3D modeling is an excellent way to exercise creativity while keeping in touch with your technical side. 3D models are necessary if you want to print 3D objects (which can solve a few annoying life problems), create your own 3D games, or make machinima films. But a common question is, “Which program is best for 3D modeling and animation?” Learning Maya is smart if you plan to go professional, but with prices starting at $123 per month (or $3675 for a perpetual license), it’s quite cost-prohibitive. Easy 3D modeling programs exist, like Sculptris, but we highly recommend Blender if you need free 3D modeling software. 3D modeling isn’t easy to pick up, though, so here are some of the best online newbie courses for Blender that won’t cost you a penny. 1. The Blender Beginners series by ZoyncTV is slightly outdated (it’s based on Blender 2.6) but a lot of what you’ll learn is applicable to the current version of Blender. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Content is available in both video form and PDF form. 7.
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When the kids at NOTLabs first got their hands on a MakerBot Replicator, the ingenious 3D printer that can make just about anything you want, they quickly got down to business – making LEGO and Kinex connectors, that is. As inconsequential as their decision may seem, it got us thinking: today, building blocks, but tomorrow? Buildings themselves. The future isn’t as far as you may think. In the next two articles, I’ll introduce you to three visionaries who are already applying 3D printing technology to revolutionary effect: an engineer hoping to improve the human condition, a robotics expert with the goal of completing the Sagrada Familia (or at least putting a structure on the moon), and an architect at MIT using nature-inspired materials to turn the design world on its head. If these three examples are anything to go by, 3D Printing will revolutionize the world as we know it. How (and Why) to Print A House The implications for the building industry are enormous. A Dignified Solution
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As a designer, architect, artist and founder of the Mediated Matter group at MIT’s Media Lab, Neri Oxman has dedicated her career to exploring how digital design and fabrication technologies can mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the way we design and construct our built world. In this article, which was first published by CNN, Oxman discusses the future of 3D printing buildings with five tenets of a new kind of architecture. In the future we will print 3D bone tissue, grow living breathing chairs and construct buildings by hatching swarms of tiny robots. The future is closer than we think; in fact, versions of it are already present in our midst. At the core of these visions lies the desire to potentiate our bodies and the things around us with an intelligence that will deepen the relationship between the objects we use and which we inhabit, and our environment: a Material Ecology. Neri Oxman’s five tenets after the break… 1. Or consider the tree. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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Today, 3D Printing technology lives in the realm of small plastic tchotchkes. But economists, theorists, and consumers alike predict that 3D printers will democratize the act of creation and, in so doing, revolutionize our world. Which poses an interesting quandary: what will happen when we can print houses? Last week, I discussed the incredible capabilities of 3D Printing in the not-so distant future: to quickly create homes for victims of disaster/poverty; to allow the architect the freedom to create curvy, organic structures once only dreamed of. But, if we look a little further afield, the possibilities are even more staggering. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll introduce you to Neri Oxman, an architect and MIT professor using 3D Printing technology to create almost-living structures that may just be the future of sustainable design. The Anti-Modernist Neri Oxman has an arch-enemy, or, in her words, an “antithesis.” Why? Take, for example, a palm tree. Living-Synthetic Design As Ms.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently exploring the possibility of establishing a permanent lunar base with the aid of 3D printing technology. The space agency and Foster + Partners, the London-based architecture firm that worked closely with the agency in the exploration of the project, have released a video outlining how they envision a future mission to construct a moonbase may unfold. Whilst the idea of a frontier settlement on Mars has captured the imagination of the general public, establishing a base on the Moon would be a much more attainable prospect and could even serve as a proving ground for a mission to the Red Planet. For mankind to establish a permanent outpost beyond low-Earth orbit, certain safeguards are required to protect us from the harsh conditions that prevail beyond the defensive shield of our planet's atmosphere. The process of transforming the "lunar" material into a usable building block began by mixing the basaltic rock with magnesium oxide. Source: ESA
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Following our recent report of a Chinese company printing 10 houses in a day, the potential for architects to essentially click-and-print complex large-scale projects on a regular basis has moved a step closer to reality. This week, the UK's Loughborough University announced a deal with construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners to develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. View all The researchers at Loughborough's School of Civil and Building Engineering have been developing 3D concrete printing technology with a view to commercialization for seven years now, and have refined their technique to a system that comprises a gantry and robotic arm – the latter now in its second generation of development. Much like Andrey Rudenko's 3D concrete printer, Loughborough's device extrudes cement-based mortar under very precise computer control into layers, in order to create building components, which are then joined together. Sources: Skanksa, Loughborough University
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It might not exactly sound appealing to live in, but a Chinese company has constructed two buildings using a 3D printer that recycles industrial waste to form new building material. Shanghai-based Winsun has been showing off the two neighboring projects, one an 1100-square-meter villa, the other a 6-story residential block, in the Chinese city of Suzhou. The residential block is the world’s tallest 3D-printed building, according to the company. It took Winsun a day to print out one level of the residential block, and then five more to put the level together. Michael Kan Winsun was founded in 2002, and specializes in 3D printers designed for construction. The company’s printers are 6.6 meters tall, and work by secreting layers of construction material on top each other to form densely packed building blocks. Winsun is promoting the printers as an environmentally friendly technology, given that the ink can be made from recycled building materials.
