Maya is currently owned by the behemoth of the 3D world – Autodesk. They have owned Maya since 2005, and few 3D softwares have as deep a market penetration or as wide a name recognition. At a recent presentation that I gave at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, there were two pieces of 3D software that this group of nuclear scientists had heard of, Blender (a free open-source competitor) and Maya. None of the other 3D competitors were even on their radar.