u32 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java.
  • Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.

Sweet Home 3D is Open Source and available for Windows, OS X, Linux and Solaris

More info and download at

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Blender 2.63 released

The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.63, the third update to Blender 2.6.

New in Version 2.63:
Full release notes here
More info and download at

300+ Free Animal Reference Images on CGArena added more than 300 high quality free reference images of animals.

Search in their database for "animal" or "bird" for example.

More info and dowload at

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mandelbulber 1.12 released

A new version of Mandelbulber was released.
New in version 1.12:
  • added saving of all image layers in separate PNG 16-bit files
  • improved fish eye perspective projection - now is compatible with full-dome projectors
  • added "fish eye 180 degree cut" mode to limit rendering area to hemisphere

More info and download at

xNormal 3.17.12 released

An update of xNormal has been released:

New in Version 3.17.12:
  • Fixed some crashes in the FBX mesh importer.
  • Added 3dsmax/Maya 2013 support.
  • Added preliminary support for Photoshop CS6.
  • Fixed a problem that was avoiding the OpenCTM mesh importer plug-in to load properly.
  • Fixed a memory leak releasing shaders in the OpenGL graphics driver.
  • Solved a problem with Growl ( GNTP-send ) which was causing some crashes.
  • Fixed a problem with color dialogs in the OpenGL graphics driver.
  • Now you can use derivative maps in the 3D viewport ( with parallax effect based on Morten Mikkelsen's blog entry )
  • Optimized the de-indexing phase for all the graphics drivers.
  • Optimized the DX9 graphics driver and dropped support for ps1/2.
  • Recompiled using the latest libraries ( Crosswalk 2012.5, FBXSDK 2012.2, Ogre3D 1.7.4 ).
More information and download on

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Voodoo Camera Tracker 1.2 Beta released

digilab Hannover has released Voodoo Camera Tracker 1.2 Beta.

New in this version is improved support for Blender 2.5.x and higher. Export was tested for Blender 2.53 beta, 2.57, and 2.62.

More Infos and download at

Friday, April 6, 2012

Marc Lorenz: Free Time-lapse Skies

On the website of Marc Lorenz you can get 3 high quality time-lapse skies (each video in 1080p resolution and 4 different color grading flavors).
These time-lapse skies are great for usage as background in archviz projects.

All footage is creative commons licensed and free for personal or commercial use.

More info and download on


Sky Cloudy002 Time-lapse preview from Marc Lorenz on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get 4 free HDRI images at HDR Mill

On the website of HDR Mill you can get 4 free HDRI´s.
The free images are available in 3000x1500 resolution and include two nature, one city and one interior scene.

More info and download at

Saturday, March 31, 2012

BRL-CAD 7.20.4

BRL-CAD is a cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing,  ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite and libraries for robust geometric representation.

BRL-CAD is available for BSD,  IRIX,  Linux,  Mac OS X,  Solaris and Windows.

More info and download at

Saturday, March 24, 2012

OpenFlipper 1.2 released

The RWTH Aachen has released OpenFlipper 1.2.

New in 1.2:
  • Mesh Compare:
    Compare distance, normal deviation and other mesh properties
  • Primitives Generator
    Create various primitives(Spheres, icosahedron, dodecahedron,...)
  • PropertyVis
    Visualize scalar or vector valued properties on meshes
  • Remesher
    Adaptive and uniform remeshing
  • Render depth peeling
    Depth peeling renderer (transparency)
  • Render Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    Screen Space Ambient Occlusion renderer
  • Height field importer:
    Import images containing height fields as Triangle meshes
    Additionally some new data types have been added:
  • Hexahedral meshes (based on OpenVolumeMesh)
  • Splat clouds
Furthermore a lot of updates and improvements as well as bugfixes have been integrated. It now builds fine with VS2010 and XCode 4.3 (clang).

More info and download at

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

75 free 3d models of seating, tables and furniture from Herman Miller

On the website of Herman Miller you can get free 3d models of Seating, Filling & Storage, Desking, Tables and Furniture.
In detail they offer:

  • 43 seating models (for example work chairs, lounge chairs, stools and dining chairs)
  • 27 desking, table and furniture models (for example conference tables and dining tables)
  • and 5 storage models 
More info and download at

netfabb basic version 4.9 update released

A new version of netfabb was released.

The netfabb 4.9 update has focused on bugfixes and improvements of existing function. Fixes and functional improvements include:
  • improved triangle reduction
  • improved smoothing
  • updated license dialog to warn for licensing or dongle issues
  • interlocking test analyzer
  • performance improvement for 3D packing
  • GUI-Fixes for MacOS
  • NCM support for file preview browser
  • SLC Import fix
  • Screenshots
More info and free download of the basic version at

Autodesk 123D Beta 9 released

Autodesk has released the Betaversion 9 of their CAD modeling software 123D.

New in Beta 9:
  • My Corner login and online experience enhancements
  • 3D STL export preview
  • auto and manual dimensioning of 2D and Laser Sheets
  • presentation 
  • and sharing enhancements.

