FreeCAD Small parametric home example file

One effective method to learn new software is by analyzing examples of its capabilities and attempting to reverse engineer the processes involved. This approach is particularly useful in the early stages of learning and can be applied to various tools, including FreeCAD and BlenderBIM. For those interested in exploring FreeCAD, a powerful parametric modeler useful […]

How to Import SketchUp 2023 (SKP) Files into Blender 4.0?

Using Blender to create architectural models is an excellent way to develop marketing materials for a project, utilizing Cycles as the rendering engine. A common workflow involves starting the modeling process in Blender and managing renders with Cycles. But what if you want to integrate 3D data from other tools into Blender? Thankfully, Blender supports […]

18 Free Roof Textures with Displacement Maps

A smart approach to creating complex surfaces like roofs is through the use of textures. This allows you to focus on creating a basic shape and adding fine details with displacement maps. In architectural rendering, utilizing textures wherever possible is key for saving time and streamlining production. The challenge often lies in finding textures that […]

IFC 4.3 Final Standard: Approved and Available

One of the most significant standards for anyone using BIM with open-source software has received a highly anticipated update. The new IFC 4.3, which has been under development for some time, is now officially released. This means it can be utilized in production projects. To review the standard, here is the complete release. A key […]

Blender, BlenderBIM, and IFC presentations online

A trend in the construction business that is hard to ignore is the growing interest in open standards for project development, with a clear focus on adopting the IFC format as the standard for storing and managing construction documentation. If you have ever worked with BIM, you are probably familiar with IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) […]

Poly Haven’s Hidden Alley Project Offers Free Downloads

One of the best resources to obtain textures and assets in Blender’s native file format is Poly Haven. It offers textures, HDR maps, and 3D models. While it doesn’t have a focus on architectural assets, you can find many interesting models to use in projects. To showcase the utility of these assets, Poly Haven initiated […]

FreeCAD with new TechDraw workbench features

Using FreeCAD alongside Blender is a great way to expand your arsenal of options in 3D modeling and technical drawing. FreeCAD offers many tools and features that Blender lacks. For instance, FreeCAD excels with its parametric workflow, providing powerful parametric tools. If you decide to try FreeCAD, which is free and open-source, you will find […]

4 Free Pavement textures for exteriors

When considering projects that require exterior visualizations, ensure your personal texture library contains all the necessary assets for creating pavements and roads. This aspect should not be overlooked when working in such environments. Applying poor textures to exterior surfaces in an otherwise great-looking visualization can create a misleading impression of your work. Do you have […]

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