3D design software

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


Image courtesy of Briggs Automotive Company Ltd.

Image courtesy of Briggs Automotive Company Ltd.

What is 3D design and what types of 3D design software are used?

3D design is the process of using 3D CAD 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 software is used in a variety of industries to help artists shape, communicate, document, analyze, and share their ideas.

Autodesk 3D design software – create & collaborate with 3D print software and 3D modelling software

Autodesk 3D design software powers creativity and collaboration in the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media, and entertainment industries.

3D CAD

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

 


3D modeling

3D modeling software is used broadly across many industries to visualize, simulate, and render graphic designs.

 


Visual effects

Visual effects(VFX) artists use 3D design software to 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 CAD design software to depict and map out products, automobiles, factories, buildings, and industrial equipment.

 


BIM

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

 


Generative design

Generative design uses computer algorithms within 3D design software to make thousands of optimized designs, along with the data to prove which iterations perform best.

 


CAD/CAM

CAD/CAM uses 3D software to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC milling and machining.

 


3D design software for architecture, construction, and engineering

Powerful BIM and CAD tools for designers, engineers, and contractors, including Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Autodesk Forma, and more


2D and 3D CAD tools, with enhanced insights, AI-automations, and collaboration features. Subscription includes AutoCAD on desktop, web, mobile, and seven specialized toolsets.


Best-in-class tool for 2D CAD drafting, drawing, and documentation. Subscription includes AutoCAD LT on desktop, web, and mobile.


Plan, design, construct, and manage buildings with powerful tools for Building Information Modeling.


Civil engineering design and construction documentation


3D design software for product design and manufacturing

Get Inventor + AutoCAD + Autodesk Fusion + more—Professional-grade tools for product development and manufacturing planning.


Professional-grade product design and engineering tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation.


Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software for product design


CAM software for high-speed and 5-axis machining—available as Standard, Premium, Ultimate


Automate complex geometry to enhance the performance and aesthetics of your products.


Simple 3D design and 3D print software

Simple 3D design and 3D printing app


See how customers are using 3D design software

ANDREI VISUALS

AutoCAD projects light in Jordan

Andrei Snobar uses AutoCAD for 3D design and mapping to create interactive art installations and animated videos that he projects onto buildings.

 


STRATFORD FESTIVAL

Set design comes to life with AutoCAD

Canadian theater festival uses AutoCAD and other technologies such as 3D printing to deliver incredible set designs.

 


ARCHITECTS ALASKA

Designing for construction in extreme conditions

Architecture firm designs pool and fitness center to be built on top of frozen soil in a remote location.

 


3D design software resources

Learn from Autodesk University experts, hone your skills, and see what’s possible with Autodesk software. Take your 3D design sketch and make it a reality.

 

We give students, educators, and educational institutions free access to our 3D graphic design programs, creativity apps, and learning resources.

 

Get the most out of your AutoCAD trial with these tutorials, tips, and free resources.

 

See how the Autodesk AEC Collection makes project designing, planning, and building easier.

 

Autodesk's official CG community. View free tutorials on modeling and animation and get the latest industry news.

 

Get shortcut keys and commands lists for popular Autodesk products.

 

3D Design Software FAQs

What is the best software for 3D design?

The Autodesk product range features 3D design software packages tailored for many industries and sectors including architecure, construction, product design as well as 3D design apps. Free trials are avilable followed by subscriptions and flexible use packages.

What is 3D printing software?

3D printing software allows you to make 3D prints of your on-screen ideas by turning your on-screen idea into data a 3D printer can understand. Autodesk Fusion 360 3D print software lets you harness the power of your imagination and make your ideas a reality.

Which software is best for 3D printing?

Within the Autodesk 3D design portfoliio, check out Fusion 360, Nettfab and TinkerCAD software packages for your 3d printing needs.

Which software is best for 3D modelling?

There are several benefits to using 3D printing software for manufacturing. It decentralizes manufacturing so organisations can make parts on site without the need to order them in which also reduces transportation and shipping costs. Another significant advantage is the uptick in prototyping speed, with 3D printing allowing parts to be altered and improved seamlessly.

Why use 3D printing software?

There are several benefits to using 3D printing software for manufacturing. It decentralizes manufacturing so organisations can make parts on site without the need to order them in which also reduces transportation and shipping costs. Another significant advantage is the uptick in prototyping speed, with 3D printing allowing parts to be altered and improved seamlessly.

Can 3D design software be used to create photorealistic visuals?

Yes, by applying textures, lighting effects and other real-world characteristics, you can create 3D designs that look life-like - ideal for product demonstrations and architectural showcases. 

What platforms are Autodesk's 3d design software solutions available on?

Our 3D software is compatible with a broad range of machines. AutoCAD and Fusion can be used on Windows and Mac OS machines, while web versions offer access via a simple browser.

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