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3D software for viewing .obj models!

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]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out?

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out? Would you strain your eyes? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

custom transformer figurine

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
posted by quseio on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I careate colour decals in vRay for Rhino?

Rhino 4.0 + vRay for Rhino + JPG Decal = How? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Nov 5, 2010 - 2 answers

3D animation CGI advice?

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.
posted by geekhorde on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you point me to 3D models I can move and zoom around?

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]
posted by fantodstic on Oct 29, 2010 - 5 answers

When will I be able to play around on a holodeck or go into the Matrix?

How is virtual reality technology coming along? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Oct 27, 2010 - 4 answers

The worst animator I can be.

What animation tools for Mac are not very good? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Why do some movies looks worse in HD?

Why does avatar look so much WORSE on nice HD TVs? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Aug 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Fecking 3D glasses: Why don't they work they way I expected?

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]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Do I need HDMI on a 3D DLP projector?

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.
posted by skylar on Jun 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Classic picture. How can I get it legally?

Classic picture. How can I get it legally? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Jun 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Watching 3D Movies

Where in the theater is the best place to sit while watching a 3D movie? [more inside]
posted by jsslz on Apr 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Best 3D animation program?

What is the best program that I should learn for 3D animation? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Apr 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Swing arm shaving mirror that moves up and down as well as left and right?

Swing arm shaving mirror that moves up and down as well as left and right? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Mar 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Procedural Generation

Looking for a good book or detailed online guide to applying procedural generation in the creation of video games. [more inside]
posted by sophist on Feb 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Best place for Avatar in PDX

Best place to see Avatar in 3d in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

What Vancouver, B.C. schools offer good Game Design programs?

I am thinking about applying to some Game Design / 3D animation programs in and around Vancouver, B.C. Got any suggestions?
posted by smartless on Jan 21, 2010 - 5 answers

3D at home?

So after seeing Avatar I still have the 3D glasses. Is there anything I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 16, 2010 - 31 answers

How to Slice a 3D Object?

How can I get "slices" of a 3D rendered object? [more inside]
posted by lore on Jan 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Is there any good open source or free Photogrammetry software?

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]
posted by ianbanks on Jan 14, 2010 - 2 answers

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]
posted by jrishel on Dec 31, 2009 - 17 answers

A 3D newbie inquires . . .

Is the 3D print of Avatar prescription eyeglasses friendly? And what can I really anticipate from the 3D portion of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Dec 28, 2009 - 40 answers

Two Avatar queastions.

Regarding Avatar: Is it appropriate for an 11 year old (who's REALLY into scifi) and which 3D system? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Dec 18, 2009 - 12 answers

3d CAD drafting on Ubuntu?

Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Nov 25, 2009 - 9 answers

House Design on the Computer

Can anyone recommend a website that lets you design a house, inside and out, including furniture placement in realistic-looking 3D for free?
posted by VC Drake on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

simulated 3d from two photos

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]
posted by karl88 on Nov 14, 2009 - 4 answers

3D effect with 2 animated photos

Looking for a site aggregating a series of "2 slightly different pictures of the same subject animated in a loop". [more inside]
posted by bru on Nov 4, 2009 - 6 answers

A splinter for my mind's eye

Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Make Me a Model

Where can I send someone a design of a 3D object and have them put it together for me? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 2, 2009 - 11 answers

What 3D software do I use for Architectural models suitable for 3D printing?

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]
posted by Yellowbeard on Aug 23, 2009 - 8 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Please recommend 3D software for doing leaves

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.
posted by jfuller on Jul 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Sketchup alternative?

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
posted by AltReality on Jun 15, 2009 - 16 answers

circles or spheres?

Pixar's Up: 3d or 2d? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Jun 1, 2009 - 39 answers

How does 3d work for this dvd?

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?
posted by Large Marge on May 29, 2009 - 2 answers

How to make an object rotate while banking on a path in Maya?

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?
posted by N2O1138 on Apr 22, 2009 - 4 answers

XYZ from 3d?

XYZ coordinate grid from 3d file? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Apr 18, 2009 - 8 answers

3D movies -- are they survivable now?

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?
posted by felix on Mar 27, 2009 - 26 answers

Now...In 3-D!

With what imaging software was the new Sci-Fi Channel logo created? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Mar 17, 2009 - 8 answers

What is a good source for very high quality 3D people?

What is a good source for high-quality 3D people for use in digital architectural models? Polygon count and cost are of no concern, while natural-looking faces, textures, and poses are a must. [more inside]
posted by sharkitect on Mar 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Viewing large scale stereoscopic images

I need help finding the correct glasses/lenses (if they exist) to allow one to view a much-larger-than-usual stereoscopic image. [more inside]
posted by VuMastr on Mar 2, 2009 - 4 answers

Help us see the world in 3D!

My girlfriend and I saw Coraline last night in 3D. Now we have a pair of these nifty 3D glasses. What now? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Feb 7, 2009 - 19 answers

Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Chuck

Can Canadians snag 3D glasses for the 3D Chuck episode? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jan 13, 2009 - 4 answers

In search of 3d Clue

Where can I find the 3-dimensional version of Clue/Cluedo that has, like, 7 floors? [more inside]
posted by blue andrea on Jan 10, 2009 - 6 answers

DIY Forced-Perspective wall-hanging art/mathematics advice sought.

3-D folks, Mathematicians, and Artists: Trying to create my own Trompe-l'œil / forced perspective illusionary image to hang on my wall (e.g. the awesome parking garage signage everyone's already seen... more examples here, and here). I'm having trouble faking it with 2-D programs, and the math is puzzling me. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 9, 2009 - 34 answers

Best 3d graphing app for a cheapskate?

Best application for 3D graphing (heat maps, contours, bump maps and so on)? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Do they sell "Potion of Art Job +1" stocking stuffers?

GiftFilter: What can I give my brother-in-law for Christmas that will help improve his chances of getting a 3D art job? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Dec 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Windows OpenGL being tempramental

Why have some of my OpenGL applications stopped working in Windows? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Dec 6, 2008 - 5 answers

3-D movies and strabismus

How would my 6yo daughter with strabismus perceive a 3-D movie? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Dec 6, 2008 - 15 answers

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