Tag Archive for ‘3D CAD’

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 140 – Four Years!

Time to party! This Top 10, #140, marks four years of gathering the best models uploaded to 3DVIA. That means over 1,400 models and close to 700 individuals have been recognized and spotlighted as the best. Congratulations to all of you for contributing such great models. I hope that we all can continue to share […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 139

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 […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 138

Futuristic concepts and models dominate the Top 10 this time around. You can stay earthbound with some show-stopping transportation or head for outer space for even more adventures. If you choose to stay here on Earth you can still cruise in style to a beautiful home or elegant urban or rural buildings. Jump on board […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 137

From deep outer space construction to deep sea diving we’ve got you covered this time. Toss in some beautiful homes to live in and several ways to get to them and add just a pinch of humor to end up with a delightful blend of Top 10 ingredients. Hope you’re hungry! The ten best 3D […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 136

Variety is one of the things that I always look for in the Top 10. This week we have models from inside our own mouths all the way to the outer reaches of space. The fantastic imagination and quality of the models continue to amaze me. Take a trip and explore each model carefully. You’ll […]

Tips & Tricks – 3DVIA Shape Mini-Tutorials

Here are direct links to 34 basic 3DVIA Shape mini-tutorial videos. After the link to the video is a link to a starter model that may help you follow along with the video. Nothing fancy, just the list. Dig in and have fun! 1 How to Box Select – Here is a link to the […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 135

Water, sculpture and power are the driving forces this week. Explore new worlds in and on the ocean. Enjoy the thought-provoking sculptures resulting from amazing 3D modeling. Imagine the power of two supercars, a race car, a tank or the highly tuned parts of a race car engine. It’s all there. Now we just need […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 134

Elegant luxury is found everywhere in this Top 10. From super yachts to super cars and elegant dinners, there are many ways to indulge yourself. For the more adventurous amongst you, we have a hefty helping of urban settings to explore and several vehicles for the air, land and sea! Just watch out for the […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 133

Fun is a big factor in this month’s Top 10. You can go a zillion miles an hour, take a swim, blow things up, get shot into the sky, party hard, explore an amazing cityscape, be enthralled by the elegance of a granary or relax all by yourself with the most comfortable headphones you’ve ever […]

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 […]

Tips & tricks for building complex 3D models: Featuring 3DVIA Modeling Community Member “smike”

The 3DVIA Modeling Community has many highly qualified modelers who demonstrate various ways to create model geometry and textures. One of the best is smike, who has been a 3DVIA Featured Artist, had his work included in 3DVIA’s Best of the Best 2011-2010-2009, as well as numerous 3DVIA Top 10 3D models posts. Smike’s work […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 131

We’re definitely going places this time around with the Top 10! Whether you want to get there in a car, bus, ship, or even a dirigible – we’re ready to go. Just be careful around the trailer full of explosives if you’re on the way home or to visit the Grand Palais! The ten best […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 130

Hold on to your hat if you get close to the fury of sound from the blue roadster or take a ride in the exquisite yacht! If you’re feeling elegant, pick up your luxury bag after appreciating the gorgeous flower arrangement and head out. You have two choices of beautiful homes and two wonderful places […]

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, […]

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 […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 127

This has been the hardest Top 10 that I’ve done so far. There were so many deserving models that I could barely keep up with them. Making the selections was extremely difficult! What a great group of modelers we have here on 3DVIA! Thank you all for your tremendous work!  The ten best 3D models […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 126

Lots of building going on this week! Everything from guitars to stores and homes, complexes and all the way to an entire solar system! And, of course, let’s not forget the mobile AA weapons system, the truck or the bridge and sculpture too. Dig in and find what you like the best! Just a note […]

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 […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 124

Forts – and more forts headline the week. We have three different entries into a 3D fort-making competition. The element of competition is also there underwater with a great underwater glider. Not all water is clean and sparkling, so we have some of the equipment that takes care of waste water. There’s even a quadricopter […]

3DVIA Shape Tips and Tricks

Here are more than 30 video tutorials filled with tips and tricks on how to get the most of 3DVIA Shape’s amazing new features! Check them out now, gather your ideas and start making them real. Refer back here often to be reminded of the wealth of new ways to create 3D models in ways […]

3D CAD + 3DVIA Studio = Cool Apps!

