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Here we put together links to the homepages of Modeler software. This is only a list of products for Linux. We have not tested or even installed all programs. If you want to be sure wether a program fits your purposes try GPL'ed packages or commercial software providing versions or evaluation copies, Those projects seem to be more reliable ones and customers are safe from rip-off.

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  Description License Type: Source Code: Binary Packages
-> 3DMatrix is a multi-purpose polygon editor and modeler aimed at game and simulation developers and 2D designers based on Java. There are also features that may be of interest to mathematics students. Models can be exported to DXF and Povray. 3DMatrix works under Iris Silicon Graphics, Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, Solaris and Windows 98/NT/2000/XP. Shareware Trial version available No  
-> 3Dom stands for 3-Dimensional Object Modeler. The aim of 3dom is to offer a tool to model reality with user-chosen accuracy, and user-chosen inclination for a particular purpose, which can be gradually improved and extended. GPL Yes  
-> AC3D is a very easy to use 3D modeler which allows anyone to create and manipulate good 3D models. Models can be exported in a number of different formats such as VRML or they can be sent directly to a raytracer such as POVray or Renderman. AC3D can import DXF, Lightwave and some other format files. Shareware No  
-> AERO is a simulation program based on rigid body systems. With the built-in 3D editor you can create a virtual scene consisting of spheres, boxes (cuboids), cylinders and plains. Public domain    
-> Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs. Highlights include subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials. GPL    
-> Ayam formerly known as MOPS. Ayam is a free 3D modelling environment for the RenderMan interface. BSD License Yes  
-> Behemot Editor a graphics program which allows to model and render 3D objects and scenes. BSD License    
-> Blender a high quality animation studio, extremely fast and versatile design instrument. You can easy build and manage complex environments. The renderer is versatile and extremely fast. All basic animation principles (curves & keys) are well implemented. Free and Commercial Yes  
-> BRL-CAD's MGED (Multiple Device Geometry Editor) is BRL-CAD's graphics editor. A powerful Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) based solid modeling system, including an interactive geometry editor, a ray tracing library, multiple ray-tracing based lighting models, a generic framebuffer library, a network-distributed image-processing and signal-processing capability and a large collection of related tools and utilities. GPL Yes  
-> DeskArtes IDS is a software package which has been specially developed as a design tool for industrial designers, consisting of Modeler, Visualizer, CAD/CAM Links (Design geometry can be transferred to other CAD/CAM/CAE systems using DXF, IGES or VDA-FS formats), Rapid Links (it can process the output of CAD/CAM Links to generate STL(SLA) format which is used by rapid prototyping machines). Supported platforms: SGI, Sun, HP and IBM Commercial    
-> freeCAD is a basic 3D CAD with advanced Motion Simulation capabilities. Educators, students and new engineers will find it ideal for the teaching and learning of geometry, kinematics, dynamics, vibrations, mechanisms, linkages, cams, machine design and physics. The program runs on Windows, Macintosh PPC, Linux PC and other Unix's. New homepage, additional download sources and binaries:, the homepage of the StCAD Framework Freeware    
-> FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open-source and highly customizable, scriptable and extensible. LGPL, GPL Yes DEB
-> GmOne 3D modeller that uses OpenGL on many platforms. Usability is a key design goal of this project, as is platform portability. The UI will be done with Qt. GPL Yes  
-> gSculpt is an open source, procedural subdivision modeller. It has a comprehensive set of polygon modelling tools, including most of those found in Wings 3D, and more. GPL Yes  
-> Innovation3D a 3D modelling program for Linux using KDE and OpenGL. It supports both mesh and NURBS based interactive modelling. GPL Yes  
-> irit is a freeware solid modeler developed for educational purposes. Although small, it is now powerful enough to create quite complex scenes. It is a simple environment that allows one to model basic, primitive based, models using Boolean operations as well as freeform surface's based models. Freeware (not public domain) Yes  
