3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 129

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models - 129

Inside or outside, moving or stationary, hot or elegant, wild or relaxing – we’ve got you covered! Pick up that fiddle and get a move on to see this week’s 10 best!

The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Scene uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, December 17th through Friday, December 30th, 2011 are highlighted here.

(Easy links to all 128 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models and 3DVIA Scenes.)

The Top 10:

Spinetest 3D model on 3DVIA.com

We’re familiar with Heart in Your Hand’s work with heart defect models, but Spinetest, modeled by hyhteam, is in a whole new realm. The presentation of the x-ray film along with the 3D model is fantastic for visualizing the surrounding tissue and for providing an axis for checking misalignments. It was uploaded in OBJ format [Heart in Your Hand is in the US]


CircuitWorld for CircuitSummit 2012 3D Scene on 3DVia.com

Join the party at the CircuitWorld for CircuitSummit 2012, created by CircuitSoft using 3DVIA Scenes. There’s no excuse for not having a good time watching the fireworks and seeing the whole place change colors! [Circuit Soft is in the US]


Chopper 3D model on 3DVIA.com

It’s just plain gorgeous and top-notch modeling too! Chopper, created by Gopal (gopalakrishnan), knocks my socks off. The details are exceptional and the decorative artwork is particularly well done. Gopal used SolidWorks.


3DFinal 3D model on 3DVIA.com

When it’s time to kick back and enjoy your private time; 3DFinal, by arkitec3, looks like a great place to do it. The things you’ll need will fall readily to hand in this beautifully designed space. I especially like that there are books everywhere. I have a stack of about 10 beside my bed too. :) Arkitec3 used Google SketchUp.


IC Setups 3D model on 3DVIA.com

I can’t even begin to explain IC 1 Setups, by LVDP, so you better go to the model and read about the four different Alternative Internal Combustion Engine concepts, which were modeled using Google SketchUp. For even more details go to the web site.


Violin 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Violin, by Puss_in_boots, is a delicious blending of the classic with the latest technology and it even has a big helping of attitude thrown in (check out the bridge image). Wouldn’t you get a rush listening (like I’m doing as I type this) to The Devil Comes Back to Georgia played on this?  Puss_in_Boots used CATIA V5 to create this masterpiece.


M149A2 Water Trailer 3D model on 3DVIA.com

If you need to move it and happen to have something stong enough to pull it, then Alfred (alfredix) has the trailer for the job! Both his M149A2 Water Trailer and the M105 1.5Ton Cargo Trailer are based on his M103 Trailer Chassis. It seems to me that you could have quite a party with all of the goodies you could carry in just one trip! One truck brings the food, another brings the drink, and both are needed to get everyone home safely!

Alfred did his meticulously detailed modeling using Autodesk Product Design Suite, then translated everything into STEP format for upload. [Alfred lives in Germany]


JW-150-M-5 - Kopia 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The JW-150-M-5 – Kopia by JW-Boats is a beautifully proportioned boat and presented in a way that demonstrates the importance of station sections in creating properly faired and functional hulls and the appropriate superstructures. Great job! It was uploaded in 3DS format. [JW Marine Design is in Sweden]


Christmas Tree 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Being somewhat mechanically-minded, I absolutely love Christmas Tree by VolumePlus! It’s beautifully sculptural and the decorations really make it humorous too! It might take up some extra room in the off-season, but I’d love to have one all my own. It was uploaded in VRML format.


Lockheed Martin Sniper XR Listening Pod 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Smike puts an amazing amount of effort into each of the multitude of sub-assemblies that make up his complete models. Here he has presented a single pod so that we can appreciate some of that hard work. The Lockheed Martin Sniper XR Listening Pod is aerodynamic and gray, like a lot of things on armed forces aircraft. Then you see the detail of the business-end of this pod and your attention perks right up! Smike’s attention to detail is mind-boggling.

The next time you see one of smike’s complete models, remember this single element and spend more time checking out ALL of the goodies. Smike uses Google SketchUp for his modeling and PaintShop Pro for his incredibly detailed graphics. [smike lives in Denmark]


McLaren MP4-26 3D model on 3DVIA.com

This amazing McLaren MP4-26 has been created by tbradd. A modern F1 car is an aerodynamically and mechanically complex beast. Despite the problems that he has had with his Google SketchUp textures not behaving well in our model viewer, tbradd persevered and it shows! McLaren would be proud of him!


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 2010110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128

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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10 Responses »

  1. Hi Don,

    this is a great start in the New Year. Excellent models and 2 of my Trailers among them. What more can I ask for :)

    You did a great job in preparing the pictures. I like the way you arranged the comparison between all trailers. And the rendering is very nice. Great job, I like it a lot.

    Congratulations to all other modelers this week.
    Good work, keep going.

    Best regards

    • Hi Alfred,

      It is a great start to the New Year! Congratulations!

      Thanks for your compliments on the presentation of your work. I’m never really sure whether folks even notice, but then I remember that I’m trying to present each model in the best possible way, so that the modeler gets the spotlight. Then I’m more willing to try some different things that fit the situation. :)

      Here’s to the New Year and to the “Best of the Best – 2011″, which will be up next week! :)

      Best regards

  2. Hi Don

    Thanks for Selecting the model. and the other models are too good that ranking them becomes very unfair. this is a very good new year gift. Enjoy and Happy new year to all Viewers and Designers

    • Hi Gopal

      You’re welcome – you did all the hard work!

      As it says farther down in the post, I put the models in order that is pleasing to my eye (and hopefully your eyes too) and the order is not meant to imply any ranking beyond being in the Top 10. There are many other excellent models that were on the short list for consideration. It drives me a little crazy each time, trying to choose only 10. :)

      Happy New Year to you as well! :)

  3. Excellent work guys. Excellent. Congratulations to all.

  4. They are all good! Another successful top ten.

  5. Don,

    Once again a great Top 10. Thank you to all those who have and continue to contribute their excellent work to the 3DVIA Modeling Community.


    • Eric,

      Thanks from me and for all the great modelers that we have here in the 3DVIA Modeling Community! They do the hard work, I just get to put the spotlight on them and be amazed. :)