Tag Archive for ‘3D Modeling’

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Thirteen – Towers & Spirals

The king sent a message that he would be here for another inspection soon, which had the master engineer a bit worried. The basics of the main gatehouse had to be completed by the king’s arrival, since it is so important for castle security. Progress on the gatehouse was certainly well along, but not ready […]

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 Shape Newsletter #16 | Top 3DVIA Shape Modelers, August Model Winners

  Links to the Castlemania Stage Twelve blog post and featured models are listed at the end of the article. Links: – Castlemania Stage Twelve – Gatehouse Work – Automotive Assembly Shop – CMD – NASA Mohawk – Ornamental Buildings – Island – Motherboard – Modern House To receive your own copy of the 3DVIA […]

Castlemania Stage Twelve – Gatehouse Work

The master engineer pitched a fit about my plan in Castlemania Stage Eleven to make wagons this time around, since work on the most important part of the castle’s defenses is lagging behind schedule. So plans have changed folks; the gatehouses get top priority now! The three gatehouses are important and vulnerable parts of the […]

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 Shape Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue #15 | See July Model Winners and Test Your Skills with a New Tutorial

  Links to the Castlemania Stage Eleven blog post and featured models are listed at the end of the article. Links: – Castlemania Stage Eleven – Building a Cog – City – Art Moderne – Tableros Ajedrez Vacios – LFD L-SHK SunEdition – Reactor MG – Sunrise Heights – Casa Rivoli To receive your own […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Eleven – Building a Cog

The castle needs a lot of materials delivered quickly to keep up with our kingdom’s growth. Since we’re living in 1275, the fastest way to move things is by ship. We built the docks and defenses. Now we need those ships to start bringing in the goods. The dominant type of merchant ship in Northern […]

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 Shape Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue #14 | Castlemania and June Featured Models

  Links to the Castlemania Stage Ten blog post and featured models are listed at the end of the article. Links: – Castlemania Stage Ten – Floating & Water – “A Street Car Named Desire” – Set Design – House – Caballos – LFD L-WND-XC 2012 – St. Tropez – Quarto Mel – Mountain To […]

Castlemania Stage Ten – Floating & Water

The pace of the castle building has increased to the point where a faster way of receiving large amounts of material is needed. In 1275, when this castle is being built, that means ships! The castle site was chosen largely because it is at the juncture of two massive rivers. Now substantial docks are needed […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Nine – Merlons & Finials

The weather has been good, stone deliveries are regular and labor is plentiful, so a lot of progress has been made. It’s starting to look more like a castle! In the last stage, I showed you one way to build the tower bases and the arrow slits above them. This week, we’ll finish off the […]

3DVIA Shape Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue #13 | Castlemania and May Featured Models

Castlemania Stage Eight – Arrows & Towers

Construction of the basic foundations and the start of wall building leads to the need for the strategic towers to be built too. While walls aren’t complex, the towers are.  The inner wall towers are even more complicated than the outer wall towers, because they contain rooms for living and lots of other castle activities. […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Seven – Progress Review

We’ve been moving along quickly learning how to master 3DVIA Shape and have reached a point where a review of what we’ve covered so far would be appropriate. This review will be useful as a quick-reference guide to help you find the videos, tools and tips that have been helpful along the way. The model […]

Castlemania Stage Six – The King’s Changes

Add Flags! The king has approved the castle plans and has required numerous changes to make it just the way he wants it. The first thing he wants is flags. It’s his kingdom, and he wants everyone to know it! Flags and pennants are important symbols and identification markers. Early on, tomy suggested that we […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Five: The King Approves the Plans

The big day has arrived. The king is surveying the castle plans and town for the first time. He and the master engineer will review the drawings for the castle and then walk around the castle plan, which has been marked out in full size.  The master engineer will record the king’s changes and then […]

Castlemania Stage Four: The King is Coming!