“3D Modelers” usually fall into three major groups: 3D Design Engineers (CAD design) 3D Artists/Animators (Digital Content Creators – DCC) Architects/Interior Designers However, all three groups of “3D Modelers” use very different software tools, and rarely do you see much overlap, as 3D software is built specifically by industry. HOWEVER…when it comes time to communicating […]

Introducing 3DVIA Shape 3.0 with Freeform Deform

The 3DVIA team proudly presents the latest version of our free 3D modeling software 3DVIA Shape (Version 3.0)! It is the most feature rich release to date!  This new version extends powerful “freeform” modeling to everyone, allowing users to create smooth curved surfaces for boats, planes, rockets, or anything within a user’s imagination. Here’s a […]

Tips & Tricks: Uploading to 3DVIA (DCC)

As mentioned in our first Tips & Tricks post, DCC stands for Digital Content Creation.  It is the industry term defining the use of 3D applications like 3DVIA Shape, Maya, 3D Studio Max and XSI  and the creation of 3D content for use in films and real time interactive applications like games and virtual training. […]

Tips and Tricks: Uploading to 3DVIA

  There are well over two dozen different 3D applications with a variety of tools and complexity in use by 3D artists around the world today. Our website, 3DVIA supports the majority of these programs through a few key file formats and texture formats.  In this series of articles we will discover the best ways […]

3D Engines: Better than a Hemi!

Delving into the software that power our 3D interactive environments or Game Engines can get very technical and daunting.  Considering the number of solutions out there, and the different terminology used to describe them, it can also get very confusing.  In this article we will define what a Game Engine is, a few different types […]

Immersion Techniques in 3D Environments

In games, 3D guided tours, games, environmental demos, games, architectural presentations, games; no matter the scene, the purpose is always to make the user feel like he’s actually in your demo.   To create the illusion of being part of the world, developers use various techniques to maintain the illusion throughout the experience. In this article […]

Shape 2.1 Update

Making 3DVIA Shape even easier! The latest upgrade for 3DVIA Shape, 3DVIA’s free, online 3D modeling software, is now available for download.  Developed to specifically address user feedback, the new upgrade features several key product enhancements, including improved UI for object manipulation. Now 3DVIA Shape users will be able to more easily scale, position, and […]

Using Template Files in Shape 2.0

Why do things more than once? Whatever your passion is in 3DVIA Shape 2.0 modeling, you can create template files like gsmith has and save enormous amounts of time. He shows us how valuable it is to create a single model containing a bunch of common elements that we can then select, copy, re-position and re-texture to […]

3DVIA Featured Artist – Matthew Viets

mvcomputers (Matthew Viets in the non-virtual world) is a regular 3DVIA contributor that many 3DVIA vistors will immediately recognize from his profile thumbnail. Matthew always has something positive to say about other models while uploading a steady stream of his own excellent 3D contributions. He has been our 3DVIA Challenge winner three times! His 3D cell phone, Pontiac […]

Vehicle Design 102: Games

  In my previous blog we talked about individual vehicle design.  In this blog we will explore vehicle design for games. There are a few considerations you must keep in mind when designing vehicles for games, today we’ll cover 3: Mobbing up, Flavor, and Balance. Mobbing up No man is an island, in games, no […]

Vehicle Design 101

   Often once you build a vehicle, you want it to do everything well, to handle any obstacle and take on entire countries by itself!  What started out as a troop transport, is now an amphibious Monster Truck with 8 gun turrets, 18 missiles, 40 rocket launchers and 2 miles per gallon that has the […]

Tips and Tricks for Staying on your Polygon Diet.

From graphics to persistent 3D worlds, there will come a time when you will have to model with a polygon limit.  I’m sure by now you’ve noticed how quickly and silently your polygon count rises as you model.  In today’s blog, I talk about a few ways to help stay under your polygon limit and still end […]

Can Your Model Be Used in a 3DVIA Shape Remix?

The release of our free 3D modeling and publishing software 3DVIA Shape was exciting news. The expanded remix capability allowing users to reuse 3D models pulled from our content library now extends 3D content creation to just about anyone who can handle a mouse and PowerPoint. It is, as they say…just that simple. This is […]

Introducing Shape 2.0!

