Has any of you folks ever used Blender 3D...it's the king kong of open source 3d software...meaning it's a badass mofo and it's FREE!!! I just started my first baby steps with it last night. WOW! it is pretty freakin impressive and comparable to Maya. The controls seem limitless but are managable to some extent- time and practice will fix this. you can download it here http://www.blender3d.com/. The site has been up and down lately so if you can't get to it- keep trying back because it worth every second of your spent time.