3D rendering engines

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3D rendering engines


Here is a list of 3D rendering engines to create awesome graphics.
  • Some are free, while others are paid software (offering a a limited trial period).
  • Some of the rendering engines are capable of importing various 3D formats or integrate them directly into modelers.

Free/Open Source

Here's our selection of free or open source softwares:

RenderMan

Pixar studios is now offering a non commercial version of RenderMan for free. RenderMan is the famous rendering software Pixar has been using since the 80s for its creation. This is a 3D rendering engine that allows you yo create photorealistic results.
The software is not necessarily easy to handle as it was primarily designed for professionals. A discussion forum is available for RenderMan users:

Blender


Yafaray


Lux Render


Sunflow


Kerkythea


Aqsis


Winos


Commercial software - Free trial version

Here's our selection of paid software, offering a free trial period!

Indigo


3Delight

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