If you can do PowerPoint, you can do 3D design

Posted on February 19, 2016. Filed under: Hardware, Microsoft PowerPoint | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet says that if you’re intimidated by the idea of using a 3D design program to create an object for a 3D printer, don’t be. In this quick article and tutorial video, you’ll see how skills you have with PowerPoint (and other graphic programs) can translate easily to 3D design.

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Muvizu: Create Cool 3D Animations & Share

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf recommends Muvizu to Create Cool 3D Animations & Share them.

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ProjectDragonfly to Design 3D Floor Plans

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on ProjectDragonfly: Design 3D Floor Plans Online.

ProjectDragonfly is a new 3D floor plan designing tool that lets you design and plan your rooms online. The application has lots of features and provides with drag & drop visual editor which makes floor planning very easy. You can quickly build rooms in different shapes, adjust size, add/remove walls, doors, windows, and fill rooms with furniture. All added items can be easily moved around and rotated as you like.”

Pretty nice way to plan without a steep learning curve.

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Floorplanner creates floor/house plans online

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Floorplanner.com “is the easiest, quickest, and best looking way to create and share interactive floor plans. Using point-and-click, drag-and-drop tools, you can make your house plan in minutes, and rearrange it as often as you want. Then you can save, send, and print your designs to share them, or place them on your own website.

It is easy to use and works in any modern browser, no extra downloads required.”

Free for personal use.

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K-3D for 3D modeling and animation

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , |

K-3D is a “free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package.
K-3D excels at polygonal modeling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.”

For Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, BSD Unix, and Solaris.  Use at your own risk.

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DAZ Studio for 3D figures

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Avatars, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

DAZ Studio is a “free, feature rich 3D figure posing and animation tool that enables users of any skill level to easily create stunning digital imagery.”

This is an older version of a pay program that is given away to interest you in the newer version, so it seems to be fully functional.

Characters, animals, props, vehicles, backgrounds, more.  Examples are on the web site.

Might be a way to do a really original avatar, too!

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Blender for 3D art

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on Blender, a “3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback” program.

It is available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.Mostly a bug-fixing release, but it also adds a few new features like subsurface scattering (SSS) support and two new composite nodes. Version 2.46 includes cloth and fur simulation, physics caching and baking, shading, glossy reflection and refraction, raytraced soft shadows, improved rendering features, and more.

For Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista.  Freeware, registration required.

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