-> K3Studio is the universal workbench for 2d/3d modeling, visualization and simulation. The main topic is simulation and visualization of automata networks, but it can be used for diagram drawing, flowcharting, presentation, as a CAD, GIS,... Status: ALPHA GPL    
-> K-3D K-3D is written in C++ with platform independence in mind. As a result, K-3D is available for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows, and others. GPL   DEB, RPM
-> MindsEye is a highly modular and extensible 3d modeling/animation package with support for NURBS surfaces. It's designed to allow multiple scenes and to provide extensive network support. Multi-user support is also planned. Development Status: Pre-Alpha GPL    
-> Modlight this project attempts to be a user-friendly modeler, using GTK+ and MesaGL. The main feature is that it will be able to import/export to POV-Ray scripts. Development Status: Alpha Proprietary License    
-> Moonlight|3D formerly known as Moonlight 3D Atelier. Moonlight|3D strives to become a free modern, flexible, feature-rich and extensible modelling and animation tool. Our goal is to provide a tool that is capable of turning even the most advanced and challenging projects of artists and technical artists into reality. This is still a technology preview. Free Yes  
-> OpenSCAD - The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller is a nice small programable modeler. Works with scripts. It can import DXF and create STL or OFF (It can export dxf as well if your stuff stays 2D) files. If you want to 3D-print a propeller you can just modify one of the example scripts. If you like LaTeX this might be your (batch) solution. You can edit the scripts in an IDE like Turbo Pascal and view the result in an OpenGL viewer. There are some sample scripts included, documentation at OpenSCAD User Manual and a bunch of tutorials on the web. GPL2 Yes DEB,TGZ
-> Pretty Poly Editor - PPE The Pretty Poly 3D Modeller is a project to produce a free, powerful 3D modeller for Linux primarily, but built for cross-platform from the start. Since Pretty Poly loads and saves in many different 3D file formats, it is also a useful model format converter. GPL Yes  
-> Primal Form is a 3D Modeling package allowing the user to quickly build 3D objects. It sports a simple user interface inspired by Nichimen's N-World. GPL Yes  
-> Pygmalion3D is multi platform oriented 3DCG environment. Basically 3D models are created by polygonal subdivision surface. Development Status: Beta GPL    
-> SolveSpace is a parametric 3d CAD program which includes:
 -> modeling 3d - extrudes, revolves, helixes and Boolean (union/difference/intersection) operations.  -> modeling 2d - part as a single section, and export DXF, PDF, SVG; use 3d assembly to verify fit.  -> 3d-printed parts - export the STL or other triangle mesh expected by most 3d printers.  -> preparing CAM - export 2d vector art for a waterjet machine, laser cutter, or generate STEP or STL.  -> mechanism design - constraint solver to simulate planar or spatial linkages, with pin, ball, or slide joints.  -> plane and solid geometry - hand-solved trigonometry and spreadsheets with a live dimensioned drawing.
Later versions of the source code are hosted in git at GitHub.
-> Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. The free 3D models page proposes more than 1100 additional 3D models. The download is avaliable for: Windows, Mac OS, Linux (both: 32 and 64 bit) and cross-platform (Java) GPLv2 Yes JAR, DMG, EXE, JAR, JNLP
-> Truevision is a 3D modeler for gnome and povray. It is still in an early developement phase. GPL   DEB
-> VariCAD a profesional mechanical engineering CAD system. It includes functions for 3D modeling, 2D drawing, editing, transformations, working with user defined objects, block, group and symbol creating capabilities. A free VariCAD Viewer is available. Take a look at our VariCAD section! Commercial (trial version available) No DEB, RPM
-> VARKON a completely open general purpose interactive modeling system but also a programming language, an object oriented database, a sculptured surface modeler, fully parametric in 2D and 3D. It can even be used as a 2D drafting system when this is needed. It is not intended for the average end user but rather for those who wish to develop CAD related functionality of their own. GPL Yes TGZ
-> Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. Wings 3D offers a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility. There is no support in Wings for animation. BSD Yes  
-> Y.A.P.R.M. Y.A.P.R.M. is a free-as-in-freedom modeller to graphicaly design 3d scenes and generate POV-Ray-files for them. Appart from the basic POV-Ray objects which can be used in CSG operations it supports spline based objects. Furthermore a vast amount of 3d-files can be imported and used with Y.A.P.R.M. GPL Yes DEB


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