Now Free! The perfect way to get started in 3D – design anything from products to packages, images for marketing to architecture – even models for 3D printing. Design 3D SE can help you realize your vision. You’ll be learning the basics of our more powerful Design 3D CXi, so if you want to upgrade you’ll be ready. Get training videos and more at the Strata Web Site >>>

• Model with Powerful Tools
Use advanced modeling options like polygons, spline curves and Booleans. And you can bring in existing 3D assets – you'll find a variety of import filters for third-party models and scenes.

• Apply Surface Textures
Design 3D SE's texturing effects include anisotropic metallic reflections, blurred reflections and more. And it's easy to get started with the huge library of pre-made textures.

• Set Up Your Scene and Lighting
Design 3D SE is like a photography studio where you have total control. Position your 3D objects and then place lights, reflection panels, cameras, backgrounds, environments and more to produce a superior final render.

• Render Professional Images
Design 3D SE's renderer produces superior results that rival 3D programs costing thousands of dollars. From outlines, to toon-style rendering, to photo-realism – Design 3D SE can produce the exact look you're after with blazing speed.

• Connect to Everything Else
Several 2D and 3D file formats connect you to the rest of the world. This includes Collada files tailor made for Apple's iBooks Author app, OBJ, DXF and more. You can even print to 3D with the included file formats that are accepted by popular 3D printing services.

• Take Advantage of the 3D University
Strata offers a complete online training site at, with tutorials covering all aspects of the Design 3D line of products. This includes first time users to 3D professionals. It's a great way to learn and is guaranteed to get you up to speed.

• You're Ready to Step Up
Design 3D SE is a subset of its big brother, Design 3D CXi. Once you've mastered Design 3D SE you'll be ready to step up to CXi without missing a beat. With Design 3D CXi you'll get an expanded toolset – including powerful modeling tools, UV texturing tools, animation, special effects and more.

Features Include:

√ Modeling
• Polygonal Modeling
• Bezier Surfaces
• Extrude
• Lathe
• Boolean
• Skin
• Path Extrude

√ Texturing
• Bump & Normal Mapping
• Anisotropic Reflections
• Blurred Reflections
• Blurred Transparencies
• Layer & Mix
• Fog
• 15 Channels
• Multi-Texture Blending Mix Modes

√ Lighting
• Point
• Spot
• Directional
• Glowing Surfaces
• Gels

√ Rendering
• Toon
• Photons
• Raytracing
• Raydiosity
• Pointcloud
• Anti-Matter
• Atmospherics
• MIP Mapping
• Soft Shadows
• Reflection Blurring

√ Special Effects
• Lens Flares
• Script FX
• Auras
• Caustics

√ File Import/Export
• Collada (in/out)
• Illustrator EPS v8 (in)
• Photoshop PSD (in/out)
• 3DS (in)
• DXF (in/out)
• OBJ (in/out)
• VRML 1 & 2 (in/out)
• True Type Fonts (in)

What’s New

Version 7.5.1

• Subdivision Surface Modeling
• STL file export for 3D printing
• Many more improvements
• Plus over 50 Myst 3D files

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

bcamole ,

Can't get it to run in my iMac

I realize this is just a free demo but after downloading and installing, the app crashes imediately after the initial load. There's obviously some sort of hardware incompatibility which is kind of suprising since, unlike the Windows environment, there aren't thousands of hardware configurations which need to be compatible. So, if my iMac, which isn't all that old and has a decent amount of horsepower, can't run it, then it's not much use. It's straight to the trash file and will be forgotten.

tracyscott ,

Tom Aroma

I hope you took a second and went to Strata’s home page. I use Strata D3D which is their professional version of this free software. I downloaded this just to see what and why Strata would be giving away their software. I was extremely pleased to see they are giving basically the entire program away for free…well, Version 8 of D3D is like an entire rebuild with sweet new features I never seen coming, but seriously, give this a shot. Hint…/=perspective view 4=left, 5=Front, 6=Right, 7=Back, 8=Top, and 9 = Bottom…Comand = Fits view to all. The space bar is the hand tool in photoshop, and adding shift lets you turn your object in 3D. We all have our favorite software packages…Strata has been around a long time. There is a lot of hidden functionality in this free download. Utilize the tools and support strata is offering and you will begin to feel like you’ve been working with it for a long time. The rendering engine is very, very good.

gogetalife ,

Fantastic app and superior customer service

As a professional in the computer industry and as a amateur creator of 3-D illustrations, Strata Design 3D SE 7 has fulfilled my needs perfectly. I create three-dimensional models for use in illustrations once or twice a month and needed a program that could create professional looking 3-D illustrations with a minimum of learning curve. I have been using this program for two days now and several times could not figure out how to accomplish a particular task my way. After impatiently searching through the documentation I use their customer service e-mail to ask how to accomplish the task. I was pleasantly surprised to receive concise, well written, and polite E-mail responses within a hour of each request that completely answered my questions. The completeness of the functionality and the superior customer service had earned Strata Design 3D SE 7 a five star rating.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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