More infos and download at

Monday, March 19, 2012

Structure Synth 1.5

Structure Synth is a cross-platform application for generating 3D structures by specifying a design grammar. Even simple systems may generate surprising and complex structures. The design grammar approach was originally devised by Chris Coyne.

Structure Synth is open source and available for Windows, Linux and OS X

More info and download


Get 18 HDRI Probes for free from Keith Bruns

On the website of Keith Bruns you can get 18 HDRI Probes for free.
Resolution of the probes is up to 2000 x 2000.

More Infos and Download at

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Unity: Free Android and iOS mobile basic licenses until April 8th

The mobile basic licenses of Unity for iOS and Android are free until April 8th 2012.
(normally worth 800$)

More Infos and Download at

Friday, March 16, 2012

More than 13.000 free textures at 10ravens

The website of 10ravens offers more than 13.000 free textures available for personal or even commercial works. (free registration needed)

Categories include:
Bricks, Buildings, Concrete, Doors, Fences and Walls, Food, Ground, Children's Drawings, Metal,    Plaster, Rocks, Skies, Stone walls, Water, Windows and Wood.

More info and download at

GOM Inspect 7.5 : Free 3D Inspection and Mesh Processing Software

GOM Inspect is a free 3D inspection and mesh processing software for dimensional analysis of 3D point clouds and viewer for ATOS and GOM Inspect Professional data sets.

Features from GOM Inspect include:
  • CAD Data and 3D Point Cloud Import 
  • 3D Mesh Processing 
  • 3D Inspection Tools 
  • 2D Analysis 
  • Comprehensive Reporting 
  • Data Export
More info and download at

ReconstructMe Update 221 released

PROFACTOR has released Build 221 of ReconstructMe.

New in Build 221:
  • Fixed ambiguous function call to max.
  • Added support for custom volume sizes and other settings. 
  • Added an initial set of configuration files. 
  • Dropped --highres support in favor of custom configuration files. 
  • Added support for depth-only cameras such as Asus Xtion Pro. 
  • This version breaks support for previously recorded streams. 
  • Various fixes to reconstruction engine applied.
More infos and download at

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More than 100 free 3d models of interiors for free on designconnected

On designconnected you can download more than 100 free 3d models of interiors.
The 3D Models are tables, chairs, clocks and decorations.

More info and download at

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free 3D Head Models on TEN24

On TEN24 you can get 3 really nice and detailed 3D models of male heads. They contain reflection-, bump-, normal- and diffuse maps. TEN24 has some nice head modeling/texturing tutorials too.

The model formats are LWO (and OBJ).

Links to the free heads on
Examplevideo of TEN24 on YouTube:


ReconstructMe is an intuitive 3D reconstruction system from PROFACTOR offering unique features Robust 3D real-time reconstruction.
It features:
  • Accurate metric surface reconstruction 
  • Multiple 3D sensor support (Kinect etc.)
  • Cross-vendor 3D hardware support (AMD, NVIDIA and INTEL) 
  • Offline reconstruction from existing file streams 
  • Resuming reconstructions at any point in time Surface export to common 3D file formats such as .stl or .obj 
ReconstructMe is free for non-commercial use and available for Windows.

More infos and download at

24 free cut-out people on epictor

You can get a set of 24 images of cut-out people at epictor.
(Registration required)

More info and download at

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hexagon 2.5, DAZ Studio 4 Pro and Bryce 7 Pro free until end of March 2012

DAZ 3D is promoting their 3D Software by making the three award-winning 3D software products DAZ STUDIO, Hexagon and Bryce for the first time ever available for free (until the end of February 2012)  (extended through the end of March 2012).

So now you can get

DAZ STUDIO 4 PRO: (was $429.95)
This 3D software package includes DAZ Studio Pro, a feature rich 3D figure customization, posing, and animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital illustrations and 3D animations. DAZ Studio Pro is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and 3D animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.

BRYCE 7 PRO  (was $249.95)
Bryce is an award winning, fun, feature-packed 3D modeling and animation package designed to allow new users to quickly create and render stunning 3D environments. Bryce combines exceptional power with an innovative interface for incredible ease of use. Add wildlife, people, props and more to your scenes via the DAZ Studio character plug-in in addition to terrain, water, sky, rocks, clouds, fog, vegetation, and architecture for which Bryce has long been the standard. Originally created by Eric Wenger, Kai Krause and Phil Clevenger.

HEXAGON 2.5 (was $149.95)
Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create detailed 3D models ready for final render. Packed with features such as; DAZ Studio Bridge, sculpted primitives, freehand modeling brushes, micro-displacement modeling tools, comprehensive UV-mapping modules, advanced 3D paint, and instant ambient occlusion. Hexagon provides you with all the options of expensive competitor software, but at an affordable price.

This 3D software suite has a combined retail value of over $800!

So get it now free at


Also freely available:
That adds another 560 $ of retail value available for free.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Free Textures from CGArena

On there are many high quality textures for free.

Categories include:
Animals, Buildings, Fire, Ground, Misc, Ornaments, Panoramic, Scenes & Skies, Transport, Trees-Flowers and Weapon.

