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 […]

Convert DWG files without AutoCAD for Blender

As an artist working with architectural visualization you will have to deal with several different file formats, some of them unfriendly to Blender, one of those formats is the DWG from Autodesk. At some point during your work, you will receive one of those files to either import to Blender or any other software. Since […]

Stylized 2d human scales for architecture

A human scale is an excellent resource for architectural drawings to show how big or small is in comparison to a person. If you show a rendered image to a possible customer, they won’t have a clue about scale, unless you add some furniture or human figures. In most cases, furniture alone will do the […]

Blender FreeCAD importer updated

At some point during your work you may have to import 3d models from third-party tools like AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD and others to produce the visualization for that project. Not all clients will send you a fully compatible file to work in Blender, and you will have to find your way around importing the data […]