Sculptris: 3D Modeling Software

Sculptris is a free 3D modeling software, which exploits the modeling clay concept. It is unique in that anyone can pick it up and try it out without any technical knowledge. 

Sculptris software


Created by Tomas Pettersson, the project is now developed by the Pixologic team, since 2010, when its inventor joined them.

Its particular modeling style makes the users feel like they are sculpting their object, since the modeling process starts with an intact piece of modeling clay the user  will adjust little by little by pulling, pinching, twisting and pushing it. This software is geared towards character sculpting and organic modeling. 

Interesting Features

  • Dynamic Tessellation: no more worries about the model geometry, if there are not enough triangles to display the detail you want, the software automatically divides the area under the brush. Furthermore, if you're adding some volume to your model, the existing polygons are not stretched, as commonly with other softwares, Sculptris will instead add new polygons
  • GoZ: effortless integration with ZBrush
  • Symmetry Mode: when sculpting on one side of the model, you can automatically affect the other side symmetrically
  • Mask System: while working, you can choose to protect some of the areas of your model
  • Materials: wide variety of materials available for simulation
  • Automatic UV Creation: the UV map automatically created ease the painting and texturing tasks*
  • Projection Painting: textures painted with Photoshop can be projected onto your model

What is Sculptris used for and is it free?

This software is free, but you can buy its counterpart ZBrush, developed by the same team, for more experienced users if you need more advanced features.

ZBrush has contributed to the realization of many movies, among which:

  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Avengers
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Iron Man
  • Star Trek

or videogames, such as:

  • Assassin's Creed
  • Uncharted Realism

Where can you download Sculptris?

Read the Sculptris tutorial and start building your Sculptris models now!

Other useful Information

If your Sculptris model file contains error making your object impossible to print, download our ebook Fix your 3D files for 3D printing .

In order to have a 3D printed object of your model you can export your file into an OBJ format by following From Sculptris to Sculpteo: three points tutorial.

You could also be interested in uArtsy online classes, since we propose a 20% discount for the ones related to 3D printing, get the code for the discount here.