Some leading free 3d modeling software for CAD users and 3D modelers

Given below, the detailed lists of best free 3d modeling software which can be used for animation, sculpting, visualization, simulate and ender graphic designs.

Wings 3D Modelling Software: It is a free open-source subdivision modeling software that contains extensive lists of selection and 3d modeling tools. It provides support for lights and materials, and an in-built AutoUV mapping facility. The software is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux.

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Sculptris: It is a virtual sculpting software program developed by Pixologic. The software is ideal for sculpture and used to create organic models. Sculptris is developed to work seamlessly with ZBrush. While choosing the “GoZ™” button in Sculptris, your whole mesh will be transmitted to ZBrush.

Open SCAD: OpenSCAD is a free software that is frequently used for producing solid 3D CAD objects. This simple 3d program is compatible with Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.

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Daz Studio: It is a robust and free 3D creation software tool that can produce stunning 3D art for 3D artist or 3D animator.

With in-built file export capabilities, all of your Daz 3D contents are easily imported into other leading 3D software tools like 3DS Max, Mudbox and Maya. Export formats consist of Autodesk FBX, COLLADA, OBJ, BVH and Universal 3D.

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AutoDesk 123D: AutoDesk 123D includes a series of CAD and 3D-modeling tools. AutoDesk 123D also supports the 3D printing technology. It comprises of different tools to generate, design, and render 3D models. There are over 10,000 free 3D models to be utilized in personal projects. AutoDesk 123D supports Windows, macOS, iOS, Android (soon) platform.

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3D Crafter: 3D Crafter is a free real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that integrates an inherent drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. The software allows you to import 3D file formats for some leading software like 3D Studio, AutoCAD, Maya, trueSpace, DirectX and more. All the complicated models can be developed from simple 3D primitives, or produced with 3D Crafter’s Shape Building Tools. Modeling tools can be applied to deform, sculpt, and paint 3D shapes.

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AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition is the best BIM Modeling Software on the market

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, just released AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition. It is the Bentley’s building information modeling (BIM) application that is specifically developed for creating projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity. These are normally defined by the challenges of integrating vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.).

There is a useful feature called GenerativeComponents inside AECOsim Building Designer that offers computational design abilities to delve into iterative design ideas and embed design intent with design constraints and relationships for making design quality and performance superior.

The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition allocates a wide-ranging modeling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications so that the process becomes simple for the engineers and architects to exchange complicated data that leads to loss of information and frequent translations, or even recourse to force-fitting a BIM application apart its premeditated use to model geometry, which is not possible with BIM intelligence.

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition combines the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application, and now expands its scalability with the help of CONNECT Edition’s wide-ranging modeling environment. This latest release offers consistent, translation-free, intra-operability with Bentley’s full multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modeling applications.

All CONNECT Edition applications, along with MicroStation CONNECT Edition, take advantage of the deliverables production automation native in the CONNECT Edition’s documentation center. The documentation center significantly enhances the reliability, quality, and effectiveness of drawing set organization. AECOsim Building Designer can also allow for reality modeling, through which present conditions are procured with photos and/or scans and transformed into engineering-ready reality meshes with Bentley’s ContextCapture, delivering the actual geo-coordinated context directly into the AECOsim design environment.

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition facilitates the users to enhance their productivity and to collaborate over multiple disciplines by distributing content and data in a constant workflow via a widespread modeling atmosphere. With this latest version of AECOsim Building Designer, it becomes possible to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the formation of deliverables for all stakeholders.

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Download cad drawings of Reinforced Concrete Retrofit at discounted prices

Download extensive lists of reinforced concrete retrofitting / repair / strengthening drawing details which are available in cad dwg, dxf and pdf formats. All the drawings are in 1:10 scale.

Seismic retrofitting refers to the alteration of prevailing structures to improve their resistance capacity against seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure caused by earthquakes.

The cad drawings include the following :-

  • Concrete Column Steel Jacketing
    • Concrete Column Jacketing Detail
    • Column Jacket Anchorage to slab beam
    • Column Jacketing Foundation Footing Detail
    • Continuous Floor to Floor Column Jacketing
    • Discontinued Floor to Floor Column Jacketing
    • Partial Concrete Column Jacketing
    • Concrete Beam Jacketing Details
    • Steel Jacketing Reinforcement of Concrete Beam
    • Carbon Fiber strengthening of Concrete Beam

 You can apply these drawings in your project and save significant times.

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Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture Fundamentals – Imperial (1st Edition) – An exclusive reference book for Revit users

The Autodesk Revit software is a powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that works the way architects think. The program streamlines the design process through the use of a central 3D model, where changes made in one view update across all views and on the printable sheets.

