The 25 Best 3D Rendering Software


Thea Render

A state-of-the-art Biased, Unbiased and GPU renderer with a rich set of innovative features, a powerful material system and its own advanced studio, all-in-one.
Developer: Solid Iris Technologies
Standalone: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Plug-ins: 3dsMax, Blender, Cinema 4D, Rhino, SketchUp
License: Commercial software



The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, Free Software tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.
Developer: The POV-Team
Standalone: Cross-platform
License: Free and open-source


FluidRay RT

The only real-time renderer providing the quality and features of high-end production renderers. With great speed and at a fraction of the price.
Developer: Fluid Interactive
Standalone: Windows 32bit/64bit and Mac OSX 64bit
Plug-ins: Sketchup, Rhino and Shade
License: Commercial software



Incredibly fast real-time GPU production quality UNBIASED and BIASED final frame renderer. FurryBall was specially created for purposes of CGI animated movies.
Developer: AAA studio
Standalone: 64 bit – Windows Vista and later
Plug-ins: Maya, 3DS Max and Cinema 4D
License: Trialware



Bunkspeed SHOT™, MOVE™ and PRO™ are the world’s first consistent, physically correct, hybrid, real-time creative 3D rendering solutions that harness the power of the GPU.
Developer: Dassault Systèmes
Standalone: 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8)
License: Commercial software


FELIX Render

FELIX is the only cloud based rendering solution for architects and designers.
Developer: Stack! Studios
Standalone: winxp, vista, seven
Plug-ins: Rhinoceros, Autocad
License: Commercial software



A free stand-alone, physically-accurate state-of-an-art renderer. Its engine is based on unbiased methods.
Developers: EVERMOTION
Standalone: Microsoft Windows
License: Free and open-source


Guerilla Render

A production renderer for the animation and the VFX industries. It is developed in production, for productions.
Developer: Mercenaries Engineering
Standalone: Windows 64/Linux x64
License: Free for one license



A 3D rendering application developed especially for architects and designers, ideal for quickly and easily creating high resolution renderings and animations.
Developer: Abvent
Standalone: Windows and Mac OS
Plug-ins: Vectorworks, Revit, Rhinoceros, SketchUp, ArchiCAD
License: Commercial software



A hybrid-accelerated and physically-based production render engine. It inherits all our expertise in light simulation and makes it run on steroids, thanks to our very unique massively parallel GPU+CPU approach.
Developer: RandomControl
Standalone: Windows, Mac OSX and Linux
Plug-ins: 3ds Max and Rhinoceros
License: Commercial software



An advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer built for the demands of feature-length animation and visual effects.
Developer: Solid Angle
Standalone: Linux, Windows and Mac OS X
Plug-ins: Maya, Softimage, Houdini, Cinema 4D and Katana
License: Proprietary commercial software

District 9 3Delight render


Compliant rendering software that offers programmable shading and lighting using the standard RenderMan shading language.
Developer: DNA Research
Standalone: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
Plug-ins: Maya and Softimage
Licence: Proprietary



Redshift is a GPU-accelerated biased renderer offering the ultimate in flexibility and control at incredible speeds.
Developer: Redshift Rendering Technologies, Inc.
Standalone: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (64-bit only)
Plug-ins: Maya, Softimage
License: Proprietary commercial software

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