The manufacturing vertical works on a complex 3D design that is needed at the workstation, so 3D animated technology simplifies complexities associated with the operations and the vendors deliver hardware-enhanced 3D animated graphics to perform mechanical operations. The 3D animation technology is used by a broad set of manufacturing verticals, such as consumer goods manufacturing, automotive, metal, and plastic manufacturing. These technologies in the manufacturing vertical are driven by modeling tools. Earlier, most of the manufacturers relied upon 2D drawing; however, the 3D modeling trend expanded from aeronautical business to automotive and medical machineries. 3D modeling tools have become the mean to communicate manufacturing information and product specification. Similarly, 3D simulation provides a cost-effective and risk-free way for testing process and to re-design the existing production line. It can accurately make objective analysis to reduce the risk of poor decision-making. 3D simulations simplify the understanding of production systems, equipment, and processes implemented in the manufacturing and engineering departments by using software, such as AutoCAD.


The 3D animation software in the manufacturing Vendor DIVE provides information about the major players that offer 3D animation products, and outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within our criteria. The vendor evaluations are based on two broad categories — Product Offering and Business Strategy. Each category carries various criteria, based on which the vendors will be evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under product offering include breadth of offering, delivery (based on industries that the vendors cater to, deployment models, and subscriptions) and support (based on pre- and post-sales support services). The evaluation criteria considered under business strategy include reach (on the basis of geographic presence), industry coverage (on the basis of end-users that the vendors cater to) and inorganic growth (on the basis of partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions).


Visionary Leaders have a strong portfolio of 3D animation services, solutions, and associated services. These vendors have been marking their presence in the 3D animation market by offering highly customized and easily deployable software for their commercial clients, coupled with their robust business strategy to achieve continued growth in the market.


Innovators have a varied portfolio of 3D animation services and strong potential to build strong business strategies for their business growth. These vendors have been providing 3D animation offerings as per their customer demands. Innovators have been at the forefront in deploying their solutions for niche and custom requests by their clients requiring processing of high-performance workloads.


Trimble Navigation, ESRI and NVIDIA Corporation, are recognized as Dynamic players in the 3D animation market in manufacturing. They have an innovative portfolio of 3D animation solutions and services and have an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their services across various vertical markets. Over the years, the Dynamic vendors have been consistently generating positive revenue growth in the 3D animation software market and their market position is enhanced by organic and inorganic strategies undertaken by them over the period.


Cheetah 3D, Reallusion and Otoy are recognized as Emerging players in the 3D animation software market in manufacturing. The emerging players are specialized in offering highly niche and tailor-made solutions and services to their clients. A majority of the emerging vendors have been undertaking multiple acquisitions and boosting their sales capabilities in various regions to offer their integrated services to a wide range of clients.

Last updated on: Dec 7, 2019

3D Animation Software

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    Esri ArcGIS Pro is an influential, single desktop GIS application. ArcGIS Pro supports data visualization, advanced analysis and authoritative data maintenance in both 2D and 3D. ArcGIS Pro is firmly joined with the ArcGIS platform that supports data sharing across ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise through Web GIS.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, US
    • Founded: 1969
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 1,001 to 5,000
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    NVIDIA IRAY is a user friendly technology that generates photorealistic imagery by that simulates the physical behaviour of light and materials. NVIDIA Iray has highly analytical approach, combined with its scalability, delivers outstanding performance on NVIDIA GPUs for constant feedback and rapid results. This slash the time needed to perfect scenes and delivers images matching photographs. NVIDIA Iray is primarily for product, building and lighting designers, and digital photographers who work with 3D content, requiring predictable photorealistic imagery.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1993
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 501 to 1,000
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    SketchUp is identical with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software. It starts by drawing lines and shapes and push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. It can also stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything. It is a 3D modeling computer software that offers broad range of design applications.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1978
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
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    Reallusion Inc. is a provider of 2D and 3D animation software as well as a developer of content. It specializes in the creation of virtual production, real-time cinematic animation, and motion capture solutions that expand the capabilities of professional 3D animation technologies. Reallusion provides clients with facial and body mocap, pro character animation, and voice lipsync solutions with applications in real-time filmmaking and previsualization & production. Reallusion's solutions help several prominent educators, trainers, filmmakers, and game developers in their daily work