Autodesk Revit 2018 Architecture Fundamentals – Imperial (1st Edition) is an exclusive reference book for Revit professionals that briefly focuses on the Autodesk Revit functionality to be applied efficiently during the design process.

Initially, the book explains the user interface and basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools. Then you will be familiar with design development tools together with how to model walls, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, stairs and more. At last, you will be introduced with the processes to transform the model to the construction documentation phase.

The book will facilitate the students to generate complete 3D architectural project models and arrange them in working drawings.

The book includes the following topics :-

  • Perception of the objective of Building Information Management (BIM) and how it is used with the Autodesk Revit software.
    • Administering the Autodesk Revit workspace and interface.
    • Dealing with the fundamental drawing and editing tools.
    • Generating Levels and Grids as datum components for the model.
  • Making a 3D building model involving walls, curtain walls, windows, and doors.
    • Inclusion of floors, ceilings, and roofs to the building model.
    • Generating component-based and custom stairs.
    • Inclusion of component features like furniture and equipment.
    • Arrangement of sheets for plotting with text, dimensions, details, tags, and schedules.
    • Production of details.

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Functionality of annotative dimensions lines in AutoCAD

This is an exclusive autocad tutorial video that teaches you how to add annotative dimension lines in an autocad drawing.

The annotative dimension lines are ideal while going to print a drawing with viewports in various scales.

Fundamentally, the sizes to be edited in the dimension style manager, is same as that will be provided in the paper while printing.

With dimension style manager, it is possible to generate new styles, arrange the existing style, rectify styles, set overrides on the existing style, and compares styles.

A dimension style belongs to a named collection of dimension settings that manages the look of dimensions like arrowhead style, text location, and lateral tolerances.

The objective of dimension styles is to indicate the format of dimensions instantly, and to make sure that dimensions comply with industry or project standards.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

-Edit annotative dimensions
-Produce a special layer for dimension lines (command DIMLAYER)
-Draw annotative dimension lines -scale 1:100 -scale 1:30
-Display and hide annotation objects

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Why Revit 2015 content libraries take a long time to install? And Solutions …

Sometime Revit 2015 needs a long time to be getting installed. It happens especially when the users are trying to install Revit content libraries. Some may also spot that library folds are vacated.

The reasons:-

  • The installer downloads the Revit contents when you run the installer.
  • Depending on the internet link, speed and the contents that are selected, it can take hours to complete the installation.
  • Some people find this rather annoying, even after downloading a huge installer sometime it still need to download the content.
  • There is no straight download link so we can download Revit contents separately. I found that using browser download is much more reliable.

Adding or reinstalling the contents: If the users find that the library is not complete or they want to add default content, then the users can see how to do it in this Autodesk knowledge base page.

Make sure that the users have good internet connection when they do this. Probably the best time is before leaving office and just leave the computer on overnight.

Installing on multiple computers: Downloading the contents on single computer is tedious. Nevertheless, when you require doing this for multiple computers, then it is trying user’s patience. Please avoid downloading the Revit content libraries.

Copy/share the content from other computer: The suggestion is please install the contents only on one computer. If you have all the contents on USB drive, and when you need to install Revit contents you just copy it from there. When you require to install it on other computer, unplug the network cable or disable the internet connection. When the installer can’t connect to Autodesk server, it will continue to install the other items.

After the installation is completed, you can copy the contents from the first computer to other computers. The default location for Revit 2015 contents is C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2015. Copy the whole folder to the new computer. After you copy the files, you need to change the file location settings to the contents folder.

The choice is to copy the contents to server and set the Revit file location to that shared folders.

Upgrade your old contents if you have older version of Revit you can just improve the old default contents to Revit 2015 version. Therefore, you do not need to download the contents at all. You will need to do this for your custom contents anyway.

Unfortunately, you can’t upgrade RFT (Revit family template). There are two ways to do this easily.

Content Batch Utility: Revit provides content batch utility to allow you upgrade multiple files automatically. Revit will open the file and save it without you need to do the operation for each file.

You can find the utility in the installation folder below:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2015\en-US\Utilities\ContentBatchUtility

You can find how to use this utility by reading the readme file provided in that folder.

Bulk File Upgrader: You can also download Bulk File Upgrader from Boost Your BIM. This plugin do exactly the same with Content Batch Utility, but provides UI to allow you do it easily. It works flawlessly when I try to upgrade the whole RVT 2014 folder to Revit 2015 version.

Conclution: Autodesk does not comprise Revit 2015 contents in the installation media. You will download the files during installation. Therefore, if you find it takes a very long time to finish the installation, it is normal. Especially if you choose many contents to install. This however, is not fun when you need to install on multiple computers. It is better to install Revit without internet connection, so it will skip downloading the files. You can copy and configure the file location later, which is much more faster than downloading it on each computer.

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