Free BIM tools: Open IFC Viewer

A vital component of any architectural project development nowadays is the use of BIM technology to speed up production and technical documentation. You might have to deal with BIM data to use inside of Blender for visualization purposes. Depending on the BIM tool you have to handle, it is nearly impossible to convert native BIM […]

Finding CAD data after importing to Blender

If you work with Blender to create architectural models, there is a high chance that, at some point, you will receive CAD data to speed up a project. From that CAD drawing, you can quickly start building walls and architectural elements without the need to enter dimensions. By using the snap option, you can easily […]

FreeCAD modern user interface updates

Have you ever tried to use FreeCAD to create either 2D drawings or 3D models? The software is one of the best opensource solutions for CAD. Some people dislike design decisions and the overall usability of the software, but it is something you get used with time after a couple of weeks using FreeCAD. However, […]

CAD Assistant: Free 3D CAD conversion for Blender

Even with all the tools and options related to modeling in Blender, you might still receive models from customers that you have to import to a project. If that model is not in a friendly format, you will have a hard time trying to figure out a way to convert it to something that Blender […]

Importing DXF files to Blender 2.8

As a starting point for an architectural visualization project, a significant amount of artists still tries to import technical drawings to Blender. When you have a technical drawing like a floor plan to guide you with lengths any modeling task will become much more comfortable. In Blender 2.7x we have several options to import DXF […]

ODA releases Architecture SDK 2019.2

Whenever you have to work with formats like DWG or Revit files without the source applications, you start to wonder how to get that data to Blender or any other software. There are workarounds, but they often have drawback like not supporting the latest versions. One of the lead providers of tools to work with […]

Blender 2.8: How to render strokes for architectural documentation?

Here in Blender 3D Architect, we use Blender as our primary tool for visualization and sometimes even for technical documentation. You will find several articles about how we take advantage of Freestyle to render floorplans and other types of documentation for architecture. It does not offer the same amount of tools and options of a […]

How to convert DWG files to OBJ or FBX without AutoCAD?

From all the file types that you will have to manage during a project, the most common is the DWG from AutoCAD, which is also the format for lots of other tools like BricsCAD. Unlike many formats that we have to import to Blender, it is not easy to get DWG data to Blender with […]