3D printing is increasingly becoming a part of daily life, sparking a creative and manufacturing revolution, as it's finally more accessible to artists and amateur users through affordable desktop printers and services like Shapeways. That is also known as "additive manufacturing," and is essentially the blending of technology, science and art, with the ability to transform a number of industries including toys, fashion, medicine, electronics and automotive.
It’s essentially a magical process where a machine reminiscent of the Star Trek Replicator seems to create three-dimensional objects out of thin air. We'll go through the basic printing methods & materials, go over some free 3D modeling apps including Tinkercad and Blender, cover methods of working with polygon geometry to prepare our models, as well as cool techniques to lower the printing cost.
We'll then upload the optimized models to Shapeways, the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community, for final checks before sending them to the printers. Though the videos will mostly focus on using Blender, the concepts apply to any 3D application of your choice.
By the end of this Blender training you’ll have learned the fundamental workflows of preparing and optimizing your 3D models for any type of 3D printer.
I was fortunate enough to be selected by Novedge to attend the ACADIA conference in LA to report on their behalf. This is one of the articles I have written for the Novedge Blog, about my experience at the conference, my findings and musings of the workshops and presentations, as well as the extremely fun Hackathon on the final day of the conference.
Read the original article on the Novedge Blog : http://blog.novedge.com/2014/11/architrek-the-next-generation-top-10-reasons-to-attend-the-acadia-conference-image-1-durotaxis_chair-in-o.html
ArchiTrek The Next Generation - Top 10 reasons to attend the ACADIA conference
In our era of digital abundance, the way we approach design is changing fundamentally. It’s no longer a novelty in our profession, but a process that defines our expanding realm of architectural exploration that can inform our design intent, while embracing constraints, iteration and user-input in the creative practice. Through intense workshops, paradigm-shifting conversations and enlightening lectures, the ACADIA 2014 conference strived to expose the bleeding edge of contemporary computational design + aesthetics in the “post-digital” age.
Coming down from the high of this year’s ACADIA conference took a few days of recovery and reflection, as it was an electrifying experience of creativity, applied research and knowledge exchange with some of the leading experts of the field, concluding with a design “Hackathon” that had the participants firing enough neurons to power the entire campus.
The conference gathered an international crowd of over 550 architectural explorers, focusing on computational design through experimental research of generative modeling techniques, robotic fabrication, emerging design technologies and creative coding. New paradigms of computing, experimental practice and innovative ways of design thinking were presented, all challenging the conventional methods in which architecture is generated and experienced. The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) is all about delving into the intricacies of design through research and education, while striving to promote the importance of enhancing computers and technology for the fields of architecture, planning and building science.
Instead of a protracted day-by-day report of the presentations and events, which presented state-of-the-art research and applications in their relative branch of computational design, I thought it would be more useful to list some of the best reasons anyone excited by design should attend the conference. Continue Reading... >>
So, Autodesk took the leap to the Mac by redesigning the minimalistic interface and some functionalities from the ground up, laying the foundations for future growth and increased capabilities. But if you’re switching from the Windows side to the Mac version, there are a few things you need to get used to - for one, there’s no Ribbon! It’s not a full Windows to Mac porting porting of the environment, but an app that feels to fit in the Mac OSX ecosystem, while still preserving the familiarity of the other side.
That’s where great video tutorials come into play, I must watched over 150 hours of tutorials on my iPad while commuting in the past few weeks. The visual learning path - which is the core of “monkey see, monkey do” - is essentially a direct link to the Matrix. Books and help manuals are great for reference, but if you wanna learn fast and effectively, VIDEO is the holy grail. I’ve seen a lot of brilliant tutorials on Youtube and used all the big guns in the professional visual learning field including Lynda.com, Digital Tutors, CGcookie, Udemy, Skillshare,…..you name it, I’ve probably tried it, and they’re all fantastic.
So, to get to grips with Autocad for Mac, I’ve found the Infinite Skills’s course Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 For Mac & AutoCAD LT for Mac - A Practical AutoCAD Training Course That Teaches Real World Skills to be extremely helpful, taking a step-by-step video tutorial series approach to guide me through the recent changes. It’s a practical training course that shows you project-based tasks based on real world issues. The course is separated into easily digestible chunks of wisdom, allowing you to learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you have time to watch them. To enhance the learning experience you can even work with the provided working files to practice the skills shown. Continue Reading... >>
James Coleman has become a popular name in the Maxwell Render community, especially due to his weekly instructional Youtube videos, as well as his work at the University of Brighton. I first contacted James a few months ago when I was getting back into Maxwell Render, and his tips & tricks have been exceedingly helpful to streamline the production process. I thought it was a great time to pick his brains, as the exciting release of Version 3 is just around the corner.
London 2012 Olympic Kodak Brownie project by James Coleman
Maxwell Render is a physically correct, unbiased rendering engine, meaning that it calculates complex light interactions, making it capable of simulating light exactly as in the real world. It doesn’t use tricks to simulate real world behavior like other renderers, everything is reproduced as it is through governing physical equations. A great advantage of the software is that it is cross-platform and has plugins for many 3D applications, including 3DS Max, Maya, Sketchup, ArchiCAD, Revit, Rhino and more.
Examples of Maxwell Render from the Gallery
Maxwell Render is great for for 3D visualizations in design and architecture, as well as film, animation and VFX. I really enjoyed Ronen Bekerman’s Maxwell Render Museum Challenge where designers created some stunning masterpieces to adorn Mies van der Rohe’s “Neue Nationalgalerie” (you can still download the 3D model here )
Ronen Bekerman’s Maxwell Render Museum Challenge winners
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After a lengthy countdown with teaser videos over the summer, Abvent has finally released its highly anticipated update to its cross-platform architectural rendering software, Artlantis 5, touted as a “revolution in rendering and animation.” Along with a brand new logo and long list of new features, it continues to have the “best of both worlds” approach of possessing a powerful rendering engine ,while providing a simple and user-friendly experience.
