I'm looking for usable 3d meshes of Earth, Moon and Mars I know the data is out there for free, but the data I've found is ridiculous (4 terabyte high resolution files), hard to use (5 degree slices that would need to be assembled), in formats that only planetary geologists can use, or simply stuck in the labyrinth of poorly maintained and documented government web sites where I can't find it. [more inside]
I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
About a year or two ago I saw a presentation about the design of a logo for a cultural building / institution: opera, theatre, museum or university, library. I think they used a 3d model of the building, to create profile shots of different angles, thereby providing different logos for different occasions Im desperately looking for this presentation or logo. Anyone? [more inside]
Can people with red-green colorblindness see depth in 3D comic books where you look through red-blue glasses? Personal testimony from my colorblind readers would be most compelling to me, as the optics are complicated.
I’ve been tasked with finding a suitable 3D system to power a VR platform we are thinking of building, and I’m having a hard time finding one that seems to be usable, let alone suitable. [more inside]
What's the best way of turning a cardboard art project model into plastic? [more inside]
Hello, I am looking for ideas about what would be a good name for following electronic product/video converter box (in nutshell) :- It is a small box which converts regular 2D video into 3D video and using the HDMI port on this box, this 3D video can be watched on a regular LCD TV while wearing Red-Blue glasses. The product name should be small (2 words or so), pithy, not necessarily technical jargonry, and telling about its functionality in its name (if possible). thanks, -GM.
Is Carrara 8 pretty good 3D software for a sub-$200 budget? [more inside]
I want to learn 3d modeling but from a vector standpoint (if possible). Needs to be OSX compatible. [more inside]
I am an artist and need technical help on how best to manipulate a 3d image of a human spine then export the image as a vector into Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
What is the best 3D software (preferably for Mac) for doing stuff besides modeling motorcycle parts and video game characters? I'm primarily interested in creating things like infographics in 3D. [more inside]
I'm looking for a simple, free 3D viewing software in which I could import an .obj I'd export from 3dsMax and allow me to rotate around it/zoom and the such. [more inside]
What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out? Would you strain your eyes? [more inside]
Im a big transformer fan and i was wondering if anyone makes custom transformer toys ... optimally (lol) id like ones made out of metal but platic would do even a 3d model i could transform and make it do stuff would be fun maybe sit on my desktop on my pc and i dont mean repaints and newly made old toys i mean trans formers that i make up
Rhino 4.0 + vRay for Rhino + JPG Decal = How? [more inside]
So, basically, I want to know what the various options are for CGI/3D animation software. Factors to consider are, price, ease of use/learning curve required, system(s) required and so on. I know I'm being vague, but I really just want to know what the various options are. For instance, I have dabbled a very little bit with Blender, but found it beyond arcane and hard to use. Any help would be appreciated.
Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
How is virtual reality technology coming along? [more inside]
What animation tools for Mac are not very good? [more inside]
Why does avatar look so much WORSE on nice HD TVs? [more inside]
I thought I knew how the current crop of 3D glasses worked, but an experiment with my glasses and my laptop screen proved that something weird is going on. Why does the direction I'm looking through the glasses change what I see, and why do the polarising filters appear to be oriented the same way? [more inside]
I'm planning to buy a new video projector, and thought that while I'm at it I should buy a 3D-ready projector so that in a couple of years when there are more 3D movies available, I'll be ready to watch them. Ultimately I think I'll end up getting a new PC with Blu-Ray and probably an NVidia card to play 3D Blu-Rays, as per this AskMeFi thread. But do I need to get a 3D-ready projector with HDMI, like this Acer P1200? Or does HDMI not matter? I don't want to end up buying a projector only to find I can't plug it in to the right source a year down the line.
Classic picture. How can I get it legally? [more inside]
Where in the theater is the best place to sit while watching a 3D movie? [more inside]
What is the best program that I should learn for 3D animation? [more inside]
Swing arm shaving mirror that moves up and down as well as left and right? [more inside]
Looking for a good book or detailed online guide to applying procedural generation in the creation of video games. [more inside]
Best place to see Avatar in 3d in Portland, OR? [more inside]
I am thinking about applying to some Game Design / 3D animation programs in and around Vancouver, B.C. Got any suggestions?
