The best free 3D apps

An image from SculptGL, one of the best free 3D apps
(Image credit: SculptGL)

With the best free 3D apps, many 3D designers are able to avoid the high cost of some professional 3D software. Many apps also have the advantage of being web-based or available as mobile apps, meaning that you're not tied to a desktop setup. They might not offer all the functionality that you require depending on your needs, but there is now a wide variety of free 3D apps available that are genuinely useful for 3D modelling.

Many free 3D apps are stripped-down versions of more fully featured software and they're designed as primers for those starting out. That said, Blender, now on version 4 as of November 2023, has enough functionality to serve for many people's needs. Most free 3D apps can also synch to more serious software, so even if your workflow requires more functionality, the web-based or mobile 3D apps might still be useful when you want to work on a tablet on the go.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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