Blender is a an open source free 3-D Graphics software. It can be used for 3D modelling, animation, texturing, water simulation, rendering, and a lot more. Blender is completely free, and works on all major OS, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, and lot more.
I was trying to find some free 3-D modelling software to write about, and I came across Blender. As I started reading about Blender, I was quite amazed by the breadth and depth of its features. I have had experience of working on many professional 3D modelling software in my school, and I knew how costly those software are. Looking at the features that Blender provides, I was quite amazed that Blender is totally free.
I have spent hours reading about Blender, and have realized that I cannot talk enough about Blender in this small article. It will be like trying to write about Windows in 500 words or less :) So, instead, I will focus this article on giving a very high level summary, and pointing you to resources that you can explore further.
Blender, in a nutshell, is a 3-D graphics software. Just to give you an idea about how poweful Blender is:
- Blender has been used in many commercial TV advertisements, many shows in History channel, and also for some pre-production work in Spiderman-2.
- Blender foundation has used Blender to develop short animation films, like, Elephants Dream, Big Buck Bunny, and Yo Frankie! Check out Big Buck Bunny below:
Despite being so powerful, Blender is extremely small in size; less than 100 MB! Apart from that, it does not uses lot of system resources if you just use it for simple modelling. This is really one of the smallest 3D modelling software I have ever come across.
If you want read about Blender in more details, I suggest you explore following resources:
- Wikipedia Page on Blender. I strongly advise that you start with this Wikipedia page, before even reading about Blender on its own website.
- Blender Website.
I absolutely love this amazing free 3D graphics software – I am sure you will like this too :)