A new wholly-free and seemingly perpetual version of the 3DCoat software, in the form of 3DCoatPrint 2022. This is the latest version and is even partly licensed for commercial use. Ah, but how is it crippled? Well it’s…
* capped at “40,000 triangles on export” as a .STL mesh for 3D printing.
* has no “paint and retopology toolsets”.
* apart from 3D printing, “other uses may only be for personal non-profit activity.”
That appears to be it. So 3DCoatPrint looks reasonably good, even if you have no interest in inflicting yet more plastic junk on the world. Possible use-cases:
* you want a more rational sculpting replacement for Zbrush / Blender, and yet don’t need a Zbrush round-trip interface working with Poser / DAZ Studio.
* you “sculpt for greyscale render + partial auto-colour + paint-over”, making elements for assembly as 2D concept paintings.
* you specifically target the ‘low-poly look’ aesthetically, and might even find the 40,000 triangle limit a creative spur.
The software works on Windows 7 and up. Regrettably it’s not just “download an .EXE and install”, through. You do have to ‘sign up’ / ‘sign in’ to get it. Which suggests there’s some sort of online leash which could eventually pull your access, years down the line.