I do packaging design and have been needing to add a 3d software to my tool box. I just recently discovered Dimension and love it, however the products I work with are custom designs and I need more control than what Dimension gives me. I would love to build the base to the products elsewhere but light and stage in Dimension. Looking for recommendations on a 3D software that pairs well with Dimension and is not extensively difficult to learn the basic fundamentals?
I would love to build the base to the products elsewhere
you mean the models?
Blender or Maya are what most people use and I'd go with Blender as a starting point because its free
That is my problem also as as our student do packaging. It must be very simple software as learning Maya, 3d max or any software do not match goals of designer who works in the field of packaging.For now I am using PS as it allows to draw 3d models from paths and selection. Also I use Cross Section for creating packaging models.But I hope that new technologies that have been shown on Adobe Max 2019 Sneak Peaks will be implement into Ps, Ai or Dn.
For now I can recommend you
You can use Origami Trial version and create dieline in Adobe Illustrator and export it to pdf format from Origami (as Origami trial version allows only pdf, not any other 3D file) If so then open it in Photoshop and Export 3D layer and use STL or OBJ for importing into Dimension.
Blender is a bit handful to learn. Maya and C4D are way too pricey for a small packaging output. The best is still 3DsMax but the non-mac support has made the process a bit tedious to switch around my computer to model and review in the Adobe Dimension.
I'm using a lightweight software called Cheetah 3D. I found it to the best tools to make a custom extrude out of my Illustrator Pathline. Any custom shape that I require I can simply export SVG from Illustrator, extrude it in Cheetah 3D and export obj back to Dimension for the rendering. It can handle basic shapes and quite easy to learn.
This is the best workaround within the mac for me. Hope this helps...