I would like to find a software to have a restricted 3D view of human body anatomy. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I would like to know if such a thing already exists.

Hopefully, it would:

  • Have a filter view to show only skeleton + muscles such as in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JE67Wp-zsc (I find the channel very good by the way!)
  • Allow body motion so that I can turn the body easily for example or imply a motion of a body member and the related muscles tensions and shapes are adapted accordingly and automatically.
  • Allow customization such as muscle highlighting with a different color, annotation etc.
  • Target a PC preferably, with Windows or Linux

As far as I know, that's not simple nor automatic to do such a thing. In the free university project of the video, there is no mention of what software has been used. Thus, I would suspect there is no out-of-the-box software to do that, but if you have heard of one, please share!

If that doesn't exist, is there any open-source project I could start from to do that?


  • I could adapt to a different target if the tool is fine.
  • Please feel free to answer even if it is a mobile app (as I said, target is not a hard constraint).

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There is an Open Source project that has made a start on exactly what you are looking for within the Blender 3D modelling tool kit.

You can read about the muscle simulator, (so far), here.

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Blender itself is:

  • Free, Gratis & Open Source & Cross Platform
  • Offers full photo-realistic rendering
  • Can produce animations & movies
  • Has a physics engine and a game engine
  • Has multiple simulations engines
  • Includes movie editing
  • 100s of other features

If nothing else it gives you a good starting point and the possibility of enhancing it with others.


Per your request, the mobile app I referred to is called Essential Anatomy 3 by 3D4Medical.com, LLC.

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It’s highly rated (4.3/5.0 on Amazon), inexpensive ($10 US) and provides these features

  • New 3D technology via 3D4Medical's latest graphics engine

  • Over 4,000 highly detailed anatomical structures

  • Multiple Selection Mode. Hide/Fade/Isolate individual or multiple structures

  • Preset and customizable Bookmarks

  • Correct audio pronunciation for every structure

  • Latin nomenclature for each anatomical structure

  • User friendly and intuitive interface

  • Multiple search options

  • Dynamic quiz function - Drag and Drop and Multi-choice

  • Custom search modes

  • Extensive social media tools and sharing capability

It includes the anatomy for these systems...

  • Skeletal

  • Muscles

  • Connective Tissue

  • Veins

  • Arteries

  • Nerves

  • Respiratory

  • Digestive

  • Urinary

  • Lymphatic

  • also includes the Brain and Heart

I use the mobile version, but, after a bit more research, I found that it’s available on multiple platforms.


Anatomy 360

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It is a very user friendly 3D anatomy modelling software still in development. They provide an online demo with the following features:

  • Full Pan, Rotation and Zoom control using only left and right mouse buttons with Key presses
  • Spec and Diffuse sliders
  • Texture on off switch
  • Background brightness slider
  • Flat Shaded Mode
  • Black and white mode
  • Rim light brightness and angle sliders
  • Spot / Directional light switch
  • Ambient intensity slider
  • Field of view slider
  • New control system
  • Tone mapping switch
  • Vignette switch
  • Floor on and off switch

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