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post #1 of 10
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Which is the best? I am getting interested in 3d Modeling, mostly just basic shapes and lengths for now.

I tried Google Sketchup but I couldn't figure out how to use it with more precise measurements.
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post #2 of 10
If you are having a hard time with...........never mind, how precise do you want your measurements? I'm able to go to less than 1/16th of a mm.
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post #3 of 10
I know there's bender3d and Maya
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3dsmax 2008 is really good, but you have to pay out the a** for it.
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post #5 of 10
any easy to use begginner 3d modelling programs out there though?
post #6 of 10
Ulead Cool 3D http://www.ulead.com/cool3d/runme.htm my avatar was made using that program
Maya http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...&siteID=123112 Pixar studios uses this for their movies
Cinema 4D http://www.maxon.net/pages/dyn_files...welcome_e.html
Blender http://www.blender.org/
Lightwave http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/index.php

Probably the easiest one to use is Cool 3D but are limited as to what you can do compared to the rest of the programs. Maya, C4D and Lightwave are more on the difficult side and Blender is free
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post #7 of 10
I know in the game industry 3dmax is the most widely used. Another one that no one has mentioned is zbrush for texturing.
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post #8 of 10
SOLIDWORKS!!! but its advanced....
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post #9 of 10
SolidEdge can be used for beginner's or advanced. Includes easy to follow tutorials that get progressively harder and is beginning to pick up acceptance in the engineering field. We used it in engineering school for designing parts we needed machined and also for analysis of parts. You can also automate to see it work (such as a cam and shaft). If you live close to a university with even a decent engineering program, you should be able to get SolidEdge for about 15-20 bucks.
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post #10 of 10
I'm pretty good with Maya, you can get the basic watermarked version free. It helps you get better, I can model an animate pretty much anything now. And it lets y`ou learn the terminology of other programs as well.
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