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    • Enterprise
    • California, US
    • Founded: 2000
    • 101 to 500
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    OTOY Inc. is a cloud graphics company, which provides innovative technologies for content creation. OTOY’s Academy Award®-winning technology is used by major visual effects studios, animators, artists, designers, architects, and engineers, providing extraordinary creative freedom, new levels of practicality, and new economics in content creation and delivery powered by the cloud.

    OctaneRender® is a fast, unbiased, spectrally correct GPU render engine, delivering quality and speed unrivaled by any production renderer on the market.

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    • Startup
    • Los Angeles, California, US
    • Founded: 2008
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
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    Cheetah3D provides a powerful and easy tool to learn 3D modeling, rendering and animation software which was developed especially for Mac. It can create 3D artwork for iPhone game and also make first animated character. The user can create full set of polygon, subdivision surface and spline modeling tools. Cheetah3D makes modeling in 3D a breeze for new and experienced users alike.

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    • SME
    • Chicago, Illinois, US
    • Founded: 1998
    • 1,001 to 5,000

3D Animation Software in Manufacturing Quadrant

Comparing 37 vendors in 3D Animation Software across 145 criteria.

Find the best 3D Animation Software solution for your business, using ratings and reviews from buyers, analysts, vendors and industry experts


Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing 3D Animation Software tools.
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Software Features
      • 3dModelling
      • Sculpting
      • 3d animation
      • Simulation
      • 3d Rendering
      • Motion Graphics
      • Dynamics and Effects
      • Pipeline Integration
      • Digital Painting
      • Texturing
      • Shading
      • Rigging
      • Other Software features offered
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Software/Solutions offered
    • Software
      • 3D Animation
      • 3D Rendering
      • 3D Modeling
      • Other Softwares
    • Services offered
      • Integration & Deployment
      • Education & Training
      • Support & Maintenance
      • Consulting Services
      • Others, please specify- 3D Animation software Services
  • Delivery
    • Mode of Delivery
      • Subscription / Licensing
      • Per User / Device Basis
    • End-Users
      • Animator
      • Compositor
      • Modeler
      • VFX Artists
      • Game Designer
      • Special Effects Animator
      • Lighting Technical Director
      • Digital Painter
    • Deployment Mode
      • On-Premise
    • Delivery of Software and Services
      • Directly
      • Through Partners / Third-Party Vendors
  • System Requirement
    • Number of Supported Platforms/OS
      • Windows
      • Mac OS X
      • Linux
      • Others(AmigaOS, AROS, MorpOS, FreeBSD, Android)
  • Support and Services
    • Level of Support
    • Customer Redressal Mechanism/Program
    • Pre-Sales Support
      • Proof of Concept
      • Product Demos
    • Medium of Delivery of Support Services
      • Remote Support


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#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“More 3D tools"

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Adobe creates product mockups, brand visualisations, packaging designs and more with 3D tools
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Internal Analyst, MnM
#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“Enables photorealistic renderings"

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Adobe systems offers its products and services under three core segments: digital media, digital marketing, and print & publishing, whereas Autodesk software includes 3DS Max, MAYA, Revit, Autodesk rendering, and VRED and AutoDeSys allows you to create photorealistic renderings based on the LightWorks rendering engine.
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Internal Analyst, MnM
#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“Brand visualization"

Adobe offers Adobe Dimension and helps create product mockups, brand visualisations, packaging designs and more with 3D animation software tool.
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#7 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Consistent results"

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NIVIDIA refines its image until completion, providing consistent results from interactive editing to final frame
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Internal Analyst, MnM
#6 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“ User-friendly"

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Corel is consistently offering business efficiency, graphics, and operating systems solutions and is committed for delivering competitive technology with user friendly products.

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