3D Animation Software [Industrial] for Mechanical Engineers [PDF]

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There are many CAD softwares for Beginners which I had already discussed in the last session. But do you know about the Animation softwares in Engineering? In this article, we are going to learn 3D Industrial Animation Software for Mechanical Engineers.

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3D Animation Softwares for Mechanical Engineers:

I will list 11 Industrial Animation Softwares below whose explanation was presented in detailed.

  1. Blender
  2. Maya
  3. CATIA
  4. Solidworks
  5. 3DS MAX
  6. Keyshot
  7. Brush
  8. Wings 3D
  9. Grasshopper
  10. Arduino
  11. Spaceclaim

Lets explaim them in detail...


Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software used for creating animated films, art,3D printed models, interactive 3D applications, visual effects, and video games.

Blender Aimation software
By Banlu Kemiyatorn, Blender real-time shadow

Features of Blender:

The Blender’s features include

  • 3D modeling
  • UV unwrapping
  • Texturing
  • particle simulation
  • soft body simulation
  • sculpting
  • animating
  • raster graphics editing
  • fluid and smoke simulation
  • match moving
  • camera tracking
  • rendering
  • rigging and skinning
  • video editing and compositing.

Alongside the modeling features, it also has an integrated game engine.

Supported Platforms for Blender Software:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

This is the explanation of Blender Software. Now, let's move to another Industrial Animation software.


  • Maya, also known as Autodesk Maya.
  • It is an animation and modeling program used to create 3D (three-dimensional) full-motion effects.
  • Maya incorporates the natural laws of physics to control the behavior of virtual objects in computer animation.
  • It can produce videos that are more life-like than has been possible with less sophisticated programs.

Supported Platforms for Maya Software:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

This is the explanation of Maya Industrial Animation Software.


Analysis of a component in catia software
By Kadowiec, Simple part in Genaritive Structural Analysis

CATIA is CAD/CAE/CAM software from Dassault Systèms for Sketching,3D modeling, Assembly, texturing, animation and rendering.

CATIA delivers the unique ability not only to model any product but to do so in the context of its real-life behavior: design in the age of experience.

Systems architects, engineers, designers, and all contributors can define, imagine, and shape the connected world.

CATIA is also effective in Analyzing any component under the application of external forces in any discipline like thermal Analysis, Structural Analysis, etc.

CATIA Software is highly used in Aerospace Applications like modeling and analyzing the components of Aircraft where accuracy was given a high priority.

4. Solidworks:

It is easy to use, powerful 3D CAD design capabilities software for intuitive product development solutions.

Quickly create, validate, communicate, and manage the product development process.

Get your products to market faster, reduce manufacturing costs, and improve product quality and reliability for product applications across a wide range of industries by the use of Solidworks Software.

5. 3DS MAX:

  • It’s packed with brand-new, user-requested features and enhancements for entertainment and design professionals.
  • The 3ds Max® features include
  • 3D modeling
  • Animation and rendering software that can Customize, collaborate, and create 3D content quickly with 3ds Max® 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software.

Autodesk Features:

  • Open Subdiv support
  • A360 rendering support
  • AutoCAD and Revit interoperability
  • Mesh and surface modeling
  • Polygon, spline, and NURBS-based modeling
  • Integrated rendering options

 Cost of 3DS MAX: 

FREE trial available

  • Monthly: $185
  • 1-year: $1,470
  • 2-year: $2,940

This is the explanation of 3DS MAX software in detailed.

6. Keyshot:

KeyShot is one of the Industrial Animation software for Mechanical Engineers where everything that you need to create fast, accurate and amazing visuals.

Featuring a real-time 3D rendering workflow.

You can see the results instantly and reduce time.

It takes time to create the perfect shot.

7. Brush:

ZBrush is the industrial design software tool that features ArrayMesh, NanoMesh, and Modeler with Mesh, which are useful throughout the creative process.

Key Features:

  • Bring more complexity and detail to your designs with a low polygon count
  • NanoMesh and ArrayMesh allow for multiple instances of any object to be created and then adjusted in just seconds

Cost of ZBrush:

  • Single User License: $795 digital download
  • Volume License: $795 each, with five-seat minimum on all volume license orders
  • Floating License: Contact for a quote

This is the explanation of 3D industrial Animation Software ZBrush.

8. Wings 3D:

  • Wings 3D, is one of the Industrial Animation software for Mechanical Engineers, an advanced subdivision modeler, which is an industrial design software tool that is powerful and yet easy to use.
  • Wings 3D has been under development since 2001 and offers a variety of modeling tools.
  • Wings 3D is an open-source and free tool for use in personal as well as in commercial projects.

Key Features:

  • Customizable interface
  • Support for lights and materials
  • Built-in AutoUV mapping facility

Cost of Wings 3D software: 

  • FREE of cost.

9. Grasshopper:

Grasshopper is an industrial design software tool for designers who need to explore new shapes using generative algorithms.

Grasshopper is tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3D modeling tools but requires no knowledge of programming or scripting.

Key Features:

  • Graphical algorithm editor
  • Perfect for quick industrial design ideation

Cost of Grasshopper Software: 

  • FREE of cost.

10. Arduino:

arduino industrial animation software
By Rmurhutta, Back View Arduino Robot
  • Arduino is useful industrial design software for designers who want to develop interactive projects and play with their ideas.
  • This open-source electronics prototyping platform is based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software and has “been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments.”
  • Arduino now is used in IoT applications, 3D printing, wearables, and embedded environments.

Key Features of Arduino software:

  • Easy to use for beginners but flexible enough for advanced users
  • Runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Build interactive prototypes


  • Free of Cost

11. Spaceclaim:

  • It is one of the Industrial Animation software for Mechanical Engineers which is a fast and innovative 3D modeling software solution.
  • SpaceClaim is a simple and flexible design tool and is Better suited for those new to industrial design.
  • Space Claim seeks to help users “imagine, design, make, and realize your ideas, faster with SpaceClaim

Key Features:

  • Full part and assembly modeling
  • Open/edit files from neutral and native CAD systems
  • Detailed drawings including full 2D/3D GD&T
  • Photorealistic rendering capabilities with Keyshot


FREE trial available; Contact for a quote

This is the complete Explanation about 11 Best 3D Industrial Animation Softwares for Mechanical Engineers. If you have any doubts, feel free to ask from the comments section.

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About Mohammed SHAFI

Mohammed Shafi is the founder, managing editor, and primary author of Mechanical E-Notes. He is an Assistant Professor (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at the Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology. He has a 6 years of vast experience in design, research, and data analysis. Shafi has co-authored two journals 1. Dynamic and Fatigue Analysis on Tillage Equipment  2. Welding Procedure and Testing Analysis on Mixing and Nodulizing Drum.

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