Simple 3D Design Software < $50

Posted on 2002-05-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
Hello Experts,
I'm looking for a good inexpensive 3D design program. I don't need (or want) somthing at the level of the professional CAD software. I just want a reccomendation on which program (like the ones made for designing homes) you think is the best for doing simple projects. These projects would include designing houses/rooms and basic landscapes. I'm looking for somthing that is easy to use, but gives me enough options so that i'm not just drawing cubes all over the place. A key feature that i'm looking for is a good 3D walkthrough view (so i can look at what i designed in 3D, and move through the environment). I've heard that many of these programs take several seconds to render each frame making smooth travel through the environment impossible. I remember having an old Mac (50MHz) and it had a version of software like this and it worked great, however I now have a PC, and i'm looking for a Windows version.

Note: It would be a REALLY BIG BONUS if this software could be obtained for less than $50 (or about that amount).
Question by:axia
  • 3
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 7020809
I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything that cheap with the features you want. Do you remember what software it was you had for Mac that worked well? Have you searched for suitable solutions?
LVL 15

Expert Comment

ID: 7020987

Here is an excellent download site .. lost of Free/Shareware..


LVL 15

Accepted Solution

lyonst earned 100 total points
ID: 7021010
I remember using this product in the past. It's about $99 however but I think it's probably worth a look.

TurboCAD V8 delivers a powerful and easy-to-use desktop CAD solution that's perfect for everyone who needs to create, edits or view CAD drawings. Comprehensive 2D power is seamlessly integrated with superior 3D surface modeling as over 250 tools are grouped logically for quick and easy access. Most importantly, TurboCAD supports industry standard CAD file formats and is totally Internet compatible, making it the ideal software package on its own or as a companion to your existing CAD software. 2D DRAFTING AND DESIGN -

Also some more download site's offering Free/Shareware products. and


LVL 15

Expert Comment

ID: 7031402
Any news ??

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Clipping Paths in InDesign 1 241
RGB code colors 8 108
How to create image similar to the attached photo? 10 118
What program can open a .sig file image? 6 50
Keep your audience engaged and get the most out of your next presentation with these quick Prezi tips.
Many programs have tried to outwit PowerPoint in terms of technology and skill. These programs, however, still lack several characteristics that PowerPoint has possessed from the start. Here's why PowerPoint replacements won't entirely work for desi…
Add visuals to your Prezi to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to embed images, edit them, and more in this video micro tutorial. Select "Insert" from the top menu in your Prezi editor: Select "Image": A toolbar will pop in from the right …
Learn the basics of inputting and editing your text components in Prezi. We will cover how to set styles, position, and group your text components. In your Prezi editor, click anywhere on the canvas to add text: A flashing cursor informs you that yo…

821 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question