Info on a program

Discussion in 'Software' started by elam, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. elam

    elam New Member

  2. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Where to go?


    The thing is, you should work with what fits you best, which means, whatever is good and easy enough for you to learn, and make whatever you decide to do. Many people here use Google SketchUp, which is easy and fast, but not all the features are free. Others use Autodesk 3D (not free), Rhino (I guess it's not free, either). You have also Pepakura Designer, and you can get it fully functional for free, but it won't allow you to save your work.:cry::curse:
    Me, I use Blender 2.66. It's powerful and free, and I was able to learn it quite fast, for someone who had never seen modeling before...:rolleyes: Lots of internet videos, forums, and a good wiki page. It's good enough for ME, for I like free software.
    AND there's one more thing: you should consider the software, AddOn or plugin, you'll be using to unfold your work. All that being said, it all comes to one thing: what's best for you.
    Not much of a help, but it's a direction.:twisted:
    All the best,

  3. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Unless you are a very experienced model maker, and very experienced in designing models, these models are way out of yours, and most peoples league.

    If you are starting from "0", then design some very simple models, or parts of models. As far as software, that depends on what you know about 3D software. If you know "0", then you have years of work in front of you. I am just trying to keep it real.

    Rhino3D is $1000 dollars unless you are a student and can prove it, then it is $250, I believe. Providing your computer if sufficiently powerful to run it. I think you are reaching too high.

    Post some models you have made, and/or designed, and maybe you can get an answer that seems more positive, and can point you to a place to begin from. :)
  4. Nosports

    Nosports Member

    I would say you should even design this model without 3D-Software - just to get into the mood and a feeling for paper and all which is needed.

    In my opinion, this model is a simlpe one, just easy simple shapes, could be modelled in 2D with pen and paper. But its a huge stack of work, depending how you descent into details.

    so i recommend first to get the skeleton of the model and then step by step all the body parts.

    So as to software : I would direct you to inkscape or a similar 2D or vector oriented software, because such software is almost natural to work with.
    But if you want to do this in 3D - just look out what suits you best, but then you have an other huge stack to learn (3D-modelling in the choosed software)

    I am a believer in small distinctive steps with clear and feelable goals to see a good progress.
  5. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    This is excellent advice, and to be honest, you don't need CAD software to design a lot models. You actually make it easier for yourself when you can design them manually, and have a lot less money invested in the hobby.

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