Getting graphical work done can be time-consuming and costly. Luckily, we don't have to rely on expensive 3D artists to get the job done because there are a wide range of open source 3D modeling software available. Plus, let’s not reinvent (or redesign) the wheel again: there are many website that offer ready-to-use 3D models for free.
Did you know you can turn 2D images into 3D models automatically? Read further to learn how!
Sketchfab - millions of 3D models ready-to-use
This one is actually a cheat: because Sketchfab does not help you to create 3D models, but it has millions of 3D models you can use, often for free. With its user-friendly interface, you can quickly search for models that can be exported to various formats. Plus, its online viewer means that you can share your creations with others. These models can be seen on the computer, phone or via the Wintor Manager.
If you have Wintor and you are looking for a way to enrich your scenes with 3D models, log in to the Wintor Manager, go to media, then click add and select Sketchfab. You will be asked to log in, so make sure to have a Sketchfab account too!
TIP: make sure that your model has around 10K vertices maximum if you are planning to use a 3D model in AR. That way, the model can be quickly loaded. More vertices could work, but might be slower to load on older devices.
Vectary - create simple 3D models via the browser
Vectary is a great tool for anyone looking to create their own 3D models easily. It is an online 3D design platform that enables users to create and share their work with others. Vectary offers a wide range of features and tools that make it easy to create high-quality 3D models, including:
-A wide variety of model templates: Users can choose from a library of model templates to get started quickly and easily.
-A user-friendly interface: The intuitive interface makes it easy to find the tools you need and get started creating your own 3D models.
-A community of creators: Vectary offers a community of creators who can help you learn new techniques and get feedback on your work.
-Export to a variety of formats: Vectary models can be exported to a variety of popular 3D file formats for use in other software programs.
Export in .GLB if you want the easiest way to get your 3D models into Wintor.
LUMA AI - create 3D models from real objects with your phone
LUMA AI is a powerful tool that allows you to create 3D models from real objects using your phone. It's simple to use and provides amazing results. This type of 3D modeling is called Photogrammetry.
The steps are as follows: get your object in good lighting conditions. Start a new scan and follow the steps in the app. A couple hours later, after some server-side rendering, you will receive a 3D model. This can be exported into multiple formats.
At the moment of writing you need to be part of the beta in order to get the app on your iPhone. Oh yeah, it’s iPhone only btw!
If you're looking for the easiest way to create your own 3D models, look no further than Kaedim3d. With this online tool, you can create 3D models out of 2D images.
It's easy to get started with Kaedim3d – simply select an image with the subject cut out. That means that if you want a 3D model from a building, make sure to first delete the buildings and objects around it. Then upload it to the software and wait for approximately 20 minutes.
Kaedim3D offers you multiple versions of a 3D model. So if you are not happy, just create a 3D model again.
And try sketches too! The software can turn that into 3D as well. Simply amazing. However, the software is costly…
Blender - an advanced free 3D modeling program
Blender is a powerful, free 3D modeling program that can be used to create amazing 3D models easily. With Blender, you can create complex models with ease, using a variety of tools and features. However you do need to have some skills for this. Especially if you want to export to augmented reality.
Blender has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to use, even for beginners. The software includes a wide range of tools and features, including:
-A node-based material editor that makes it easy to create complex materials and textures.
-A powerful UV unwrapping tool that makes it easy to create accurate UV maps.
-A built-in animation system that makes it easy to animate your models.
-A particle system that lets you add realistic effects to your models.
If you want to start using Blender, make sure to get an online course. In about three months you will definitely be able to create advanced 3D models.
There you have it — five amazing tools that you can use to create your own 3D models easily. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, these tools will help you create stunning 3D models that will impress your friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Get started today and see what you can create!
If you want to place the 3D models into your physical space using AR: try Wintor!