Developed by Dutch animation studio Neo Geo, Blender is free software. It is useful for animators and graphic designers for modeling three-dimensional objects, post-production, playback, and creating some interactive designs. 

Being a powerful software, Blender is also used in the media industry. Many publicly revealed 3D models of NASA were built using Blender.

The CGI and the special effects of the Russian-American Science Fiction movie Hardcore Henry were made by Blender. Blender was used in creating the promotional artwork for Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS. 

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The software includes many modes for interacting with the objects, the main modes being Object Mode and the Edit Mode which can be used for manipulation of the individual and actual object data respectively. 

Features of Blender 

Modeling

A variety of geometric primitives such as polygon meshes, metaballs, icosphere, NURBS surface, Bezier curves, and an n-gon modeling system called B-mesh are supported by this software. The nondestructive effects are applied with the help of modifiers. The software also includes multi-res digital sculpting.

Simulation

Real-life effects such as smoke, rain, dust, clouds, haze can be simulated with the help of this software. Simulations like the water hitting any surface can be simulated by the Lattice-Boltzmann methods for liquid simulation. The newer versions of this software added a new fluid simulation called the mantaflow, which replaced the old one. 

Animation

Within a full 3D pipeline, a 2D animation can be made with help of Blender’s Grease Pencil.

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Texture and Shading

Different types of painting can be done with the help of this software which includes vertex painting, weight painting, dynamic painting, and more.

Addons and Script

Python scripting for the creation of custom tools, game logic, and importing/exporting from other formats. This software allows for integration with a number of external render engines through plugins/addons. 

Import/Exports

A variety of different 3D file formats for importing and exporting, among them which includes 3D Studio, Alembic, Autodesk, SVG, STL, and more is supported by this software. 

Installation Requirements of Blender 

Minimum Requirements

  • 64-bit dual-core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1280×768 display
  • Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
  • Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3
  • Less than 10 years old

Recommended Requirements

  • 64-bit quad-core CPU
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Full HD display
  • Three-button mouse or pen+tablet
  • Graphics card with 4 GB RAM

Supported Graphics Cards

  • NVIDIA: GeForce 400 and newer, Quadro Tesla GPU architecture and newer, including RTX-based cards, with NVIDIA drivers (list of all GeForce and Quadro GPUs)
  • AMD: GCN 1st gen and newer (list of all AMD GPUs)
  • Intel: Haswell and newer (list of all Intel GPUs)
  • macOS: version 10.12 or newer with supported hardware

How to Download and Install Blender for PC

For Windows PC 

  • Users can download the software from the official site. Navigate the site for the download link.
  • Users can click on the link, for different OS, different links are available, click on the windows, to download the installer for the Windows OS
  • On double on the installer to start the installation, which is located in your downloads folder. 
  • Follow the instructions to complete the installation. 
  • Choose the destination folder and wait for the installer to complete the installation. 
  • Click on Finish to complete the installation. Double on the exe file to start your application. 

For GNU/Linux

  • Users can download the software from the official site. Navigate the site for the download link.
  • Users can click on the link, for different OS, different links are available, click on the windows, to download the installer for the Linux OS. If you don’t know if your Ubuntu installation is 32-bit or 64-bit, open the terminal and type in uname -m. The response of x86_64 means a 64-bit kernel and the response of i686 means a 32-bit kernel.
  • Create a new folder inside your Home folder. Extract the contents of the tarball into that folder. In the screenshot above, we used the name Programs for this folder.
  • Make the blender file executable. You can do this by right-clicking the blender file and clicking on Properties. Then select the Permissions tab and select the Allow executing file as a program option.
  • Create a shortcut for Blender. Right-click the blender executable and select Make Link. Then drag the new link to your Desktop or anywhere you like.

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