3D Model Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by .fred, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. .fred macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007

    Could the gurus recommend to me a good 3D Modelling App?

  2. iTim314 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
  3. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Strata makes a suite of powerful 3D plugins and full applications that integrate with the 3D capabilities of PhotoshopCS3 Extended.
    It's very impressive, and easy to use.
    ie: you can directly edit and manipulate 3D objects within a Photoshop document.
    There's a demo available.
  4. ArchiMark macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    As others said, really need to know what your usage is for this in order to give you the best answer.

    Are you going to use this as a professional (ie, your daily job...) or is this for ocassional hobbyist use? This answer will likely determine how much you might want to spend on this...

    What do you want to model? Buildings, spaceships, creatures, trees, cars, etc??? Depending upon your answer, I would change my recommendation...

    Hope you see my points...so, give us some more info and I think you'll get much better input....

  5. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Blender is a freeware 3D modeling app. Don't know if it does what you want though :)
  6. Big Bad D macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2007
    SketchUp gets my recommendation too. I use it for theatre set designs - these can be simple concept models or detailed constructions. It's simple to start using, but has many more complex features to learn. And better still the normal and fully functional non-professional version is free!
  7. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    My only problem with the free version is that I cannot mirror things with it. Through a combination of copying and scaling I can make a mirror image of something, which lets me only do 1 half of a detailed thing.
  8. Big Bad D macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2007
    There are two ways to create a mirror of an object in SketchUp - either using Flip or Scale.

    1. Select an object and right click the mouse. From the drop down list choose Flip and select either the object's red, green or blue axis to mirror the object along.

    2. Alternatively, select Tools and Scale from the menu bar. The object box will then appear with draggable handles around it. Select a handle and drag it in the direction you wish to rotate, before releasing the mouse button type -1 (for a 2D object) or -1,1 (for a 3D object) and the object will be mirrored.

    You are right though, if you want to add a mirrored copy to an existing object then you need to copy it first and mirror the copy. I don't find this too big an inconvenience, and the same functionality exists (or doesn't exist) in the pro version too.

    A good source of information on using SketchUp is available in Bonnie Roskes paper or downloadable books (www.f1help.biz).

    Hope this helps.
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    I second the recommendation for Blender. It has features which put it in competition with programs like Maya and 3D Studio Max which cost thousands of dollars, yet it is free and open source. Give it a go.

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