- Physical computing/microcontroller demo
- Written assignment formatting.
Unlike 2d software, where the Adobe offerings dominate, the world of 3d software is much more fragmented and specialized. Character animation, product design, visual effects, engineering, and other disciplines all have favoured sets of tools.
Major 3d workflows involve several major tasks:
There are dozens of major 3d programs, and hundreds of specialized ones, from software for designing dental implants to simulating how baggage moves through an airport.
Some major ones aimed at 3d design for art , craft and design include:
- SketchUp For architecture, space planning, interior design and similar tasks
- Rhino for product design and more
- Blender - an open source (free) app
- 3DS Max - powerful and expensive 3D for game development, film and more
- maya powerful and expensive 3D for game development, film and more
- ZBrush Allows your to sculpt in 3d
- Cinema 4d A basic version is included in Adobe's AfterEffects
A list of blender keyboard shortcuts - essential.
The historic Utah Teapot
Lots of good samples here but some are very large. Blender Demo Files.
A good, multi-part introduction to Blender
See the presentation above
Navigating in Blender
We'll use the gizmos to navigate.
Hint: use the "z" key to switch into wireframe mode.
There are many models available to download online. Use the Utah Teapot model above to try it out.
- Select an object
- Select "Material properties"
- Choose "open"
- Find a bitmap file (png or jpeg is fine). You can use this sample.
- Click "assign" if you don't see texture.
- Select "rendered" under viewport shading
Basic lighting tutorial.
Try this (large) sample file.