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The visual fusion between the third and the seventh arts.
Alex Roman has created an animated piece, based on some beautiful REAL places, but - and I kid you not - they are ALL computer generated. As the creator describes it himself, it “tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces”.
The Third and the Seventh arts are Architecture and Cinematography - the rest being Painting, Sculpture, Literature, Music and Dance. The film is an examination of how we experience and record the physical world around us, as a 3D “Virtual Reality” is transformed into a 2D video sequence.
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Welcoming back Eric Bobrow for his third interview on archiCADmonkey. We discuss his new big project, a tutorial series all about an extremely important yet neglected topic all Architects need to be aware of nowadays - Internet Marketing for Architects. For a limited time he’s also doing some FREE Webinars to get everyone started.
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The “Cloud” and Augmented Reality (AR) are quickly becoming standard terms in the tech world. AR is essentially the superimposition of graphics, audio and other sensory enhancements onto the real world, thus “enhancing” our reality, using advanced smartphones or innovations like Google’s Project Glass. Cloud Computing is a revolution similar level to jumping from basic 2D & 3D to full blown Building Information Modeling, fundamentally changing how buildings are designed, visualized and developed.
In this quick interview with the President of Limitless Computing Inc, Dr Errin T. Weller, we explore how these two concepts are affecting the AEC community and the future possibilities of this great technology.
So, Limitless Computing has had some pretty amazing achievements in the past few years, from cloud computing services for Sketchup and Revit to Augmented Reality apps for iOS and Android devices. I wrote about SightSpace 3D in an ArchiMAG article last year as part of the most innovative AEC apps on iPad and Android devices, because I was fascinated with augmented reality technology and what it can offer the future of the industry. How long has the company been involved in developing for architects, engineers and other designers?
Thank you. We have been working in AEC since 2009 when we first saw a need for faster rendering using the cloud. Our friends at Hilliard Architects in San Francisco were nice enough to be our guinea pigs for cloud rendering. They gave us valuable feedback and information on how architects work and what their needs are. Our Augmented Reality technology was the result of realizing that the ideal tool for architects would be to visualize their designs in the real world. Continue Reading... >>
ArchiMAG magazine is now available on the App Store in your NewsStand! It’s a free app and within the app you’ll get a free sample issue.
ArchiMAG is an international ArchiCAD oriented e-magazine, exploring the BIM revolution, showcasing CAD software & hardware solutions as well as featuring case studies, architectural best practices, tips & tricks, and productivity enhancements.
The new issue is packed with interesting articles such as Use of BIM in Renovation of Swedish Theatre in Helsinki and Case Study of Sustainable COR Building by Oppenheim . Also, there arereviews of RIK Landscape Pack and Share your Design collaborative portal, as well as a tutorial of how to photograph and edit interior shots, and more….
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The evolution of tech is always difficult to predict, I mean who’d have thought 10 years ago we’d be using Tablets and Smartphones that mimic tech we’d only ever seen on Star Trek! But it’s always fun to dream, and there are loads of great ideas for future products and technologies, plus some hints of what's just waiting over the horizon. These are some of my favorite rumors and concepts of the future of CAD and 3D technology. From 3D Head Tracking, Augmented Reality, Holographic 3D Interaction with tactile feedback & more….Continue Reading... >>
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This final 2011 issue (#4) is out!
ArchiMAG is an independent but ArchiCAD oriented periodical. The magazine covers articles about software and hardware as well as users. We also share tips and tricks for ArchiCAD users to help improve productivity while using the program. ArchiMAG is an international version of ArchiMAD magazine with a global distribution. The readership consists of architects, designers, educational institutes and students from all over the world.
In this issue there are several articles about working on BIM projects over the internet and how to take designs on the road, also Graphisoft’s CEO Viktor Várkonyi’s article about BIM in the cloud, which is followed by an article about BIMx – Graphisoft’s answer to working on tablet devices.
Also my article (the archiPad : mobile CAD in the Post-PC era) about the influence of the tablets to the CAD industry, several great apps for architects, engineers and designers, as well as the Shape of Things to Come.
Autodesk has been stealing the show for a while on the iOS front, with Sketchbook Mobile (paint and drawing), 123D Sculpt (quick and easy 3d modelling), Autodesk Design Review (review and annotate DWF models), Buzzsaw Mobile (project document viewer), Bluestreak (real-time messaging and collaboration), Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer (3D assembly instructions viewer) and especially Autocad WS, which has registered over 2 million users online with around 4 million drawings uploaded.
Some exciting news has just surfaced about the next release of AutoCAD WS, which will apparently have some really cool features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings, GPS capabilities, as well as “Plot-to-Print” for remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets.
I’d like to welcome back Mr Eric Bobrow to the show. Many of you may remember him from his previous interview on the site, he’s an internationally recognised ArchiCAD expert and author, who has been in the industry for over 20 years.
In this interview we discuss his experience with his highly successful Best Practices Course, which is celebrating its one year anniversary, and his most recent ArchiCAD QuickStart Course, his online Coaching programs, along with his great plans for the new year and more.
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So what does the Tablet Computer have to offer us today, and is it worth all the hype?
Can something like the iPad really bring a new dimension to the CAD / BIM industry and the architect’s design workflow, from simple 2D drawings to complete virtual experiences?
What is the future of “untethered” design via the Cloud and its companion, the Tablet?...