So after seeing Avatar I still have the 3D glasses. Is there anything I can do with them? [more inside]
How can I get "slices" of a 3D rendered object? [more inside]
Is there any good open source or free Photogrammetry software? I'd like to take a few photographs (two or more) of small areas (small forested park lands) with a calibration/reference object in the frame (if need be) and extract points and lines from the images. [more inside]
Damn You, James Cameron, I Just Want To Watch The Pretty Pictures, Not Spend Hours Researching Competing Theater 3D Projection Standards
Avatar on IMAX 3D, is Fake IMAX the better choice or should drive further for the bigger Real IMAX screen? [more inside]
Is the 3D print of Avatar prescription eyeglasses friendly? And what can I really anticipate from the 3D portion of the experience? [more inside]
Regarding Avatar: Is it appropriate for an 11 year old (who's REALLY into scifi) and which 3D system? [more inside]
Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a website that lets you design a house, inside and out, including furniture placement in realistic-looking 3D for free?
what is it called, and how do you make a simulated 3D photo using two photos, then animated to flash back and forth? [more inside]
Looking for a site aggregating a series of "2 slightly different pictures of the same subject animated in a loop". [more inside]
Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
Where can I send someone a design of a 3D object and have them put it together for me? [more inside]
Hey all. Similar questions to this have been asked, but I think my formulation is unique. I am trying to model some stone walls for architectural models. I need the stone texture to show up in 3D so it will print on a 3D printer. I am not sure what the best 3D software to use for this application. [more inside]
good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
Digital graphics artists, hi! I have a painting in mind--a foliate head (aka 'green man') or rather several of them, embedded in foliage. I expect the final form will be in acrylic on masonite because I want it to be bigger than any monitor or color printer I'm ever likely to have. But I want to do most of the detail prep digitally, and it will involve 3D work because I plan to stare at and think about every single one of X hundreds of leaves, sized and rotated to fit in with its neighbors. So I'm fishing for recommendations about which of the free 3D packages I should plan on using. I know the learning curve will be pretty steep and I want to pick one program and stick to it. Free candidates I know of are SketchUp, Blender, and Bryce 5, but I'll consider anything. Does any one of these, or any other one you've used, stand out from the rest for doing complex-mesh organic forms like, um, leaves? If any of them make it easy (or anyway less hard) to texture flat(ish) objects on both surfaces, that's a big plus. Thanks very much! Oh, Windows or Linux. Got no Mac.
I'm looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight application that will allow me to visualize a wooden structure I want to build. I know about CAD software like AutoCAD and modelling apps like 3dsMax, but they seem way more complicated than what I'm looking for. Sketchup seems to fit the bill pretty well, but it's hideous to look at and I can't seem to get exact measurements out of it. Any alternatives to sketchup out there? (free preferably but not required) Thanks
Pixar's Up: 3d or 2d? [more inside]
I saw My Bloody Valentine 3D in theaters, and it was awesome. I also just saw the DVD at target with four 3D glasses!! Since I know the theater uses the REALD (CP polarization) system, and I know tv panels don't operate the same way, has anyone bought the DVD/know how the home theater version works/is it worth checking out?
How can I rotate an object in Maya while it's on a path and automatically banking? I'm currently making an animation involving a paper airplane, and I have it set to bank automatically, but I would like it to fly upside down at one point, and briefly turn on its side at another. I'm very new to paths in Maya, and whatever I try to do usually ends up making the plane rotated for the entire animation. Ideally I'd like to be able to keyframe a rotation while still having the paper plane following the path and banking normally. Is this possible?
XYZ coordinate grid from 3d file? [more inside]
Is the theatrical 3D film experience (e.g. 'Monsters vs. Aliens') much better than it used to be? Eyestrain, headaches, nausea used to be what you suffered through in the old red-blue glasses days in order to say you saw a 3D movie...has that gotten good enough now that it's safe to take, e.g., a 7 year old boy to these things?