3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 106

The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, January 29th through Friday, February 11th, 2011 are highlighted here. A great mix of models awaits you this time around. We’ve got plenty of big heavy equipment and a workshop to make and keep them in tip-top shape. There are three different ways to get around on wheels (in addition to the two tracked vehicles). And, we have two places to live and a suave club for your leisure. Let’s have some fun!

*** Top 10 – 105 was the last of the weekly Top 10s. Moving forward, I’ll be doing a bi-weekly Top 10 instead. That means it will be twice as hard to get onto the list. :) ***

(Easy links to all 105 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models and Experience.)

The Top 10:

Xana2 is a great, flowing and colorful logo by magicar. The design is truly beautiful! Magicar used 3DVIA Shape.

Alexandr (Sanya) continues to put SolidWorks through its paces with his Hummer H2. Thanks to the images that he included in his model gallery, we can get a much better idea of how well he did his modeling. [Alexandr lives in Ukraine]

AEC Demo 2 by 3DVIA Agency (Edouard Lorin and Alexandre Delan) fascinates me with the “enhanced visual quality” that they have developed using CATIA and 3DVIA Studio. As you move around, so do the lights and shadows.

If you’ve ever wanted to design and build your own car, then check out Rally Fighter Complete V1.0 08130. Local Motors has a whole new way to let you be part of the process! Be sure to check out their web site! It was uploaded in IGES format.

Get ready to have a good time at L1-Walk by NV123. Google SketchUp was used to create the multiple levels and plenty of seating for all of us. See you there!

Excavator by Rajendra (rajendra038) is a great toy-like interpretation of the real thing. The level of detail is just right and the colors are right on too. It was uploaded using the 3ds format. [Rajendra lives in India]

I really like Un Projet Architurn by Architurn because it is well-modeled and includes lots of details. Check out the rumpled sheets on the bed – they really make the model seem real. It was created using Google SketchUp. I just want to go out in the shop and make something! [Architurn is in France]

Michael (smike) has made the big time with his Maeba MC 285 Mini Crawler Crane.  His crane will be part of an upcoming BUILD IT BIGGER episode on the Discovery Channel! Congratulations Michael! Be sure to check out his detailed presentation. Google SketchUp is Michael’s creative tool of choice. [Michael still lives in Denmark]

Atelier (Workshop) by elsovedeso is a incredibly complete and detailed model. I’ll bet if you look hard enough you’ll even find a coffeemaker! It was modeled using CATIA V5.

One of my favorite things is heavy industrial equipment like Base de Bombas (Pump Base). abamotor has included fantastic details in this model which he created using SolidWorks.

If you view this great LEGO 4993 Cool Convertible (with Animation) by sebwouaib in the 3DXML viewer, you’ll have the added bonus of seeing his animation showing the folding top and the opening doors and hood! It was created using CATIA V5.

Just so everyone knows, the order that the Top 10 are displayed is based on color, type of model and how I’m feeling, not any particular ranking. I just rearrange them until I like the way it looks. It’s as simple as that!

Easy links to the previous Top 10 lists: 001002003004005006007008009010011 - 012013014015016017 -018- 019020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038039040041042043 044045046047048049050051052053054 (seven weeks in one)055056057058059060Best of the Best2009061062 063 - 064065066067068069070071072073074075076077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095096097098099100101102103104105

Here’s a brief recap of what I look for when I select the Top 10:

Variety – One of the most important factors. I try to show models created using lots of different software products and showing lots of different ways of using 3D. I include brief comments on why I chose each model.

Creativity, unusual subject matter and humor – These are big factors. We should all be having fun and feel free to model our passions!

Models entered in the 3DVIA Challenge contests will not be considered – They’re already getting plenty of attention and I want to spotlight models we may have missed.

There is no reward given – Other than the satisfaction of being noticed, spotlighted and being brought to the attention of more modelers. In my personal experience, the pleasure of having my work appreciated is the ultimate reward anyway.

From time to time I will make mistakes and not follow my own rules – I will review these mistakes on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes I will change the post and sometimes I won’t. I will be consistently inconsistent. I am human.

Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged! Your responses will help the modelers and the 3DVIA community as a whole. Feel free to bring other models to my attention and let me know why they attracted you.

(PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier to explore, all photos are linked directly to the model’s page.)

One final note of caution: these are my choices (dswavely) and my choices alone. So, aim the tomatoes appropriately.

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8 Responses »

  1. Thank you for choosing my model is very pleased to take place in the top 10 =)

  2. Really amazing. Good selection. Models of high quality indeed. Congratulations to all modelers, for their excellent work .

  3. http://www.3dvia.com/models/0BC6F60113253709/excavator-3d-xml-file
    The excavator is still here, why was it removed from the list? I can’t click the link!

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