would this be easily done in blender?
Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:37 AM
http://www.freewebs....ov/pictures.htm(our actual ROV last year)
anyway last year we had someone who used auto CAD autodesk to draw the design for it. he has now left, but we can get the program from the school. im probably the most capable person to do it this year, but i would prefer to use a free program like blender. but im not sure if its too complicated. is mostly making cylinders, squares, and other shapes of specific sizes.
if some one can guide me to a good tutorial, that will get me started.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 03:50 AM
Think of it like this, Blender comes at 3D modelling from an artistic viewpoint, and that is it's target usergroup.
A program like ProE or AutoCad is aimed at engineers who need to make precise drawings and objects easily and rapidly. Blender isn't really aimed at this. It can import .dxf files, but it has no export capability for any engineering formats. Getting any hardcopy blueprints out of it would be something of a task at best.
Blender is like sculpting something out of clay.
CAD is machining it precisely out of a block of steel.
There aren't really any good freeware or open source cad programs out there, at least for 3D. There is Qcad, which is a 2D application.
You might also perhaps look into Sketchup, but I suspect you would run into the same problems there as with Blender.
You might also look at Wings3D, which is strictly a modeller, however, again, getting some kind of blueprint output from it would be a problem.
Both Blender and Wings, as well as probably Sketchup (I've never used it, so don't know anything about it, except Google makes it, and there is a free version) might help with visualizing things and perhaps making animations (Blender only) of a model, but for actually designing something... I think they would be poor choices.
Posted 08 December 2007 - 04:07 AM
There is also BRL CAD, but it is kinda specialized and the user interface leaves a great deal to be desired, but it is free.
Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:38 PM
Seeing this thread, I've remembered of a tutorials that would be exactly what you need. it is called "Precision Modeling - An Engineers Guide"
Check this thread out for site address and short explanation of the tutorials. http://blenderartist...ead.php?t=96553
The Site address for the tutorial is http://www.rab3d.com..._modelling.html
Keep in mind that this tutorial is a downloadable PDF file of 151 Pages, 613 Images, and 4.7 MB.
Hopes this can help you and anybody else interested in using Blender3D for some heavily Technical Modeling.
P.S. I'm just a newbie with both Blender3D and GIMP so I can't really offers advices by myself lol. Good thing I remembered that tutorials for you. :mrgreen: 1st post on gimptalk :mrgreen:
Posted 12 June 2008 - 05:09 PM
A one year thread is probably too old to revive, but since you added useful information to it, I think it's ok. :) Welcome to GIMPtalk too!
Thanks :) though the thread is actually more like 6-7 month old which was on the border of what I would accept as an old enough thread to be resurrected so that why I had to try and see if the forum had any different opinions so I could modify my posting habit here.
Hopefully I'll enjoy the GimpTalk and actually learn how to use Gimp once I'm done with my Blender3D Guide Book. (I'm currently working through one of the older Blender3D Guides to learn the basic of the program and intend to use Gimp as a supplemental image editors for it.
Posted 16 June 2008 - 12:44 AM
I am very glad that you chose to respond to an old thread with such useful and valuable information. The link that you provided that I am also going to post here:
That precision modeling guide is an excellent source of information for someone like myself who has been using Blender for quite some time. I tend to consider measurements and the related methods very helpful in the things that I do with Blender and also Gimp.
Additionally, I personally don't think any thread is too old to revive or respond to. Maybe someone just wants to comment on something very old that they found interesting, or as you did here, you added some helpful information to that thread. All are welcome in my mind.
Thank you for being willing to revive that old link and thanks for such a helpful post.