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Best 3D rendering software in 2020 !

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

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Architectural renders have moved over time from sketches to photorealistic images that breathe life into designs; an art form that takes a viewer through a journey of the architectural design's strengths. To make these, we need an architectural rendering software. However, there are as many architecture rendering programs out as there are Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor's, making it challenging to find the right flavor to suit your palate.

To ease your journey, we have put together a list of the top software solutions to check out in 2020, hoping that some are compelling enough for you to want to give them a spin.

1. V-Ray by Chaos Group

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When it comes to producing state-of-the-art, photorealistic rendering, V-Ray reigns supreme, its easy integration into several different 3D applications is one of the most versatile rendering platforms. This powerful software has a wide range of tools and features and boasts high speed and quality. While it may seem intimidating initially, a cleared schedule and a willingness to climb its steep learning curve pay off at the end with you having unlocked the very best of the best.

2. Lumion


Lumion is a high-speed rendering software that offers a friendly learning curve with its simple user interface. Lumion’s biggest strength lies in the fact that it is compatible with almost every 3D modelling program that possibly exists, making the program highly approachable for users of many different backgrounds. The program is a delight to use and undeniably useful for both students and professionals, allowing for immersion through walkthroughs and 3D animations.

3. Maxwell


A prime example of “old is gold”, Maxwell is a well-known program among architects, has been around for a long time. An attractive and easy to learn interface combined with a spectacular realism amount has ensured that this program remains a classic. This user-friendly interface has encouraged several architecture students to dip their toes into this solution for their rendering ventures before diving into deeper waters.

4. Blender


What started as an open-sourced software turned indie artist gem, Blender has gone on to become a huge commercial phenomenon, with its large number of tools making it one of the most competent 3D rendering software. The learning curve isn’t steep, allowing you to learn it in just a few hours, and its powerful and unbiased rendering engine providing you with some of the most stunning, hyper-realistic renders.

5. Twinmotion by Unreal Engine


3D Immersion is vital to giving a person a sense of the space they are being shown. Twin motion offers just that, with its real-time rendering producing high-quality images and panoramas. It churns out standard or 360° virtual reality videos in seconds, helping you better communicate your design. Using geographic locations, apply real contexts and helping you visualize even the construction phases of your projects, this software transforms static 3D models into lifelike experiences.

There are a lot of other excellent rendering engines out there, and we would like to give a shout-out to some more of them which we think you would love to experiment with:

● Autodesk provides two great options with Viz Render and Autodesk Revit, allowing for integration with other Autodesk software.

● Octane Render is one of the fastest rendering software solutions available.

● A unique set of sculpting tools and an on-board rendering engine put MODO on our list.

● Cinema 4D by MAXON is fast, stable and has a very intuitive user interface.

● Enscape is a real-time 3D rendering software that runs alongside your 3D modelling programs to evaluate any changes in an instant.