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Convert your 2D photos to stereographic 3D for free!

Remember those old 3D movies like Jaws 3D? Want to make some of your pictures into 3D in the same manner? 3D Pic Converter is the answer and it’s supremely easy to use. Best of all, as always, it costs nothing! There’s been a rather large influx of 3D tech in the news and in

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Design floor plans for free with Planner 5D

Have you ever wanted to design your own home from the floor plan up, or do you just enjoy fiddling with 3D applications? If so then Planner 5D, which allows you to do these things and costs nothing to use, is a great addition to your free software library. Planner 5D is one of the best

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Explore the human body for free with ‘The BioDigital Human’

Are you a student or a fan of biology and the human body? The BioDigital Human is a great free resource that can provide education and fun by giving you a new way to look at and learn about the human body in general and even specific systems. The BioDigital Human. Sounds like a modern

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‘Rigs of Rods’ is a FREE vehicle simulator with accurate physics and sweet crashes

Have you ever wanted to see what it would look like if you crashed your car into a telephone pole? Are you a student of physics, either professional or amateur? If you said yes to either of these questions, you may want to check out Rigs of Rods, a project that is part simulator, part

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Design and create with nanoCAD, a totally free CAD solution

nanoCAD is a free, full-featured 3D CAD solution for all your CAD needs. Designed to replace the big name retail CAD programs, it stands out among free CAD programs as one of the best. CAD programs are some of my favorites to mess around with, without actually producing anything useful from them necessarily. I’ve always

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Create and share 3D objects in your browser with 3DTin

3DTin is a great way to create 3D objects for both beginners and more intermediate designers. It features some very helpful video tutorials along with many pre-made examples, and a community of experienced users to help you get started right away. 3DTIn is a great little tool for creating, editing and managing 3D models. There

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Panda3D is a total animation solution for programmers and game designers

Panda3D is a free, open-sourced animation solution that can be used to create games, animated films or shorts and other things to bring your imagination to life. It has been used by famous game companies as well as even some tech savvy high school students, and is one of the best programs/engines of its type.

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Convert 2D images into 3D objects with ‘AutoDesk 123D Catch’

If you’ve ever wanted to model an actual physical object in 3D then this software may be extremely useful to you. AutoDesk 123D Catch is free software that can process a group of photographs taken of an object, digitally model it in 3D, and then export the result as a 3D object (in DWX, FBX,

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Learn programming with 3D video producer ‘Alice 3’

Somewhat along the same vein as Kodu, which we wrote about earlier this month, Alice is a free teaching tool to explore object-oriented programming in a 3D environment. You can use Alice, developed by Carnegie Mellon, to create short videos or 3D games. It is an enticing tool that softens the blow of diving into

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Make designs for 3D printing with netfabb Studio Basic

3D printing is most likely the next revolution in computers and many other industries. It allows you to create objects on demand to whatever dimension you need, using specialized ‘3D printers’. Entire industries can benefit from the capability, whether you are a designer interested in producing tangible prototypes quickly and inexpensively or a manufacturer interested

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Create 3D games without coding with Kodu Game Labs

Kodu Game Labs from Microsoft is a powerful, free game creation engine for children and adults alike. Originally designed for the easy creation of 3D games on the Xbox using only a game controller, games can be constructed by combining visual elements together to construct the game environment and logic. Kodu does this by provding

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MachStudio Pro 2: realtime 3D graphics rendering, now 100% free

MachStudio Pro 2 is a powerful 3D visualization package that had hitherto cost $4000 but recently been released to the public absolutely free. Excellent news for anyone interested in architectural 3D graphics rendering or 3D animation. This software emphasizes real-time graphics processing that leverage the horsepower of powerful graphics GPU’s (a 1 GB DirectX 11