While Blender has tons of nifty features, with even more getting added with each release, there are still some things you might want to change or improve. Some of the more popular plugins streamlines your workflow, while other ones add completely new features. And please do not think you need these Blender addons to make amazing 3D art. It’s actually recommended to start without any paid addons and work your way up, as you gain more experience and knowledge, you will know what you need and why you need it.
If you are looking for the best free plugins, we have a list of them here. We are also assuming you already know how to install addons to Blender, if not, we have a simple and easy to follow guide here.
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Life of Improvement addons
Blender addons and plugins you wish were already integrated into Blender, but for some reason aren’t. They make your life easier by improving the workflow, often by simplying a process or two.
We already have a tutorial on how to change the pivot point in Blender but if we’re going to be honest, it’s just easier to use a plugin for this.
With the Pivot Transform addon you can easily change the pivot of any object and its child objects, without going into edit mode and painstakingly moving your object around. The best feature is the snapping which lets you quickly change your pivot to different locations.
It takes a couple of seconds to change the pivot, instead of a minute.
If you’re into hard surface modeling this Blender plugin is a must. Boxcutter lets you create non-destructive booleans straight in the viewport. This means you no longer have to create an object, like a cube, drag it over to the object you are modeling, apply a boolean modifier and repeat those steps 100 more times.
Boxcutter allows you to select a shape, then you just drag it over the object in the viewport, allowing you to create multiple booleans in a matter of seconds. And the best part of it all, it’s completely non-destructive, so if you mess up you can just revert back to it’s previous state.
This is another Blender addon that saves you plenty of time by simplifying tedious tasks into easy operations. It’s mainly designed for hard surface modeling, but it can of course be utilized for other things as well.
If you find yourself modeling objects that often have curved surfaces or awkward angles, MESHmachine might just save you some time and gray hairs. If you have used bevels in blender before you know how frustrating it can be, mostly because they’re destructive and hard to undo once you’ve progressed on your model. Well with MESHmachine that is no longer an issue, as you have much more control editing them on the fly is super easy.