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3D design 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 for computer-generated (CG) design. 3D design is used in a variety of industries to help artists shape, communicate, document, analyze, and share their ideas.
These are just a few of the types of 3D design methods used across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media, and entertainment industries.
Used by architects, engineers, and other professionals, 3D CAD provides an extra dimension to precisely visualize and share designs.
Visual effects (VFX) artists create compelling effects, believable 3D characters, and stunning environments for film, TV, and games.
Virtual reality (VR) replaces the real world with a simulated one in 3D, transforming a 2D design into an interactive, immersive digital model.
Manufacturers and product designers use 3D design tools to design products, automobiles, factories, buildings, and industrial equipment.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a 3D model-based process that helps professionals more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Generative design uses computer algorithms to make thousands of optimized designs, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.
Get Revit + AutoCAD + Civil 3D + more—Powerful BIM tools for architecture, engineering, and construction projects
Professional design software for 2D and 3D CAD
BIM software to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure
AutoCAD functionality, plus tools just for architects
Cost-effective 2D CAD software for drafting and documentation
Civil engineering design and construction documentation
Get Inventor + AutoCAD + Fusion 360 + more—Professional-grade tools for product development and manufacturing planning
Mechanical design and 3D CAD software for product development
Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software for industrial and product design
CAM software for high-speed and 5-axis machining
Cost-effective 3D mechanical CAD with part-level parametric modeling
AutoCAD functionality, plus electrical design CAD features
Get Maya + 3ds Max + Arnold + more—End-to-end creative tools for entertainment creation
3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software for film, games, and TV
3D modeling, animation, and rendering software for games and design visualization
Tools for 3D visual effects, finishing, and 3D compositing
Cost-effective 3D modeling and game development software
Digital modeling, sculpting and painting software
Get started with 3D design with these tutorials, guides, and tips.