More info and dowload at

Sunday, February 26, 2012

xNormal 3.17.9 released

An update of xNormal has been released:

New in Version 3.17.9:
  • Removed a warning message about OpenGL 3.1 loading the OpenRL renderer's plugin DLL. 
  • Improved compatibility reading .OBJ vertex colors from 3D Coat. 
  • The OpenGL graphics driver now lists all the anti-aliasing video modes. 
  • Added an option to the mikktspace plug-in to compute the binormal on the fly in the shader. 
  • Recompiled using the latest libraries ( Optix 2.5, JDK 1.7u3 ).
More information and download on

Saturday, February 25, 2012

5 free HDRI from nordicFX

The website of nordicFX offers 5 free HDRI´s for non-commercial use only.
This HDRI environments include matching backplates.

Get them on

Thursday, February 23, 2012

OpenSCAD 2011.12

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects.

Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.

More Info at

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blender 2.62 released

The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.62, the second update to Blender 2.6.

New in Version 2.62:
More info and download at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Unity 3.5 released

The version 3.5 of Unity has been released. 3.5 is one of the biggest releases to-date. It’s packed full of new features and improvements.
Major new features are:
  • Shuriken Particle 
  • System Built-in Pathfinding 
  • Upgraded Occlusion Culling & new LOD 
  • Google Chrome Native Client deployment 
  • Linear Space Lighting and HDR
More Infos about Unity 3.5 at

Monday, February 13, 2012

Arbaro 1.9.8, a free 3D tree generator

Arbaro is a free tree generator. It's written in Java, so you can use it with any OS, wich is supported by Java.

Arbaro reads in an XML file with the tree parameters and writes out Povray, DXF or Wavefront OBJ files.
16 free 3D trees are included as XML-files ready for export.  

You can download the Arbaro software from the project site at SourceForge.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mandelbulber 1.11 released

A new version of Mandelbulber was released.
New in version 1.11:
  • added iteration fog effect (fog which density depends on iteration count). This fog cast shadows on fractal surface and on itself. Can be also iluminated by auxiliary lights and ambient occlusion. 
  • improved water animation effect 
  • disabling of SSAO and DOF when tile rendering is enabled 
  • OpenCL: added ambient occlusion effect 
  • OpenCL: added colouring algorithms 
  • OpenCL: added setting for OpenCL job size 
  • OpenCL: added new rendering engine "Crazy: iteration fog count" 
  • OpebCL: added Quaternion and Xonodreambuie formulas 
  • OpenCL: added volumetric fog effect - fixed bug: thumbanils weren't rendered properly
  • fixed bug: weird colour gradients 
  • added few example files for "iteration fog" effect
More info and download at

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Free textures on Mayang´s website

Get more than 4000 free textures on the dedicated texture website from Mayang.

The categories include:
Architectural, Buildings, Fabric, Man-made, Metal, Nature, Plants, Stone and Wood.

More info and download at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Free 3D Models of Cars and Motorbikes from HONDA

On the webpage of you can get 19 HONDA 3D Models of classic cars and motorbikes.

The models are available in 3D DXF-Format and are split into vehicle parts.

More info and download at

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Free 3D Models in the Tradition of Japan on 3D Chaya

On 3D Chaya you can get a lot of free japanese inspired 3D models for free.
Models include japanese architecture, weapons, furniture and more.

More infos and download at

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Free netfabb Mobile STL Viewer for iOS and Android

netfabb mobile is a free STL 3D Viewer for iOS and Android from the makers of the free netfabb studio basic.

With netfabb Mobile in your Android Phone, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can bring 3D models on STL format in your pocket and view or showcase files anywhere you are, at a random meeting with a customer on the street, at an internal meeting, at trade shows & conferences, or at any place where you want to visualize your designs.

More infos and download at

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Free tiled and seamless textures at maxTextures

maxTextures offers a huge amount of tileable and seamless textures free for download.
(Private or non-commercial usage only if not purchased)

Categories include:
Concrete / Plaster, Pavement / Roads, Stone / Rock, Marble / Tiles, Graffiti, Ground, Grass / Snow, Manholes / Grates, Metals rusty, Metals corrugated, Metal Objects, Plant and Leaf, Barks / Tree, Wood Exterior, Wood, Wood Objects, Organic, Fabric, Plastic, Doors /Windows, Guages, Buttons / Aircon / Misc,  Food, Signs / Other

More info and download at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More than 500 free 3D Cars at DMI

On you can download more than 380 car models, 75 Rescue-Fire-Police models, 70 Truck-Bus-Industrial vehicle models, 45 Military models and 25 Racing Car models for free (private usage)

The models are available in lwo file format.

More infos and download at

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Triangle Mesh Completer 1.10 update released

Alexander Emelyanov has released version 1.10 of his Triangle Mesh Completer.

New in 1.10:
  • Simpler to use
  • Shows better results with comparison of the previous one
  • The processing profile file format has been essentially changed, as a particular, you don't need to manage the missing surface field settings anymore.
More info and download at