Drum Roll please…     Introducing 3DVIA Shape 2.0!! 3DVIA is proud to announce 3DVIA Shape version 2.0! With this latest version of our popular free, 3D modeling tool, it is now easier and faster to create, edit and publish any 3D object or scene in minutes. This is made possible with the newly revamped Remix feature! With Remix […]

Shape 101: Understanding What 3D Really Is

As we are thrown into an increasingly computer-savvy world, it seems the term “3D” comes up more and more. Whether it relates to the 3D you might see in the movies, the 3D in a brochure, or something entirely unexpected, 3D is everywhere. While you hear the term and see examples often enough, do you […]

3 – Viewpoint – The making of “Captain Morgan and his Starship Pirates”

In Episode 2 of the making of “Captain Morgan and his Starship Pirates” we explored some basics about drawing lines that user m2morgan64 had to master before he could create his exceptional models using 3DVIA Shape for his game under development. Next, we need to be sure that we really know what we’re seeing. If you are […]

2 – Line Basics – The making of “Captain Morgan and his Starship Pirates”

In Episode 1 of the making of “Captain Morgan and his Starship Pirates” we defined our goal to highlight the creativity that user m2morgan64 has shown as he creates models using 3DVIA Shape for his game under development. One of his latest starships has exceptionally graceful wings: As in any endeavor, he had to start at […]

1 – INTRO – The making of “Captain Morgan and his Starship Pirates”

3DVIA member m2morgan64has been very busy making excellent models using 3DVIA Shape. This is unusual all by itself, but it’s especially unusual because his real goal is to create his own game – “Starship Pirates”! Check out his new “Starship Pirates” group. Without trying, he has exemplified what 3DVIA is all about – trying to […]

Spot the Fake! Walkthrough

I recently posted a 3D Model on 3DVIA that asked you to spot the fake crate from the “real” crate.  I am going to go through the process of how I made it in this blog. Modeling the full detail Crate This was fun to make! A nice simple crate that everyone can make at […]

3D or not 3D, The world of UV editing.

That is the question isn’t it?  After you spend all this time making this wonderful 3D Model, you have to work in 2D space to create the UV’s.  Barbarism! you say?  But its true.  In today’s blog we’ll go into what UV’s are and why they are so important. UV’s UV’s are 2D representations of […]

Poly Flow, The Way of the Modeler.

After my first 2 blogs (Not All 3D Content is Created Equal, Modeling for games, Why does it look so good?) covering the need for and the how to create great looking low polygon models, I thought we could get into some of the techniques used to create models effectively.  Lets look at the Letter D, as its […]

Modeling for games, Why does it look so good?

In my previous blog post we talked about how games need to render everything in the scene at 30 frames per second. To accomplish that you have to make models with as few polygons as possible but make them look just like they were immensely high poly. How is that possible? Baking Textures One way […]

Not all 3D Content is Created Equal

Hey guys and gals, We have a wide variety of content on the site now, and I wanted to go through and detail what these models that we are all making could be used for. This is so in the near future we can start sections dedicated to each discipline. 3D Models are used in […]

Introducing the Latest 3DVIA Shape with Advanced Texture Skewing

We recently released an updated version of 3DVIA Shape that has already hit the blogoshpere.  The key feature of this release is designed to speed up and simplify your modeling workflow – Advanced Texture Skewing.  This enhancement provides the ability to automatically correct the perspective of an image to fit the shape of your model […]

Start with the best – Remix the rest

Remixing is one of the most powerful Shape tools in 3DVIA. When a 3dxml model created in Shape catches your eye, you can use it as a starting point for your own versions and also as a valuable learning tool. A great case in point is the CocaCola truck meticulously modeled by Rguyen. Just a […]

Thinking INSIDE the box

It’s really great when you toss something out there and people start using it the way they think it should be used! One just never knows what people will come up with. mvcomputers has provided us with a great example of thinking ‘Inside the box’. Some of you may have skipped right over an odd […]

Tutorial: Back to Basics with 3DVIA Shape

For my first 3DVIA Shape tutorial, I thought I would go back to basics and pull out one of the starter tutorials from the 3DVIA Shape documentation files. We have tried very hard to ensure that 3DVIA Shape is a product that is simple enough for the average consumer to express their ideas in 3D.  […]

Learn to Walk Before You Run . . . Changing Viewpoint in 3DVIA Shape

Before you create your first 3D model, it is important to have a clear idea of how to move around in 3D. A basic mistake we see many first time Shape users make, is trying to create a model, before they even know how to view that model. We call this mistake “Running before you […]

Introducing 3DVIA Shape Beta

We are proud to announce the availability of 3DVIA Shape Beta, our new and easy to use 3D modeling application that is free to install and use! With just a few clicks, anyone can easily Shape & Share their ideas in 3D. Shape Your Ideas! 3DVIA Shape will bring your ideas to life thanks to […]

New 3D Experiences: TVnima & Diego’s Mudboarding

Two new great 3D experiences this week. With TVnima become the new TV show director! TVnima allows anyone to create a virtual TV news program using their personal media (photos, images, videos). You can add a voice and import media, choose your camera angles and presenter gestures in just a few clicks. Diego Mudboarding Help […]