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3D model of a school, how?

What should I use to make a simple 3D model of a school (not real)? I also need to create some classrooms (with chairs, table, etc). [more inside]
posted by Memo on Sep 15, 2008 - 11 answers

 

What's the best way to create a 3D model from the "average" shape of real-world objects?

I'm beginning a project where I need to construct a 3D model based off the "average" shape (I'm not sure that's exactly the proper term) of a number of similar real-world objects, and I'm not sure on the best workflow or process. Example: I have 25 bananas and I want to create a 3D model based off the average shape of all these bananas. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Aug 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Imprinting in Blender

How to get an "imprint" of a model in Blender? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Best 3D software for designer who is not really interested in 3D modelling?

I'm a graphic designer (InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects) who wants to be able to use 3D imagery in my work but I have little to no interest in modelling things myself. I'm very interested in animating in 3D space and playing with lights and cameras. No supercomplicated Pixar-like stuff (no characters), just moving around still (buildings etc) or almost still (flowers etc.) objects. For instance: right now I need to make an animation of some playing cards flying/falling away from the camera. I want to do this in 3D space and would like to be able to 'bend' the cards to exaggerate the movement. Is it possible for me to buy a stock 3D model of a playing card somewhere (where?) and add my own design to them? What 3D software would be most suitable for my purposes? I'm thinking it might be wise to pick the software that has the most enthusiastic modelsharing community...
posted by dinkyday on May 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for a 3D renderer in Flash

Is anyone aware of a general-purpose 3D renderer built with Flash? Sort of like a Flash version of those VRML plugins that were all the rage in 1997, only without the suck? I'm creating a browser game, and I'd like the main viewport to display 3D images. I could render images on the server and feed them to the client, but the demand on server CPU and bandwidth would be prohibitive. I'd love to find a client-side solution. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 on May 18, 2008 - 6 answers

making a 3D wireframe animal shape

A couple of years ago for an art project I made a couple of four foot long geckos out of conduit and fence wire. It was a lot of work and the end result, while pleasing, wasn't quite as finished looking as I would have hoped. I got the idea from looking at beaded wire frame animal shapes you can see for sale in artsy stores. How can I make a frame for animal shapes that represents the original more accurately with less guesswork? [more inside]
posted by diode on Mar 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Cross sections

3D cross section software? is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Mar 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Simple 3D and 3D TEXT plug-ins or Apps

Simple 3D and 3D Text Plug-ins or Apps? [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Mar 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Photos->3D Models?

Photographs → 3D Model of Landscape? I've seen software demos of 3D information extrapolated from photographs — so how can I use this tech to map my house-on-a-hillside into a relatively accurate Sketchup 3D model? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Feb 24, 2008 - 8 answers

How to create fractals within Maya?

Fractal creation/generation within Maya? [more inside]
posted by supyo on Feb 7, 2008 - 2 answers

How to make a picture from a CAD drawing?

A non-technical friend has some CAD drawings of a widget he's making. He wants to make pretty pictures (renderings?) of the widget, with a background, texture, that kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 7, 2008 - 12 answers

What is the best way to realtime-render 3D images on a server?

Does anyone have experience using DirectX in a server-side application? Is it practical? If not, what alternatives are there? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 4, 2008 - 10 answers

3D Physics toys.

A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Dec 26, 2007 - 5 answers

3D Disnezens of the Deep

Disneyworld Epcot's "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" ride: Near the end of the ride, as we travel by in our clamshell wagons, we look through a large window to see various animated Nemo characters projected in 3D into an actual fishtank containing living, respiring denizens of the deep. How did they create that illusion? The illusion doesn't seem to falter with the changing viewing angle of the moving wagon.
posted by bbranden1 on Oct 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Educational video - industry/process overview of 3-D animation?

Recommendations for college-level digital art course : video on the industry/creative processes of 3-D animation? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Oct 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender.

Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender. Including outputting an animation to video. [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Oct 4, 2007 - 1 answer

Best price/performance modern video card?

Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Aug 22, 2007 - 20 answers

What are maya options for learning the software?

How can I learn Maya in two months? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Jul 10, 2007 - 15 answers

Pimp my VR

I have been tasked with creating a virtual walkthrough of an existing space, using some sort of 360º panoramas, with zooming, maybe audio. I am of familiar with QTVR and, VRML, and have heard of X3D, but wonder what the state of the art is for this kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by signal on May 30, 2007 - 5 answers

What Professional 3D Projection Systems Are Being Considered For Movie Theaters?

What 3D Projection Systems Are Movie Theaters Likely to Install? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool on May 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Regular triangulation of irregular mesh.

