The 3D application Maya was acquired in 2005 by Autodesk, Inc. and is widely used in animation and game industries. Maya offers tools to handle every step of the 3D pipeline from modeling to animation to visual effects. There is a free 30-day trial available. When you sign up it will ask for credit card information as it is designed to automatically upgrade to the paid subscription plan in order to continue using the software; there is the option to not renew.
If you are a student or an instructor then Autodesk, Inc. has a long-term educational version available for a 13 month term, renewable each year that you are eligible. People often ask if the educational version is limited in any way. The software is fully-featured when using an educational license, but commercial and for-profit usage is forbidden. The details of the licensing can be found in the usage agreement.
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References: Autodesk Maya Features, AWN Animation World News, Digital Tutors Blog Tomb Raider