Blender is a free, open source 3D modeling and 3D animation suite that also incorporates a built-in game engine. Despite being not much widely known or supported as Maya and 3D Studio Max, it has been in active development for years and has a large and enthusiastic followers. Besides, it has been used to create several short animation films that rival the production values of big budget Hollywood movies. Most importantly, some of the artwork created by its users is simply stunning.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6MlUcmOul8
History of Blender
NeoGeo, a Netherlands-based animation studio introduced Blender in 1995 as a part of their in-house production tool. Later in 1998, Ton Roosendaal founded a new company called “Not a Number” (Nan) to further develop and promote this product. Unfortunately, NaN was shut down in 2002 due to the owning poor economic conditions. However, Ton knew that Blender was too valuable to let go, so he started non-profit Blender Foundation, and released Blender to the public under the GNU General Public License on Oct 13, 2002.
The Blender Foundation released its first open source animated movie in 2005, “Elephants Dream”. The movie was a big success, which led to the opening of “Blender Institute”. The institute released another open source based movie in 2008 named “Big Buck Bunny”, and in September 2008, the open game “YouFrankie!”Later, the Blender Institute released another smash hits such as “Sintel” and “Tears of Steel”.