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Top 10 of Autodesk software


Kat Plewa on Jun 5, 2019 |


Autodesk is a leader in CAD and 3D modeling software. With over 90 products to choose from, you might feel a little lost. That is why we prepared for you a list of Top 10 most popular 3D software by Autodesk. Which one fits your needs best? Let’s find out!

Different types of software

As we already mentioned Autodesk is very well known for its 3D modeling and CAD software. What is the difference? We dedicated a whole blog post to this topic, but as a summary, CAD software is always based on precise technical drawings for engineering purposes whereas 3D modeling is more free, like sculpting, aimed more for video game creators.


Autodesk didn’t stop just there. In their wide range of products, you can also find software dedicated especially for the creation of good renders, which can be highly beneficial for those who work on presentational models, for example of product concepts or architecture engineering.

Top 10 of Autodesk software

We will take a closer look at different products from Autodesk. Autodesk has software for everyone, no matter if you have no idea about 3D modeling or you’re a professional searching improvement for your workflow. We organized this list by the level of skills required to operate the software, so make sure you stick with us till the end of our list and you will see a wide path for our future 3D modeling skills!


Free Alternatives to Tinkercad


We recently wrote about TinkerCAD as it also made our list of the easiest 3D software to use. TinkerCAD is a free, web-based app that allows you to build models starting with simple shapes. It is known to be intuitive and easy to learn.


AutoCAD 2020 Product Overview


As its name suggests, it is a CAD software. It is widely used by professionals in many industries. 3D models are based on 2D geometries, all with assigned dimensions. Autodesk AutoCAD is a very powerful software with a wide set of tools and plugins dedicated to specific industries, such as architecture, or mechanical. It is fairly easy to learn with online tutorials, however, keep in mind that is it very technical.



Maya Overview Video


Maya can be considered the opposite software of AutoCAD. It provides artists, modelers, and animators with pretty impressive tools for 3D modeling, simulation, 3D animation with rigging, texturing and rendering. It allows for the creation of HD visual effects, photorealistic environments, design visualization, and characters. It is also capable of handling heavy and complex projects thanks to dedicated tools and support workflows.

3Ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max Overview


3Ds Max, from our experience, seems to be a mix between Maya and AutoCAD. It is capable of creating product designs for 3D printing certification, however, they might not be as precise as designed in Autodesk AutoCAD. But if you’re not an engineer, 3Ds Max might be easier to adapt to than AutoCAD.

This 3D modeling software is also capable of high quality renders, content creation for games, environments, and effects for movies, 3D animations or simulating fluid behavior.

Fusion 360


This CAD software is also a mix of different tools. It brings together industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration and machining in one place. The creation of your 3D model starts with a technical drawing, however, Fusion 360 also gives you a choice of different modes, therefore also giving you powerful tools for different design variations.


In Autodesk Fusion 360 you can simulate different types of stress on the parts, digital prototyping, test fit, and motion, but also photorealistic renders and 3D animation if needed. Additionally, it has a set of tools dedicated to 3D printing certification your models.


We have used Fusion 360 on several occasions, for example in our 3D printed thread tutorial and pipe fitting tutorial, and you can see that Autodesk Fusion 360 is pretty straight forward. This software is getting more and more popular not only thanks to a wide range of tools, but also because of its user-friendly UI.


Mudbox 2015 Overview

Mudbox is a 3D modeling software clearly designed for game designers, animators, filmmakers. This software allows for creating 3D characters and environments, highly detailed natural and organic shapes with great texturing. It is a great alternative to Maya and 3Ds Max when it comes to the price of the license.


Introducing Arnold 5.1


If your 3D models require high quality, super realistic renders in complex environments, Arnold is the answer to your needs. This Autodesk software was designed just for that. It supports plugins for Maya, 3Ds Max and other 3D software to allow you to render highly detailed images thanks to advanced ray-tracing tools.


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