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3D modelling software?

Postby carefactornil » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:47 pm

Hi!

I'm building a pretty big maze for 2012. I'd love to be able to model it 3D but no know nothing about this type of software. It seems like there's LOADS of things out there but my needs are "fairly" simple.

I'd like to model solid walls, see-thru walls (think trash fence), doors, bridges and roof panels. That's pretty much it. If I could "walk" through the maze in 3D that would be ideal so you can look at it from any angle. Oh, and it's just for this project so it would be best if it were free/shareware and ideally not require a huge amount of learning.

I've used the Fence Designer on Home Depot's site which is really easy to use and pretty cool, but it would only let me build the walls (no doors and bridges) and not walk around the maze. But something that simple would be great.

Any suggestions/advice?

Cheese Simon, UK
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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby Captain » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:47 pm

Have you tried google sketch?
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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby carefactornil » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:50 pm

Nope, but then I've not really tried anything yet!

(Runs off to download Google SketchUp)


Thanks!
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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby knowmad » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:55 pm

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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby carefactornil » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:39 pm

Guys, thanks SO much for the Google SketchUp tip - it looks PERFECT for what I was looking for! I'm gonna have SO much fun with it.

Big love.

Cheese Simon

PS. Here's a small gift in return I made last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy8tlUsFvSg
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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby Sic Pup » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:52 pm

Those three videos are so uplifting, I've viewed them many times when I needed a little boost or got homesick.

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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby knowmad » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:56 pm

Sic Pup wrote:Those three videos are so uplifting, I've viewed them many times when I needed a little boost or got homesick.

Thank you so much for your gifts!

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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby trilobyte » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:11 pm

+1 to the Google Sketchup recommendations. You can get a bit fancier and buy an upgrade with some extra features, but both let you do some pretty cool stuff, and even view them in Google Earth (meaning you could 'place' your maze on the playa). Have fun!
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Re: 3D modelling software?

Postby Captain » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:51 pm

Thanks for the videos and good luck, just don't lose site of whats important, because this is a project you could definitely get lost in.
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