3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 139

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models - 139 on 3DVIA.com

Getting from here to there is the dominant theme this time. From a big honking truck to several svelte futuristic vehicles with shoes, toys and intake manifolds in between. Take to the skies in the Kalisto airship or head for space in the Blue Falcon. When you feel like a little time off from traveling you can go relax in the greenway or maybe do some shopping under the great soaring tents. Wherever you are, you may want to keep an eye out for the helpful little spider. Have fun!

The ten best 3D models, one 3DVIA Experience and one 3DVIA Scene uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, September 15th, 2012 through Friday, October 12th, 2012 are highlighted here.

(Easy links to all 138 previous Top 10 posts are right after the current week’s models, Experience and Scene.)

The Top 10:

Nanikstudio on 3DVIA.com

I just couldn’t choose my favorite from the vehicles that Niklas at Nanikstudio has created, so I combined them in one scene. Just imagine being able to choose your ride for the day (or night) from this trio!

The black Tremor Sci Fi Car would be my choice for the longer trips and for business. The silver Minimal would be the perfect companion for a drive in the country or around the sweeping bends of the mountains. The exciting, yet practical, yellow Renault Modus would probably get used the most in the city and when I needed to have more friends along.

Niklas certainly knows his way around with Alias software! You can find more of his work in his Coroflot portfolio. Each model also has his great renderings in the Gallery section. The 3D results have been uploaded in STEP format.


Paisagismoii 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Lagelilian used SketchUp  to create Paisagismoii and show how development combined with beautiful green spaces would transform this city center. [lagelilian lives in Brazil]


Wind Turbine Maintenance 3D Experience on 3DVIA.com

People Wind Turbine Maintenance by Phong is a fascinating 3D Experience created using 3DVIA Studio.As the observer, you rotate around the incredibly well-rendered scene and can more easily appreciate the enormous scale of the wind turbine blades. It would be a delicate operation to move the massive blades for repairs or maintenance.


Spider 3D model on 3DVIA.com

The only thing creepier than a spider is a Spider robot like the one that s014 made using SolidWorks, although this one also has a scorpion-like tail with a light bulb that could come in handy in those tight spots. The first gorgeous image was provided by s014.


Kalisto Airship 3D model on 3DVIA.com

To understand the enthralling beauty and grace of the Kalisto Airship by Niklas at Nanikstudio watch the video and then view the model. The images are from Nanikstudio and stills from the video. The gorgeous model was created using Alias and uploaded in STEP format. I’d love to experience this for real! For more of Niklas’ work check out his Coroflot portfolio.


Futuristic Cartoy Concept 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Every time I see Futuristic Cartoy Concept by Nikola (zenox) I start making rumbling and zooming noises. This would be the winner in my toy box! Nikola modeled it using Blender. All of the images were rendered by Nikola. [Nikola lives in Serbia & Montenegro]


Montreal Context 3D Scene on 3DVIA.com

Montreal Context by tomy is a great example of using several technologies together to create a fun 3D Experience! Tomy used a 3DVIA Printscreen from Google Earth, the GLC_Player, 3DVIA Studio and 3DVIA Scenes. Take the tour! [tomy lives in Canada]


615-290 Lower Intake Manifold 3D model on 3DVIA.com

There’s something about a casting that make me happy. Perhaps it’s because both my father and grandfather made real ones. Perhaps it is that the process is so intense, from the molten metal to the rough casting. Whatever it is, the 615-290 Lower Intake Manifold by Prism at Dorman3DVIA is for an engine, which makes me even happier! SolidWorks was the modeling software.



Untitled 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Untitled by trahner looks like a very interesting destination. It certainly seems to be in the middle of everything coming and going. Trahner used SketchUp to create this intriguing model.


Saucony 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Without a doubt this is a saucony shoe! Using Strata Foto 3D, sturmi has created a stunningly real 3D model of this saucony running shoe. Great job!


LEGO Heavy Truck 4x4 With Detached ROC 3D model on 3DVIA.com

LEGOs and trucks are two of my favorite things, so LEGO Heavy Truck 4×4 With Detached ROC by Alfred (alfredix) is a real treat. Alfred has done a great job designing this truck in 3D and actually making it in his own world. He has a real one in his office! Alfred used LEGO Digital Designer and then 3DVIA Printscreen to create a model for uploading. [Alfred lives in Germany]


Blue Falcon 3D model on 3DVIA.com

Blue Falcon by derbying looks like it would be the strong backbone of a well-equipped space force. It gets down to business and gets it done! It was uploaded in 3DS format [derbying lives in Brazil]


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 2010110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133134135136137 -138

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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  1. Thanks for choosing my vehicles for this weeks top 10! Note that the minimal is indeed in parked in the same direction as the other – you can see it on the seats / steering wheel.

    • You’re welcome! They are fantastic models!

      Sorry for the mistake on the parking. I’ve fixed the copy. I checked it and then double-checked it while writing the blog and made the mistake on the double-check. Thanks for straightening me out! :)

  2. I’ve been away from 3DVia for quite some time. For me it is even more exiting to see those beautiful models here in the top10.
    Like usual Don gave us an excellent selection of models together with a great presentation for each of them.
    Being in this top10 makes me very proud.
    Thank you Don for the great rendering of my model. It looks even more like a real LEGO model. I have a good comparison, everyday in my office ;)
    Cogratulations to the other modelers, gerat job everybody!!

    Best regards Alfred

    • Great model Alfred! I’m glad that you are back and that we have the pleasure of seeing your extraordinary models again. (Glad that you liked the rendering too!)

      Thanks also for the compliments. It couldn’t happen without all the great modelers out there contributing their best. Almost every time I could do a Top 20 if I had time. I do sneak in an extra every now and then. :)


  3. Your love of cars trucks motors and things that move really show in this Top Ten. Thanks for including my scene and video in the Top Ten. There are also some great stuff here besides that, I think you chose the right ones to feature.

    • Thanks tomy! You’re welcome for including your scene and video. It’s great that you keep trying new things and showing us all what our imaginations are for. :)

      I’m glad that you like the selection. The preponderance of things that move also comes from the fact that so many of the models are of action items. I also get a general idea of what folks respond to by how many views each daily featured model receives. None of it is science, but I do try to mix it all up since I like architecture and sculpture and so many other things too!

  4. well i have to say that it is really a nice collection this time
    and its great to see alfredix is back, i have missed him and his great models

    best regards