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3D modeling is the process of using software to create a mathematical representation of a 3-dimensional object or shape. The created object is called a 3D model and these 3-dimensional models are used in a variety of industries.
The film, television, video games, architecture, construction, product development, science and medical industries all use 3D models to visualize, simulate and render graphic designs.
3D modeling is used across a wide range of industries
VFX and animation studios use modeling software to create CG assets and characters for films and TV shows
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Game developers create 3D environments and characters for games and cinematics using modeling tools.
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The manufacturing industry uses 3D modeling software for product design, engineering, and concept rendering.
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The architecture industry uses modelng software to render interiors and exteriors of proposed buildings and environments.
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The artist starts by generating a 3D primitive such as a plane, cube, cylinder, or sphere, which are each made up of numerous polygons. This object is then further developed by using various modeling tools to change and define its new, desired form. The workflow involves adding vertices, while adjusting their placement and manipulating the object’s mesh by subdividing its polygons with the goal of creating a new 3D object.
In this video series, 5 artists demonstrate their respective technique in creating realistic 3D characters.
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In this first video we see how to setup the scene and 3ds Max's viewport for optimal visualization quality.
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Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM/CAE tool for collaborative product development. Get started with 3D modeling, sketching, 2D drawings and assemblies with these quick tutorials. Learn how Autodesk Fusion 360 can help you bring your designs to life.
Help students get started in design with Autodesk® skill-building videos. No experience is necessary – each video covers everything your class needs to complete an exciting 3D design project. Just select the Autodesk design software you’re using and your class’s skill level, and you’re ready to go.
Find inspiration with these digital art and CG (computer graphics) galleries.
Get inspired by 3D models created by artists all around the world in the AREA artists gallery.
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See what people are making with Fusion 360 in the product design gallery.
Get free training, participate in forums, and access a free texture library in the CG gallery.
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Get started in 3D modeling with these tutorials, guides, tips and communities.
Autodesk's official CG community. Discover and learn through free tutorials and get the latest industry news.
Get ready-to-use 3D models, characters, landscapes and textures for Maya at Creative Market.
Get ready-to-use 3D assets, models, low-poly packs, and textures for 3ds Max from Creative Market.
See how the Autodesk AEC Collection makes project designing, planning, and building easier.
Polycount is a community for professional and hobbyist game artists. Explore galleries, 3D news and forums.
Autodesk offers its Fusion 360 software free to qualifying startups, hobbyists, and makers through a simple three-step verification process (US site).
Autodesk makes it easy to develop 3D modeling projects on your mobile device (US site). You can share, view, and comment on 2D and 3D DWG, DWF, Navisworks, and Revit software files. You can also review 3D models and animation in multiple formats and even create digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed.
Built-in modeling and sculpting tools in 3ds Max allow you to quickly model 3D characters, environments, and elements. Its efficient and flexible modeling toolset allows you to automate your workflow, so you can focus on producing high-quality renders in less time.
Autodesk software is designed to allow you to securely collaborate on 3D files in one location with easy design review in a web browser. You can maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data and convert configurable 3D models into BIM objects.
Watch free tutorials on 3D modeling for Maya and 3ds Max on AREA, your hub for all things 3D. Find written and video tutorials for beginners to the most advanced users.