Have Blender your way As an open source application, Blender is naturally very customizable. Of course like most programs, we can modify User Preferences, save render presets, build custom UI themes, and save layout presets. But beyond User Preferences, Blender allows us to customize our the startup scene. With the startup.blend file we have incredible freedom to tailor Blender so it launches with our exact specifications. What You Will Learn Each artist is unique in the way they work. The difference between User Preferences and the Startup file. Related Content
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This tutorial was written by the amazing Sean Kennedy and appeared in issue xx of 3D Artist Set extensions are the kind of visual effect that every single movie released today has. Not just the big blockbusters, but comedies, little indie dramas and even just about every TV show has some type of set extension or background enhancement happening in it. Perhaps the actual location was a protected park, and we were not allowed to build any kinds of structure out there during shooting. We are going to utilise Blender’s 3D space for much of this project, but keep in mind that the work we are doing is set up for compositing, not a 3D render. Step 01 – 3D track the scene Bring the footage into the Movie Clip Editor (MCE), then Set Scene Frames and Prefetch so it’s loaded into memory. Step 02 – Solve the camera motion After choosing Solve keyframes and setting Refine to Focal Length, K1, K2, my 16 points generated an error of 0.3. Step 03 – Zero-weighted tracks Step 04 – Create rough geometry
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Handheld camera work is very common today, but if you’re out there shooting your own movies, sometimes you may find your footage has a high frequency shake that is just really annoying. I’ve found that the smaller the camera is, the more chance there is of introducing that jittery motion. With people shooting movies on smartphones and GoPros, cameras really can’t get much smaller! As usual, someone in the Blender community created a great add-on to help solve this problem. Keep in mind that if your track doesn’t run the full length of the shot, it will fail and give you an error message. Try the add-on out and share links to your smoothed clips in the comments! Click HERE to download the Highpass add-on. Assets required: Before & After comparison: Like this: Like Loading...
Open 3ds Max. Go to Standard Primitives and create a ground plane with box. Create a pillar with box. Create a ball with sphere and put it in front of the pillar. Turn on Auto Key button. Go to the tenth frame and drag the ball through the pillar. Go to www.scriptspot.com and download Fracture Voronoi script. Save the script in the 3ds Max Scripts folder. In 3ds Max, go to Max Script > Run Script. It opens the Choose Editor file window. It opens the Fracture Voronoi script window. I have set the Nb parts as 10 since I want the pillar to be broken into ten different chunks. I have selected the Uniform color option as I want all the chunks in a same color. Click on Break in 10 button. You can further break each broken piece into several more chunks. Go to Customize > Show UI > Show Floating Toolbar. It opens all floating toolbars. Drag and dock the MassFx Toolbar to the left side of the screen. Select all pillar chunks and apply MassFx Rigid Body modifier onto them. Click on MassFx Tools icon.
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Need some inspiration? Here's three videos of robots built with Hummingbird kit materials, arranged in order from easiest to hardest to build: Chris' Horse. Estimated build time: 30-45 minutes Emily's Dog. Estimated build time: 2-4 hours Jenn's Dragon. Estimated build time: 8-10 hours Check out this totally awesome timelapse video of the construction of the Dragon. Need more inspiration? 17 robots in 12 minutes: Robots built as part of an educator training workshop Robots interpreting poetry: watch robots help students interpret Frost, Keats, Dickinson, Poe, and Sanburg Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost: a behind-the-scenes look at two students' robotic interpretation of Frost's Fire and Ice poem.
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Kyle Ettinger is one of the most feared pilots in the emerging world of drone combat — despite being half the age of most of his rivals. The 15-year old picked up his first quadcopter a little more than two years ago, but quickly discovered a passion for battle at a drone fight club that organizes regular matches across the San Francisco Bay Area. The tournaments are organized by the drone sporting companies Aerial Sports League and Game of Drones, which now sponsors Ettinger. He has worked with his father, Silicon Valley engineer Gary Ettinger, to design and construct a series of drones customized for combat. The growing fleet now takes up the better part of the family’s Cupertino, Calif. garage. In late spring, the Ettingers arrived at Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif. to compete in the league’s biggest tournament to date, equipped with one of their latest designs. How did Kyle and Carbon Crasher perform in some 20 rounds of battles that weekend?
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Rome wasn't built in a day, but a village of 10 houses created out of 3D printed concrete parts has been constructed in just one day in Shanghai, China. And the even better news? Each one only cost around $5000. Oh, and they’re partly made out of recycled waste, too. The company that built the structures, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, spent years perfecting the system which allowed them to achieve this impressive feat. The material used to construct the parts is a mixture of high grade cement, recycled construction waste and industrial waste, which is then reinforced with glass fibers. The software used to design the parts also allows for the addition of things like plumbing and windows which can be added on after the building is erected. Although these buildings may not look like your traditional three bedroom home, they are hoped to provide a rapid and inexpensive housing solution for poverty-stricken or displaced individuals and families. Images via 3ders.org
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