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3D Rendering Faq - Tools
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Posted on Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:49 am || Last edited by cohort on Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:19 am; edited 1 time in total
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A few free 3d modelling/rendering tools:

Blender
Wings 3d
POV-ray

You can also get trueSpace 4 free through one of the cgi magazines..


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Posted on Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:51 pm
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there is also Daz3d while there testing out there program they've been ofer a freeware vertion of it for a few mounths now.


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Posted on Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:36 am
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Non-free tools which can be used free for non-commercial purposes:
  • Maya PLE (personal learning edition)


  • Shareware tools:
  • Moray modeller, a modeller for POVray (see above)


  • Free rendering tools:
  • POVray

  • Yafray (Yet Another Free RAYtracer)


  • Free converters:
  • IGP2POV Converts IGP output to a POVray format



  • "If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." ? Anatole France

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    Posted on Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:15 am
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    More non-free programes

    Bryce3D.com world render (one i use)
    3DMax.com or Descreet.com world render (the one i use)
    Poser.com (humoids mostly) form render
    LightWave .site unknown world render (another one i use)
    MantaRay " text render
    Corrara.com world render (my fovorite for doing cars)
    Vistas3D.com world render


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    Posted on Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:14 am
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    thanks i need to get 1

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    Posted on Wed May 17, 2006 6:07 pm
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    anyone every think of using

    AutoCAD...? Surprised

    of course to be legal it's masively expensive Confused

    [edit: removed reference to illegal acts - cohort]

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    Posted on Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:42 am
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    I found AutoCad a lot harder to use for modelling weaves than Blender. I have tried many other modellers, but Blender always comes out on top. [url] http://www.blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html [/url] is the homepage


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    Posted on Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:38 am
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    maya unlimited is great, but the cost is a little deterring... $2000 is a bit much for most people. I'm just glad I was lucky enough to get a copy for free Very Happy


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    Posted on Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:53 pm
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    Anyone tried modeling weaves in Rhinoceros? I've made some maille working with it and I think it's a great tool. There is also a plug-in to rhino which contains some great materials and a chain creator! Quite a handy tool I say... Coif Smiley


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    Posted on Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:24 pm
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    reason_dow wrote:
    maya unlimited is great, but the cost is a little deterring... $2000 is a bit much for most people. I'm just glad I was lucky enough to get a copy for free Very Happy


    Technically, Maya Complete is $2000; Maya Unlimited (which includes Live, Fur & Cloth) is $8000. Surprised

    But if you want to make tutorials to submit to MAIL or other NONCOMMERCIAL projects you can get the student version for $2-300. You might have to provide proof of being a student at a college, not sure.

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    Posted on Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:03 am
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    I just started out with Blender and am using the wikipedia book "Blender 3D noob to pro". So far it's been a big help.

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

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    Posted on Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:21 pm
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    If you have the money to spend, SolidWorks is the best way to go, in my opinion. Easy to use and it has a boat load of potential. Can litterally link the rings together and test the movement/flexability of the weave.

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    Posted on Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:48 am
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    Google Sketchup?

    I used it to model a mame cabinet i built for a friend of mine, mighty easy to learn


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    Posted on Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:20 am
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    please forgive my ignorance what is RSI?Repetitive stress injury?

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    Posted on Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:27 pm
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    Close Smile

    Repetitive strain injury
    Repetitive strain injury

    Its something us computer geeks have to worry about when our mouse comes in right handed flavours. Also, i work on a poultry processing plant, so i do the same movements thousands of times per day.

    The thing is, mailling relaxes certain muscles in my arm and hand.

    Which is a good thing Razz


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