3D Modeling, Sculpting, & Viewing Apps for your Smartphone..there will never again be a wasted minute of your day

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As much as I love digital sculpture and 3D modeling, I do like to to step outside for some fresh air now and again. So in the interest of avoiding growing my hair & beard down to the ground & using a pickle jar for a bathroom, I started looking for some apps that allow me to squeeze in some creative productivity while on the go, particularly during the everyday occasions of waiting & wasted time (i.e. while stuck on the train, plane, bus, post office, DMV, spending the night in jail. etc.) I do love my sketchbook but now I can actually do some rough sculpting & modeling while not parked in front of a computer… glorious!

I’m using an Android phone so here’s my list of what I’m goofing with. What’s even better is these are all free (by the way, I am not affiliated or otherwise getting any sweet kickbacks for mentioning these products).

  • My new favorite is TrueSculpt Virtual Sculpture by Fabrice Boyer (like a lite version of Sculptris or Zbrush). Offers symmetrical sculpting, polypainting, & OBJ export. Everything I would have asked for (had I been asked). 
  • Sketcher 3D LITE is more of a box modeling type of app. Still working on figuring this one out. All the export functions are disabled unless you get the pro version. Also available for Apple devices. 
  • Not modeling programs but still useful are Infinite Design & Infinite Painter by Sean Brakefield, & SketchBook Mobile Express by AutoDesk. There are scads of sketching apps but these offer a symmetry function which sets them apart. 
  • There are many, many 3D viewers but I like the usability of Glovious Lite, STL View, & 3D Model Viewer. As expected, file sizes are limited but these can come in handy nonetheless. 

Unfortunately I can’t personally comment on the quality of these but here’s some for Apple devices (these are not free). Apple has quite a few apps in this arena so have a look around, you might find something new. I’d love to get some users feedback about which ones work well for you.

8 comments

  1. Joshua Harker

    yeah, details are not too great. Mostly for rough sketch type stuff at this point. I am very curious about the ipad apps however.

  2. Daniel

    iSculptor has some good tutorials on the lostpencil site but I haven’t check the app out yet.

    1. Joshua Harker

      tried some apps out on the iPad (not iSculptor)…very encouraging

  3. MJ Ryan

    I’m looking for a good, truly intuitive android app for producing 3d models of all types from people, plants and animals to engineering models and architectural rendering. I’ve used Google Sketchup on my Windows machine for years. What I want is something comparable for my tablet. Does anyone have some recommendations based on actual experience? Thanks

    1. ntc

      I think thats a bit odd… Architecture? On an android tab? Just get a laptop…

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