3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 132

3D modeling is at its best when it is explaining a plan or a process. You can’t beat this outstanding batch of models for doing that and more! Whether it’s the cockpit of a helicopter or the bowls you use for cooking and storage, you’ll learn and understand more in 3D. Concepts come to life and the details are there to explain what’s going on. Enjoy your trip!

The Top 10 3D models will now be posted monthly, so the competition will be even more fierce than it already is. Time to dig deep and bring out the good stuff!

The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, January 28th, 2011 through Friday, March 2nd, 2012 are highlighted here.

(Easy links to all 131 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models and 3DVIA Experience.)

The Top 10:

Completed Project for 3DVIA 3D model on 3DVIA.com

What a beautiful and totally informative model this is! Completed Project for 3DVIA by Mark (markjordan2011) is a fantastic example of conceptual clarity. I only wish it was being built for me! Mark used Google SketchUp and a great ability to translate 2D plans into a 3D experience.


Sikorsky S65 MH-53-J - Cockpit Interior Section 3D model on 3DVIA.com

If it looks real, it must be smike’s! Sikorsky S65 MH-53-J – Cockpit Interior Section doesn’t have the outer skin yet, but it does have many of the really hard parts completed. The instruments are absolutely amazing. It looks like a real pilot and co-pilot could strap in and fly this thing! Oh, that’s right, we’re still missing a few other bits and pieces to make up the whole thing. Smike uses Google SketchUp for his geometry work.  [smike lives in Denmark]


Ecoceane 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Clean oceans and waterways benefit everyone. Ecoceane specializes in providing vessels to do that cleaning and maintenance. Be sure to visit the Ecoceane web site to see the extensive lineup that this SG 460 belongs to. And definitely watch at least one of the videos to see the vessels in action – what they can do is great to see.  Ecoceane uploaded this member of their team using 3DVIA Composer.


ANT the Line Follower Bus 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The ANT the Line Follower Bus, by Pranav (pranav_satpute), envisions a complete change in the way buses help riders get to their destination more quickly and in an environmentally cleaner way. It might take a few trips to get used to having no driver, but soon enough, you’d be comfortable. Pranav created his vision using Dassault Systemes V6.


Stand Nach Staffelung 2012 02 10 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Stand Nach Staffelung 2012 02 10 has to be one of the strangest parcels of mixed uses ever! Out of the chaos, investmentgroup has developed what looks like multiple environments that would actually be great to live in. Google SketchUp is the modeling tool used to translate the ideas into an understandable model.



Futuristic Infantry 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Futuristic Infantry is best explained by his creator Matthew (matthewdoyleart)“A low poly futuristic infantry unit modeled in 3D Studio Max to be used for a 2D Flash tower defense game for PC and mobile platforms. Inspired by Warhammer 40k and Starcraft II.”

What is truly amazing is that this entire model was modeled in less than 60 KB! Fantastic! Visit Matthew’s web site for even more cool stuff. [Matthew lives in the US]


Complete Dieset 3D model on 3DVIA.com

In each image showing Complete Dieset by danielai, you can see the strip of metal as it is progressively punched and formed into the final product.  These die sets are amazingly complex and the accuracy required throughout the process is almost unbelievable. It was uploaded in VRML format. [danielai lives in Hong Kong]


Sporty Crossover 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Ali (alihussein) amazes us all again with his master skills using 3DVIA ShapeSporty Crossover uses every  tool and every amazing technique that I can imagine – plus a few more. Excellent modeling!  [Ali lives in Canada]


Architecture 3D Experience on 3DVIA.com

Architecture is a 3DVIA Experience created by Leo (leofelix) using 3DVIA Studio. You can enter the experience and walk around through the tree-lined paths and around the building too, all with a wonderful city backdrop to make it even more realistic. Great job!


Scoop Bowls Asm Feb3 12 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The hardest products to design so that they are exceptional, are the things we use every day and take for granted. Scoop Bowls Asm Feb3 12 by Punchshot is an example of function and form taken to the level where they are elegant! I would love to have a set of these just to enjoy seeing them and “playing” with them. Absolutely beautiful! They were uploaded in VRML format.


Sealand 11-1-012 Step 37 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Pack a lunch and wear strong shoes when you head for Sealand 11-1-012 Step 37 by Enrrique (perecat1). You’ll definitely have plenty to explore and enjoy as you move around through this  imaginative space with even more stunning buildings! The images are from Enrrique’s Gallery on the model page. His architectural imagination using 3DVIA Shape is unsurpassed. [Enrrique lives in Spain]


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 2010110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131

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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7 Responses »

  1. Surprise :). This is what I call a good return. Thank you for selecting my model. My most sincere thanks. Nice cover, yes sir. I appreciate some changes, the most significant monthly top 10. Many models are left out. All we have to adapt to new developments: (. In relation to selected models that is deserved. Fabulous models varied themes. They have all worked hard. Congratulations to all. Great gift presentation for you too, no doubt a great effort. Thanks;-)

    • You’re welcome Enrrique! It is definitely one of the best. :)

      I’m glad you like the presentation too. With so many excellent choices, it was tough to narrow it down to only 10!

  2. Nice models this week!

  3. Ok, not sure why that comment showed up as asimovic, I’m Oscar.

    • Hi Oscar – it’s good to hear from you!

      It’s a bug that we have been trying to eliminate for awhile now. It pops up randomly and is very disconcerting. Sorry.

      What have you been up to? Hopefully, your’re still doing some great modeling. Can you give us a link so we can see the latest?


  4. I had that error before. I had just commented on a great model. When I uploaded my own around the same time, it showed that the owner was the same as the model I just commented on! I noted that he was also doing a lot of activities too, commented, uploading, etc. I still had owner controls over the model under his name though! Funny huh? So just deleted and re-uploaded.

    BTW, this is my second time typing this out because last time the MySQL or whatever wasn’t working. It said, failed to connect db, Please contact the site admin! Might want to check into that.

    • Thanks for the additional information tomy. We’ve been working on this elusive bug for a while now. We think we’ve got it fixed and then it pops up again. Sigh…