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Old Sep 28, 2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Cheap 3D imaging program!

I want to make a cool looking 3D image (or even a quicktime rotating view of an object) for a class project. Nothing serious just for fun and to impress the proffesor. I know a CAD program would do the trick (I am an engineer so I have worked with numerous such programs) I would prefer a CAD program but I know there arent many for mac (not to mention not many that are free).

PS I have photoshop and a full macromedia package, is there a way to do a 3D sort of image (with lighting effects and such) with either of these?
Thanks for your help!
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 05:02 PM   #2
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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Maybe Blender? I havent used it but someone once metioned it to me. And it runs on everything, Last time I checked it was free.
http://www.blender3d.com/
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 06:02 PM   #4
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Blender looks awesome, but every time i fire it up, i have no idea what i am doing. Can anyone point me to a good online guide?
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 06:18 PM   #5
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i would actually suggest wings 3d http://www.wings3d.com/ i learned most of it on last saturday with the users manual that you can download from their site. its very easy to use
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 06:53 PM   #6
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Blender looks awesome, but every time i fire it up, i have no idea what i am doing. Can anyone point me to a good online guide?
You can find info on books here:
http://www.blender3d.com/cms/Manuals___Books.111.0.html

I would also recombined joining in on the discussion boards, found on the blender site. I think that you will find that the community is very friendly. I think that there are also some pdf files floating around on the site.

Also be sure that you check out the tutorials:
http://www.blender3d.com/cms/Tutorials.243.0.html
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