Blender is a free, open-source tool for creating 3D designs, animations, visual effects, motion graphics, simulations, and models for 3D printing.

Is Blender Right for Me?

  • Blender has an expansive feature set supporting 3D modeling, sculpting, animating, fluid, smoke, and particle simulation, soft body simulation, motion graphics, and compositing.
  • Blender is completely free and available on all major operating systems.
  • Blender is not commonly used in professional environments. While skills and concepts learned in Blender can transfer to other software packages, you should consider a package like Maya if you are interested in an industry-standard tool.

How to Get Blender

Blender is available for download at Make sure to review the system requirements to learn if your computer’s hardware can support Blender.

Additional Resources:

  • Blender Guru is a popular source of tutorials among the Blender creator community.
  • Tutorial courses are available for free to Princeton faculty, staff, and students through LinkedIn Learning.