Given a three dimensional triangular mesh M, composed of irregularly sized triangles, is there a program, plugin1 or algorithm that will create a new mesh M' with the same overall shape as M but with regularly sized triangles (i.e.:all triangles having similar sizes)? 1: For 3dsMax, Rhino, etc. [more inside]
posted by signal on May 15, 2007 - 8 answers

3D Trig question

3D Trig question: I have a 2D square in 3D space (a Face). I know the positions of the four corner vertices in form x,y,z. How do I calculate the rotation in degrees (Euler angles) as relative from the center of the face? I want to end up with degrees of rotations around x-axis,y-axis,z-axis. Bonus if you can write it in pseudocode.
posted by pooya on May 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Getting into 3D animation

How do I get into 3D animation? Should I go back to school or can I teach myself? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on May 3, 2007 - 11 answers

DIMM DDR RAM INSANITY

PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe. 2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller on Apr 26, 2007 - 14 answers

3D animation

I do not know the first thing about 3D animation. help! [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Apr 4, 2007 - 18 answers

Really Cool Video Project

3D Video Project: I am trying to work in three dimensional video just like people do 3D photos. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Apr 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Pleiades in 3-D!!!

Astronomy-n00b question: Let's say I wanted to make a somewhat accurate 3D model of the major visible stars of the Pleiades cluster (say for, oh, i dunno.. an art project?). How would I go about acquiring the appropriate data? [more inside]
posted by Gankmore on Mar 2, 2007 - 6 answers

3D Rage II+ Drivers (or, Can Drivers Be Copied Off Of Another Computer?)

LegacyVideoCard Filter: Can I get video drivers off of the other computer? (or do you know where to get them?) This is an ATI 3D Rage II+ . [more inside]
posted by niles on Feb 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Where is this cow on YouTube from?

Does anyone know where the cow that appears about 2/3's of the way though this (otherwise crappy) YouTube video is from? My 3-year-old son absolutely loves it and I'd like to see if there's more from the same animation, or even by the same studio that produced it.
posted by ssmith on Feb 16, 2007 - 5 answers

3DsMax website plugin to zoom, spin and tag

3D-filter I need to know if there is some sort of web plugin that can show full 3dsMax creations on the web. Spin, Zoom and Tag, more info after the link... [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jan 15, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ?

How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Jan 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Game design software advice needed

Help me help my students design video games. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Jan 12, 2007 - 13 answers

How to create a virtual plant ?

How to create a real time 3D simulation of an industrial plant ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Jan 1, 2007 - 10 answers

pop my ride

I want to teach myself 3d modeling and am looking for the easiest package to learn that is closest to Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 19, 2006 - 8 answers

Pi-ta-go-ra su-i-chi!

In this collection of clips of Rube Goldberg machines for NHK's Pitagora Suichi, was CG animation used? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 17, 2006 - 18 answers

Have you seen this image?

[Beautiful Shipwreck Filter] Two or more years ago I saw an incredible high-res 3D rendering of a ghostly old shipwreck stranded on ice. I vaguely recall seeing the pic on an online forum for 3D artists and I recall many of their comments were simply "Wow." Trying to locate that image and have had no luck. (more hints inside) [more inside]
posted by StarForce5 on Dec 7, 2006 - 9 answers

3D Charts/Graphs in OSX

Help me create awesome 3D graphs/charts in OS X. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Oct 27, 2006 - 6 answers

rotation shmotation

Vector Geometry Filter: I'm working in matlab and need to transform a surface to match an arbitrary angle. I have the unit vector of the new normal (and the original normal is in the Z axis (0 0 1))...however i'm not sure how to rotate one normal to another (i know, i know, it sounds very simple really...) [more inside]
posted by NGnerd on Oct 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Old DirectX SDKs?

Where can I find old DirectX SDKs, or archives of the included samples? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 15, 2006 - 2 answers

Powerful laptop for 3d work etc

My girlfriend is looking to buy powerful laptop to use Autocad software on in it for work. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Oct 9, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me pick a programming language.

I am starting work on my MArch thesis that revolves around the development of 3 dimensional spatial analysis software (basically, Space Syntax in 3D). I am not sure yet what language to write it in. [more inside]
posted by signal on Oct 8, 2006 - 6 answers

X

I can visualize complex 3D objects in my mind, and give them arbitrary rotations. Why can't I do long multiplication in my head? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Sep 1, 2006 - 21 answers

Rotation For the Stupid

Best way to rotate an image or text into 3d space? [more inside]
posted by Malor on Aug 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Is there a 3D scanning service?

Is there a 3D scanning service? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos on Aug 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Random hard locks.

My Windows 2003 PC with a Matrox Parhelia randomly hard-locks when I'm running any 3D application. Does anyone know what might be the cause? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on Aug 7, 2006 - 9 answers

Google Earth 3D to SketchUp?

Can I grab the 3-D buildings from Google Earth and play with them in Google SketchUp? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Aug 2, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I convert a ZGL file to XGL?

How do I convert a .ZGL (compressed binary) file to a .XGL (uncompressed ASCII) file?
posted by Java_Man on Jul 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Fiat Lux!

Looking for a crash course in "lighting" as it applies to photography. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jul 10, 2006 - 10 answers

NuView 3D Adapter Content

Thinking about buying a NuView camcorder adapter (discontinued product, shoots interlaced 3D video) and I would like to see some content before I buy...if there's any way someone could point me to an MPEG/AVI/QT/any type of movie so I could watch/convert it, I'd greatly appreciate it.
posted by ostranenie on May 25, 2006 - 2 answers

Keeping it together … in glorious 3D

Advice on digital asset management/version control for a baby Pixar? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi on May 5, 2006 - 9 answers

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