The king is coming! It’s time to get everything as ready as it can be. The town and its defenses are growing stronger every day, but the king’s approval is necessary before real work can get started on the castle itself. The main defensive ditch and berm for the Town Wall has been completed, and […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage Three: More Land and the Castle Plan

Castlemania Stage Three is broken into two big sections; one about adding more land/terrain, and another about drawing your castle floor plan. Both steps are easy and there are many ways of accomplishing the goal, so bring your imagination and let’s get moving. You can see our castle requires more land than just what the […]

Castlemania Stage Two: The Big Picture

In the Stage One article, we introduced our Castlemania Series about mastering 3DVIA Shape and building an incredible castle at the same time. This time we’re going to cover some 3DVIA Shape basics you really need to know about, and one method of making the terrain that will help your castle become a safe place to live […]

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 […]

Castlemania Stage One: The Journey to Mastering 3DVIA Shape Begins

Welcome to Castlemania: a bi-weekly tutorial series designed to turn any 3DVIA Shape modeler into an expert. Castlemania will cover how to use all of the tools available in 3DVIA Shape while you build an amazing castle model step-by-step. Each tutorial will highlight different tools with examples and links to videos that show how the […]

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 – Best of the Best – 2011!

It was an exceptionally busy year for everyone here at 3DVIA! One result was that the weekly Top 10 blog posts became bi-weekly instead. This means that there are 28 Top 10’s to gather data from, compared to 47 last year. To be statistically more accurate, the Best of the Best 2011 compilation now determines […]

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 Top 10 3D Models – 123

We have a great variety of model subjects this week! The bubbles fantasy is one of my favorites, but the boat in development is amazing to look at too. Even the power strip is exceptional! There are also concepts for Smike’s brand new helicopter design and a skyscraper that will make your neck sore just […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 122

It’s a real mixed bag this week! We’ve got everything from an antique gramophone to a futuristic weapons system. There are examples of construction and manufacturing, as well as the finished products. The common theme is excellent modeling! The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, […]

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 […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 121

Power! The power of 3D modeling is in your face with this week’s Top 10. Whether you’re dreaming up the future, rebuilding the past, or imagining how to revamp the old to suit the new, 3D models will help you help others to understand and actually see what you mean. Dig in and see for […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 120

There’s a secret hidden in plain sight in this Top 10. All the clues you need to solve the puzzle are in the models. It wasn’t intentional, but I was having so much fun that I didn’t even notice until it was done. Tomy will probably be the first to figure it out, but see […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 119

Things that move and assemblies that help make them faster are the dominant theme this week. You have a choice of water, land and outer space vehicles to explore. If you want to sit still you can control a process plant, visit an oasis of comfort or contemplate a skull. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 118

Warning! Cars galore ahead. I don’t know what happened, but there were great cars everywhere I looked in putting together this Top 10. I’m not going to offer any excuses as I wallow in showing you loads of roaring, rolling goodies! If you feel like the screaming Skinface, then let it all out and we’ll […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 117

Planning, training, making, and just plain having fun are on tap this week. From a single exhibit, store or building to a big section of a city – we’ve got ‘em covered. How about an entire hydro-electric dam too just for good measure? We also have hydraulic power covered, a conceptual tractor-trailer combo and a […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 116

Launch any one of the models (including the section of a ship’s bow) with the trebuchet from the future and you may never find where they land! If you’d rather stay in the present and indoors, you can relax, have an ice cream sandwich and enjoy the kitchen or the complete house. The Robot will […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 115

Why are those men running across the bridge? We’ll probably never know, but we can still enjoy Lamborghini, the truck or even what looks like a space station. The dam will control the water and the sensor board will do its job too. Then, when it’s time to relax; we have a beautiful home, a […]

3DVIA modeler Michael Petersen hits the big time!

Michael Petersen (smike) has already made a big name for himself here on 3DVIA. Overall, he is #6 in the Best of the Best 2010 (even after taking several months off to teach himself a whole new set of texture skills!) and was #2 in the Best of the Best 2009. He also has had […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 114

About the only thing that’s special this week is that we have a lot of blue! Of course, the models themselves are all special too! From exciting stampings to gorgeous water pumps, you’ll have fun exploring. You can learn some geology or metrology. Or you can go soaring on your skateboard or into the sky […]

3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 113

The ten best 3D models and one 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the weeks of Saturday, April 7th through Friday, May 20th, 2011 are highlighted here. We’re all over the place this week! From a hot club to a cool home and an amazing island city buzzing with activity. There’s a Gundam to crush […]