3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 125 – Three Years!!

Through the eyes of a jaguar we take a look at this week’s excellent group of models. From sculpture that is meant to be sculpture to mechanical wonders that could be mistaken for sculptures, we cover quite a range. Purpose and elegance feature strongly in many of the offerings. Fantasy and hard-core reality are in the mix too. Go look for yourself to see what I mean!

The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, October 22nd through Friday, November 4th, 2011 are highlighted here.

(Easy links to all 124 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models, 3DVIA Experience.)

The Top 10:

School would be a lot more fun with these chairs to pick from! School Chair – Molded Collage by Nigel (Nigel_fitzsimmons) is a great system for schools (and other places too!) who are looking to brighten things up! Nigel used SolidWorks to model them.


With the M-48-A3 Patton, Alfred (alfredix) introduces a whole new line of vehicles based on the M-48 drive train. This is one huge model file at close to 60 MB (and even so, Alfred really had to work hard to get it under his 100 MB limit). When you zoom in and look at the detail or visit his Picasa Album, you’ll know why! This is fantastic modeling done in Autodesk Product Design Suite and… (it’s easier if you read Alfred’s comment at the end of the post, since it is so convoluted :) ) and then translated and uploaded in STEP format. [Alfred lives in Germany]


I absolutely love the way Jarand (jarandm) describes his Scene of Greenhouse - “A sketch made for fun more or less. No engineers have been consulted. :) Just an architect with a relaxed relationship with gravity.” I won’t even try to beat that! Jarand uploaded this amazing structure using the 3DS format.


Nikola (zenox) has continued his series of more highly detailed models with his Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011. It’s chunky proportions and trademark Jeep features come through loud and clear! Nickola uses Blender. [Nikola lives in Serbia & Montenegro]


69ZJBEAJ3SA 678 29 by kipungae is a real mouth-full, but stand back and take it all in. Through the wonders of 3DVIA Composer, I was able to show some of the amazing interior detail of this incredibly complex metal press.

The top picture shows the whole thing, the middle has the top of the press removed so you can see the final piece (in gray), and the final shot shows the bottom half of the die buck and its supporting frame and components. The whole thing was done using CATIA V5. Great work! [kipungae live in South Korea]


Vince Home-Theatre Experience by Vince (Vince_M) (now that’s a surprise! :) ) is an Experience that is really worth taking some time to explore its subtleties. You can get a great feeling for the space using the different camera views and can move your view around the room too. Like a kid, I keep running the projection screen up and down and up again! I hope I didn’t break it. Vince certainly knows his way around 3DVIA Studio. [Vince lives in France]


Antoni Gaudi certainly challenged the status quo of his time and has continued to inspire artists for almost a century afterward. Travis (travistroxell) is one artist familiar with Gaudi’s work as he shows with his Gaudi Inspi’ sculpture. Love it or hate it, it makes you explore your own spectrum of forms. Travis used Google SketchUp to model his inspiration.


African Domino Mask by Yoana is a powerful model. It shows the beauty of Africa and combines it with the energy of the jaguar to create a striking mask and holder. It is also a powerful use of 3DVIA Shape, showing mastery of many of the tools available. Get right in there and rotate the model all around to see the full effects of the concept.


3DVIA Composer gave me the tools to combine MLM Etage and MLM RDC by Jmvmenuiz into one version that helps illustrate the details of the design and also show it in a more complete way. The design makes me want to visit and spend some time in such wonderful spaces! The original model was created using Google SketchUp.


The mirror of time passed can allow us to enjoy dinosaurs like the 1971 Skylark CountryCruiser STW modeled by Monty (Monty228) using Google SketchUp – without paying the price at the pump to keep the beast alive. I can easily imagine the floating feeling as you ride down the road, paying close attention to the upcoming curves and planning ahead to make sure you can finesse your way around them. This model is so well-detailed that those memories easily pop into my mind. Wonderful!


Origin 36′ 1 Bedroom by BluHomesInc appeals strongly to my sense of keeping things simple, yet elegantly functional. This is just one of the many BluHomes offerings that have been modeled using CATIA V5 for us to explore and enjoy. To see more of their fantastic offerings visit the company web site.  [BluHomesInc is in the US]


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 044 - 045046 - 047048 - 049050051052053054 (seven weeks in one)055056057058059060Best of the Best 2009061062 - 063 - 064 - 065066 - 067068069070071072073074075076077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095096097098099100101102103104105106107108109Best of the Best 2010110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124

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!

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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12 Responses »

  1. Hi Don,
    very interesting collection of excellent models.

    Thank you for including my tank.
    It is not modelled in ProE, it’s made with the AutoDesk Product Design Suite 2011. Which means the hull was made in Dalias Design 2011 and then imported in Inventor Professional 2011.
    Even the turret was made in Inventor (which was quite a hack…)

    Congratulations to all other modelers. Great job :)

    Best regards

    • Hi Alfred,

      Thanks for the correction! Leave it to you to find a way to make it work no matter what! How many different modeling programs do you already know? Is there a number that big? :)

      Best regards

  2. Too much honor Don :)
    by name I know quite a lot :)
    but with only a few I can work (well I would say, I find my way around :) )

    PS: sorry for the typo: It is of course ALIAS Design 2011, not Dalias… :)

    Best regards

  3. Thank you Don and 3DVIA team! :)))

    It is a wonderful surprise for me.

    Congratulations to all great modelers for their creative and complex works. :))

    Best Wishes, Yoana

  4. I perecat1. Something happens that the name was changed:-O:) Beautiful and elaborate models, yes sir. A varied selection and great quality for everyone. A great effort by all modelers and a nice reward, certainly well deserved. Congratulations to all winners. A really great selection with a very high level. My most sincere welcome to the last to join the community. Good job guys.

  5. This is such an outstanding issue once again. Great work D – seriously. You’ve got a real talent for composition.

  6. I am just always so impressed with the caliber and quality of models contributed. I am excited to help them shine more :D