3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 128

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models - 128

There are THREE 3DVIA Scenes in addition to the 10 excellent models this week! Think of them as a holiday bonus. :) More and more modelers are seeing the value of putting their models along with other free models from the 3DVIA model collection into a 3DVIA Scene to give their viewers a way to see their work in a more realistic environment.

The models for this last Top 10 in 2011 (Top 10 – 129, covering December 17 to December 30, will appear in early 2012) are as varied and wonderful as ever! Each is both beautiful and functional in their own way. From the digital preservation of a historical monastery to the fear-inducing water slide, they all can be admired for the modeling skills and the gorgeous forms displayed. 

Enjoy all of them and your year-end and year-beginning holidays and celebrations! We at 3DVIA wish you all the best of everything in 2012!

The ten best 3D models and THREE(!) 3DVIA Scenes uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, December 3rd through Friday, December 16th, 2011 are highlighted here.

(Easy links to all 127 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models and 3DVIA Scenes.)

The Top 10:

Tours 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Tours, by operamoon, is an absolutely gorgeous way to start this Top 10! You can study and enjoy the forms and surfaces to your heart’s content by going to the model and spending some time moving around it! It was created using a VRML generator.


Pet Shop 3D Lifelike Experience on 3DVIA.com

Pet Shop, by tomy, is a showcase for his 3DVIA Shape modeling skills, his thorough knowledge of  using 3DVIA Scenes, and his unbelievable patience! There are 99 models in this one Scene, so you should definitely be able to find what you need, whether you have a pet or are looking to get one.

The maximum number of models that you can add to a Scene is 100 (including the shop itself), so tomy certainly took advantage of every last bit of content that he could add. Please be patient while it loads – it is worth it.  [tomy lives in Canada]


Ford Tractor 3D model on 3DVIA.com

 This excellent Ford Tractor was created by stonyknoll in exacting detail and uploaded using an IGES format model. It looks like it’s ready to get right to work! [stonyknoll lives in the US]


Monastery PD 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Testproba01 has proven once again the incredible value of using great textures to make your models just heavenly with his Monastery PD . What a great way to document and make historical treasures more accessible to all of us! Google SketchUp is the modeling tool used.


Magicone 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Magicone, by Polin, is just one possible section that you can combine with others to create your own terrifying – I mean exciting – water park slide. It may be meant to provide fun and excitement, but the construction technique is anything but simple – “We use polyester with a glass fiber reinforcement blanket. This is called a composite material with high strength and durability.  We use the RTM closed molding technique, which is unique in the amusement park industry. This is an aviation-space craft production technique. We have over 1800 projects completed in 86 countries.” 

If you really want to have some fun, “Look for ride videos on YouTube, search for “Polin water slides. The company, Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems, is based in Turkey. The model was uploaded in 3DS format.


F-16 Fighter Support Hanger - Bunker 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The F-16 Fighter Support Hanger – Bunker by smike shows his ability to tell a story using Google SketchUp. You can explore his version of what it might be like inside of the Danish Air Force hangers. I love his description of the F-16 itself: “it is very, very lowpoly and is not meant to be a precise or exact model of a F-16 Fighter – I just had to include it since it’s a F-16 support hanger.” I’d have a hard time making a better one for use by itself!

I just can’t beat his presentation (where I got two of the images above) for the details and great descriptions that smike provides, so check it out! [smike lives in Denmark]

_______________________________________________________________________________Crystal Beta 3D Lifelike Experience on 3DVIA.com

Crystal Beta, created by AlejandroStudios, is one 3DVIA Scene that will truly amaze you when you open it. It will be very disorienting and you’ll wonder why you’re moving around and so are the models! My suggestion is to just keep backing up and you’ll be even more struck by the uniqueness of this Scene. As you can see in the images above, you will very quickly shrink to a very scary small size. Just stay out of the way! The gsmith Smart Object Dog Walking has been put to great use here.


111207 4101 Yeosu4 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The spaces, interesting shapes and giant wall murals make 111207 4101 Yeosu4 by THG1 a place that looks like it would be great to visit and see the exhibits or attend a presentation in the auditorium. THG1 used Google SketchUp.


Galileo Gravitator (Night Light) 3D model on 3DVIA.com

This a wonderful and beautiful variation of a Galileo Gravitator (Night Light). Yoana has done a fantastic job with her skillful geometry additions and great textures using 3DVIA Shape. [Yoana lives in Bulgaria]


Griffintake 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Dave (dave_sumn) is quite the intake master modeler! He built this amazing Griffintake using CATIA V5. Somehow, I suspect that these are made into the real thing for use on some of the hottest cars around. [Dave lives in Australia, so keep an eye out for one of these monsters!]


Power Plant Tour 3D Lifelike Experience on 3DVIA.com

Power Plant Tour, by mrcampbell85, is a great example of using 3DVIA Scenes to give the viewer a truly lifelike experience in a place we would not normally be able to go. Take your time checking out the whole facility, but remember – “Safety First!”  [mcampbell85 lives in Canada]


Glass Cloud 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Glass Cloud is another  fantastic model by Jarand (jarandm). He explains his concept well - “I am very curious when it comes to complex geometries and the possibility to experience the shapes and in-between spaces in real life.” Please be sure to visit the model, read his description, and explore his Gallery of images, which includes images of the multiple development steps that he went through. I’ve only included a couple of teasers here, so you’ll have to do some exploring on your own! Jarand uploaded his model in 3DS format. [Jarand still lives in Norway]


I would love to go on the production floor to watch, hear, and be enthralled by Petrin at work. Rfaucher has already made it much more visually accessible with this thoroughly detailed model shown here using 3DVIA Composer.


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 2010110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127

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. Yeay! Thanks for the attention! Merry christmas to you all!

  2. Thank you, Don! :)

    It is a wonderful gift for Christmas! :)
    All models are amazing.

    Best Wishes!


  3. OMG !!!Fantastic, a great selection of models to remove their hats. The quality is first rate. All are my favorites. Subjects very different and all very valid. Really deserve the position they occupy. Congratulations to all models for a job well done. Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Merry Christmas, Don! :)

    Merry Christmas to all from me too! :)


  5. Merry Christmas to everyone! Pretty soon the Christmas models will start rolling in!

  6. Make a wish. Uhmmmm, I have it.