K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package. K-3D uses OpenGL for graphics hardware acceleration.
Blender 2.47 has been released and is essentially a bugfix release. Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.
You can download Blender here: Get Blender 2.47
The Khronos Group announced the release of a new COLLADA specification, which includes new features and expanded functionality designed to further broaden the applicability of the 3D digital asset standard.
COLLADA defines an XML-based schema to make it easy to transport 3D assets between applications – enabling diverse 3D authoring and content processing tools be combined into a production pipeline. The intermediate language provides comprehensive encoding of visual scenes including: geometry, shaders and effects, physics, animation, kinematics, and even multiple version representations of the same asset.COLLADA FX enables leading 3D authoring tools to work effectively together to create shader and effects applications and assets to be authored and packaged using OpenGL Shading Language, Cg, CgFX, and DirectX FX.
World Machine 2 is a complete terrain generation solution for artists, game developers, visual effects studios and other visualization professionals.
Download the Basic Edition (free) HERE.
trueSpace 7.6 is now available for free. trueSpace7.6 is a fully-featured 3D authoring package that will let you model, texture, light, animate and render 3D content. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces, and for Virtual Earth.
Read more HERE.
Thanks to shadow for the news.
faogen is a fast ambient occlusion generator. Use your video card GPU to compute ambient occlusion really fast. Support both texture and per-vertex calculation. Input scene can loaded from Wavefront OBJ or LightWave 3D object (*.LWO) files (future versions will allow to use more file formats).
Faogen itself uses hardware shadow mapping, floating-point render targets and OpenGL Shading Language to compute ambient occlusion data. This process is much faster than any CPU-based approach.
Try the version 2.0 HERE.
Moi (Moment of Inspiration) version 2.0 beta, a new 3D modeling software for designers and CG artists has been released. MoI’s sleek intuitive UI blends a fluid easy workflow with powerful tools, making it the perfect choice for someone who has been frustrated with the complexity of existing tools. MoI is also a fantastic complementary 3d tool for a polygon-based artist since its CAD toolset and advanced boolean functions enable extremely rapid creation of mechanical or man-made type hard surface 3d models. The icing on the cake is MoI’s unique polygon mesh export that generates exceptionally clean and crisp N-Gon polygon meshes from NURBS 3d models.
MoI homepage: http://moi3d.com
Do you think you have 3D modeling skills? 3DVIA is proud to announce its first 3DVIA Challenge - a special bi-monthly contest to prove which of our users has the best 3D modeling skills.
Every other week (or so), we’ll announce a new 3DVIA challenge asking you to submit your best work based upon a set list of guidelines. Each challenge will be different and will have you testing your 3D modeling skills against thousands of other modelers. For our first challenge, we start with a very popular content type on the site…military vehicles under the theme of ” The Military Might”.