May 2, 2024 Yen Lily

Best tools for sculpting in 3D

3D sculpting is a way to bring characters, monster or any organic shapes to life. You can treat it as a real-ife model made out of clay, and can push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch it to create its final form as your will. In this article, let’s find out some best tools for sculpting in 3D.

Some best tools for 3D sculpting in 3D


Mudbox is the 3D sculpting software which was created by Skymatter and later developed by Autodesk. You can consider it as a great extension of the other tools in your pipeline, and mostly within Autodesk applications pipeline (such as 3ds Max, Maya). It can create 3D models only.

        • Price: 10USD/month or 80USD/year


ZBrush is also a software for sculpting. It’s originally created by Pixologic, and now is developed by Maxon. It’s very powerful for modeling and texturing. You can use it seamlessly with many 3D applications like Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini, etc.

Unlike Mudbox, ZBrush enables you to sculpt on 2.5D and 3D models. If you work in a project which does not require an entire 3D look of the model, but only a single-dimension look, this is where you can use ZBrush to create 2.5D objects. It’s more convenient and will have lower mesh and size.

        • Price: 795USD


Along with ZBrush, Pixologic also developed Sculptris. It’s totally free and is the best choice for anyone who doesn’t have many experience. The interface is user-friendly, the features are basic and easy to learn, yet robust enough for creating detailed base models.

What’s great about Sculptris is that it’s like a basic ground for ZBrush. The skills you have learned in Sculptris can be furtherly upgraded by using ZBrush. You can import files to ZBrush and start to modify there.

The only downside of Sculptris is the lack of functionality. But you always have ZBrush to level up yourself when you have learned enough from Sculptris.

        • Price: Free


Meshmixer is developed by Autodesk just like Mudbox, but more basic and user-friendly. That’s why it’s recommended for beginners or anyone who want to start diving into 3D sculpting.

Its advantage is that it is combined with dynamic remeshing infrastructure, it is possible to create extremely detailed surfaces with much lower polycounts. The downside is like Sculptris – if you want a more functionable tools for your higher level, you will not be satisfied with Meshmixer.

        • Price: free

How to work with these tools at iRender

This article helps you to find some of the best tools for sculpting in 3D. There are more than that, but the software above are among the most popular. Some other software like Blender, Cinema 4D, Maya also have sculpting feature, but of course they are not optimized like a software which mainly focus on sculpting.

As you may know, iRender provide to you high performance and configurable server system for 3D rendering, AI Training, VR & AR, simulation, etc. With our server, you can install any software you need, add your license, and do whatever you like with your project. These tools above are no exception.

Most tools for sculpting in 3D are not really computationally expensive. Understanding that, we have released a package compatible with them which is single RTX4090.

If you use these tools with other software or render engine for a 3D pipeline, you can always install them on the machine, then use other packages like 2/4/6/8 x RTX 3090/4090s.

Moreover, iRender has many more to offer.

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iRender offers a powerful and free file transfer tool: iRender drive for macOS or Linux user. With fast file transfer speed, large data capacity, and completely free. You can transfer all the necessary data into our iRender drive tool at any time without connecting to the server. The data will be automatically synchronized in the Z drive inside the server, ready for you to use.

For Windows users, we recommend using our all-in-one application iRender GPU to work, and you don’t need to come to our website but still can transfer your data, recharge your account and access the machine through the app.

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Yen Lily

Hi everyone. Being a Customer Support from iRender, I always hope to share and learn new things with 3D artists, data scientists from all over the world.


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