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3D DESIGN SOFTWARE

Autodesk has a broad portfolio of 3D design software programs to help people imagine, design and create anything.

What is 3D design and what type of software is used to make 3D models?

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, analyse and share their ideas.

Types of 3D design

These are just a few of the types of 3D design methods used across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media and entertainment industries.

  • 3D CAD

    Used by architects, engineers and other professionals, 3D CAD provides an extra dimension to precisely visualise and share designs.

  • 3D MODELLING

    3D modelling – using software to create 3D models – is used broadly across many industries to visualise, simulate and render graphic designs.

  • VISUAL EFFECTS

    Visual effects (VFX) artists create compelling effects, believable 3D characters and stunning environments for film, TV and games.

  • VIRTUAL REALITY

    Virtual reality (VR) replaces the real world with a simulated one in 3D, transforming a 2D design into an interactive, immersive digital model.

  • PRODUCT DESIGN

    Manufacturers and product designers use 3D graphic design programmes to design products, cars, factories, buildings and industrial equipment.

  • BIM

    BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a 3D model-based process that helps professionals more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

    BIM

  • GENERATIVE DESIGN

    Generative design uses computer algorithms to make thousands of optimised designs, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.

  • CAD/CAM | Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing | Autodesk

    CAD/CAM uses computer software to both design a product and programme manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC milling and machining.

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