3D Modelling Software

  1. SketchUp Make: http://www.sketchup.com/ (There is a Pro version for students for £39 – Reseller: http://www.elmtec.co.uk/sketchup/students/)
  2. Autodesk 3ds Max Design: http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/3ds-max-design (All Autodesk products are free of charge to students and educators. To download the software you will first need to create an account at the Autodesk Education Community: http://www.autodesk.com/education/home)

*Please note the system requirements

CPU 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
Graphics Hardware Refer to the Recommended Hardware wizard for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards (2GB or more is highly recommended)
RAM 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Disk Space 4.5 GB of free disk space for install
Pointing Device Three-button mouse

 

Other 3D Modelling Software that you may like to explore or incorporate into your workflow

VUE (Creating Nature and landscapes) – Pioneer Version Free (Link)

Poser (Creating and Animating Characters) – Link (student Licenses here)

Autodesk Mudbox (Digital Painting and Sculpting) – Free (Link)

City Engine (Building City Models) – Link

 

Tutorials & Other ReSources

www.lynda.com
Tutorials for SketchUp (Link)
Tutorials for 3ds Max (Link)

Youtube
Official SketchUp Channel (Link)
Master SketchUp (Link)
Official 3dsMax Channel (Link)
3ds MAx 2015 Tutorials (Link)
* There is an unlimited number of tutorials on Youtube – Search with the name of the software if you need more

3dm3 – 3dsMax Tutorials (Link)

3dbuzz – 3D Design Tutorials (Link)

The Ultimate collection of 3dsMax Tutorials (Link)

Designer Hacks – SKetcUp Tutorials (Link)

The SketchUp Essentials (Link)

 

Textures for creating materials – (Link)

 

FORUMS

Official Autodesk 3dsMax Forum (AREA): http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/3ds-max/ct-p/area-c1

Official SketchUp Forum: https://forums.sketchup.com

— There are many forums online where you can find the information you need. Just search…