Uses of 3DHow is 3D used by the interactive media and computer games industries?When considering 3D modelling, the fist things that might spring to mind are films and games. Although the largest uses of 3D modelling is in the creative media industry, it is also used in:• Medicine3D modelling is used to recreate parts of the human anatomy to help doctors see and plan out an operation.• EngineeringEngineers use 3D models to show what they have designed so it can be constructed easily.• Product design3D modelling is used to show what the final product will look like before it is put in to production.• ArchitectureArchitects used 3D models of Structures to show builders what they are building and how to built it.
Basic PrinciplesHow are 3D models displayed and constructed?All 3D modelling programs use polygons to display models. A polygon is created by 3 or more points and given a skin. These 3 points create a triangle, Witch is the simplest polygon.More complex polygons can be created with ether many triangles together, or adding more points to the polygon itself. A 3 point polygon is spread across 1 plane, this means the polygon is flat. This is not always the case for a polygon with 3 or more points. Mesh Construction is using Simple shapes such as triangles to create a object. This method is more commonly used in character modelling, otherwise it is usually easier to uses polygon manipulation to create a model.
3D development softwareExamine the software tools used in the production of 3D models. Autodesk 3DSAutodesk 3ds Max is one of most powerful 3Ddesign software developed by Autodesk Inc. 3dsMax is so powerful especially in modeling for lowpolygon for video game industry. The software hasmany features for 3D graphic design such asmodeling, rendering, animation, dynamic, shading,cloth, particles, and texturing.3ds Max one of leading 3D design software in thegame development, television, film as well as digitalpublishing industries. It is a product of samecompany as Maya and SoftImage. Some people feelthat they enjoy working with 3ds Max than othertwo editions.The program runs under Windows platform. Thereis 30 day trial version available to download and try.Before, you can proceed downloading; you arerequired to fill product trial form.
Autodesk MayaAutodesk Maya is a completed 3D Design software packageswhich provide 3D artist and 3D professional to do 3Dmodeling, shading, lighting, animating, 3D paint, adding painteffects and rendering. Maya is very popular package as 3Dgraphic design software and widely use in film as well as videogame industry worldwide. The software developed by AutodeskInc.There are two versions available Maya Unlimited and MayaComplete. Maya Unlimited version is larger package whichcontains more features such as Maya Fluid Effects, MayanCloth, Maya nParticles, Maya Hair, Maya Fur, and Maya Live.The program is multiple platforms support includingWindows, Macintosh and Linux operating system. There is trialversion available to download and try. You can download 30 daytrial after completing a request form at its official website. Justfill out name, company, address and so on. Comparing to other3D design products such as Autodesk 3Ds Max andSoftImage, Maya is my favorite one.
LightWave 3DLightWave 3D also is another completed 3D designsoftware package as Maya and 3ds Max for modeling,animation, rendering, particle FX and dynamics. This 3Dgraphic design software package is available both forWindows 32 or 64-bit and Mac platform. The software isproduct of NewTek, Inc.The program has been used in films, game, visualizationindustries as well as commercial television. Feature filmssuch as Dark Knight, Iron Man,Jumper, Serenity Pan’sLabyrinth, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Andfeatures games including Quake IV, The Chronicles ofRiddick, Doom III, Halo, Age of Mythology.LightWave 3D 30 day trial version is available to downloadand try. After downloading and installing, you need toregister and set up an account at its official website inorder to receive unlock code for the trial version.
Among free 3D design software packages, Blenderis fully functional one. With Blender user can do3D modeling, characterrigging, shading, animation, rendering, physics andparticles, imaging and compositing. Blender is freeopen source 3D content creation under the GNUGeneral Public License. Blender is available forseveral operating systems, including MicrosoftWindows, Mac OSX, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD.As Blender is open source, which anyone candownload and use for free, donation is one sourceof fund to keep the project alive and furtherdevelopment.