3D modelling usually conjures up images of engineers using computer aided design (CAD). This is not an unfounded assumption – 3D CAD modelling has revolutionised both design and engineering. However, until recently 3D modelling had no everyday applications and was not an accessible tool. It is slowly becoming more mainstream, as new tools which are free or at least affordable are introducing a new set of consumers to 3D modelling. Some of these mainstream applications are not too different from the traditional CAD software, but there are applications which just make life a little easier.
This is being used by a wide range of users – from designers to architects and even some homeowners. 3D modelling allows the interior of buildings to be created before being filled with furniture, colours and lighting. This provides a true to life model of how the finished room will look. Unlike designing a model or redecorating the room, building a 3D model, first, allows items to be easily added and changed. Interior visualisation, therefore, lets an interior design to be tinkered with at no real cost. This is not only used on residential interiors but is also used for retail spaces.
3D printing has been a slow revolution. It initially started off with businesses but is slowly becoming a consumer revolution. And as 3D printer prices come down, more regular people will use them. 3D modelling is needed to create designs before they go to the printer. The applications of 3D printing are hugely varied. Prototypes can be easily built, replacement parts manufactured and specialist tools can be created. There are endless possibilities for 3D printing, but these are only accessible if the product can be modelled on a computer first.
Everything from Hollywood to the gaming industry and even publishing use 3D modelling to entertain people. In films, 3D modelling is used to create spectacular special effects. It allows them to not only create on-screen characters, but worlds that don’t even exist can be built. They can remove items or add objects and most viewers will not realise they’re looking at a model. Games built through 3D modelling it is what makes them so realistic. It is this push towards 3D modelling that is making video games compelling and believable. All media sectors use 3D modelling in some way. In publishing, advertising and marketing it is used to highlight new products – or even just show an image that would be impossible to get in real life.
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