My introduction to 3D Modeling was way back in the days of Swivel-3D™ in the early '90s. From there, it progressed to other applications such as Specular Infini-D, Strata 3D, Form-Z, Strata Studio Pro, Bryce and LightWave™ from NewTek. More recently, I have been using a low-cost alternative 3D application called Cheetah 3D. It's a surprisingly robust application that is affordable for any budget.

Although the tools may have changed over the years... the underlying principals of modeling, surfacing, lighting, animating and rendering a scene have not. The same understanding of each facet can easily translate to a new tool or a new User Interface.

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