3D Software

The market for 3D Software contains a crowded field of sophisticated tools.
Choice of software will depend on the users ability to learn, budget and requirements for end results.
Int the case of 3D Printing many of the programs offering animation capabilities will of course be of little use.

3D Applications/File extensions
    •    3DMF – QuickDraw 3D Metafile (.3dmf)
    •    3DM –  Rhinoceros 3D (.3dm)
    •    3DS – Legacy 3D Studio Model (.3ds)
    •    AC – AC3D Model (.ac)
    •    AN8 – Anim8or Model (.an8)
    •    AOI – Art of Illusion Model (.aoi)
    •    B3D – Blitz3D Model (.b3d)
    •    BLEND – Blender (.blend)
    •    BLOCK – Blender encrypted blend files (.block)
    •    C4D – Cinema 4D (.c4d)
    •    Cal3D – Cal3D (.cal3d)
    •    CFL – Compressed File Library (.cfl)
    •    COB – Caligari Object (.cob)
    •    CORE3D – Coreona 3D Coreona 3D Virtual File(.core3d)
    •    CTM – OpenCTM (.ctm)
    •    DAE – COLLADA (.dae)
    •    DPM – deepMesh (.dpm)
    •    DTS – Torque Game Engine (.dts)
    •    EGG – Panda3D Engine
    •    FACT – Electric Image (.fac)
    •    FBX – Autodesk FBX (.fbx)
    •    G – BRL-CAD geometry (.g)
    •    GLM – Ghoul Mesh (.glm)
    •    JAS – Cheetah 3D file (.jas)
    •    LWO – Lightwave Object (.lwo)
    •    LWS – Lightwave Scene (.lws)
    •    LXO – Luxology Modo (software) file (.lxo)
    •    MA – Autodesk Maya ASCII File (.ma)
    •    MAX – Autodesk 3D Studio Max file (.max)
    •    MB – Autodesk Maya Binary File (.mb)
    •    MD2 – Quake 2 model format (.md2)
    •    MD3 – Quake 3 model format (.md3)
    •    MDX – Blizzard Entertainment's own model format (.mdx)
    •    MESH – Meshwork Model (.mesh)
    •    MI – Mental Ray (.mi)
    •    MM3D – Misfit Model 3d (.mm3d)
    •    MUD – Poser (.ps2, .ps3, .pp2)
    •    NIF – Gamebryo NetImmerse File (.nif)
    •    OBJ – Wavefront 3D file (.obj)
    •    OBP – Bryce (.obp)
    •    OFF – OFF Object file format (.off)
    •    PLY – Polygon File Format / Stanford Triangle Format (.ply)
    •    POV – POV-Ray document (.pov)
    •    PP2 – Poser (.ps2, .ps3, .pp2)
    •    PVT – Revitt Design (.rvt, .rfa, .rte)
    •    RWX – RenderWare Object (.rwx)
    •    S3D – Strata 3D (.s3d)
    •    SIA – Nevercenter Silo Object (.sia)
    •    SIB – Nevercenter Silo Object (.sib)
    •    SKP – Google Sketchup file (.skp)
    •    SLDASM – SolidWorks Assembly Document (.sldasm)
    •    SLDPRT – SolidWorks Part Document (.sldprt)
    •    SMD – Valve Studiomdl Data format. (.smd)
    •    STL – Stereo Lithographic used by 3D printing(.stl)
    •    U3D – Universal 3D file format (.u3d)
    •    VIM - Revizto visual information model format (.vimproj)
    •    VRML97 - VRML Virtual reality modeling language (.wrl)
    •    VUE – Vue scene file (.vue)
    •    WINGS – Wings3D (.wings)
    •    W3D – Wes twood 3D Model (.w3d)
    •    X – DirectX 3D Model (.x)
    •    X3D – Extensible 3D (.x3d)
    •    XSI – Softimage (.xsi)
    •    Z3D – Zmodeler (.z3d)
    •    ZTL – ZBrush (.ztl)