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3D Rendering Software That You Probably Don't Know About


When it come to 3d rendering , your skill matters more than the software but still huge credit of a 3d Render can still be given to the rendering software and its developer. There are many 3d rendering software out there. Some are integrated into the 3d software like Blender and Maya and can work as an extension/plugin. Some are very popular, others, not so much. 

Today we will look some of the less known 3d rendering software that you probably don't know yet.

Before Starting , Please Note that I have no affiliation with the products stated below, It just my personel opinion. I do not get any commision for this purpose.


Realtime rendering is one of the important thing in some cases. Blender 3D for example have a dedicated real time renderer called EEVEE. But if you are looking at something that is more professional and polished then marmoset toolbag can be a very nice option for you. Its called a "toolbag" because its just not a 3D renderer. Its a "full-featured 3D real-time rendering, animation, and baking suite, providing artists a powerful and efficient workflow for all stages of production." according to the official website. If you want to compare it with Blender EEVEE. Here's a really good comaprision video I found on the youtube. 

You can download the marmoset toolbag from the link below.


Artlantis is geared towards architects. It is used for producing images, panoramas and VR for architectural visualization in very high quality. It is also faster that many alternatives. It have very carefully designed interface and learning curve is also simple so its very easy to use it. 
It also Provides a feature called 2D Views for camera positioning and easier workflow. It is a paid software but the if you are new to 3d visualization and architectural rendering that it can be a good investment as it will save a lot of time and effort.
You can check the prices here.


Kerkythea  uses physically accurate materials and lights according to their official website. It uses Photon mapping and Global illumination. Kerkythea is a freeware software. Other than being free it have exporters for SketchUp. So, you dont have to pay to use it. You have to fill a long form before you download it. Fun Fact:"Kerkythea " doesn't mean anything they just named it like this to have a unique name for their renderer. Though it is not a full featured suite like the toolbag . The company offers a 3D modelling software called Evolve. You can download the  Kerkythea  from here.


I know, I know.. you already know about it very well but hey, it is still one of the most underrated 3D softwares out there. I mean it is open source,  has physically-based global illumination,SSS,Volume Rendering and even Non-Photorealistic Rendering. And the best part is that it have a Blender 3D plugin . It also have  Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2017+ and Autodesk® Maya® 2018+ plugin. The most important thing is that 100% open source, MIT license.
You can download the software here.


All these renders have there own speciality. There are many others that I wanted to mention but they are not that well maintained as these above ones are. If you are looking for an alternative to popular renderers, I will suggest to try toolbag, It is really powerful. But if you are on budget and also if you want to use Open Source software then appleseed is the best option you have. It have a Blender plugin so I will encorage you to use it atleast once even if you are not on budget.

If you have some other renderer that you would like to be on this list you can tell me in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this post if you did then please tell me in comments. 

Thanks and have a Nice Day.😊


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