Import IFC files to Blender with IfcOpenShell

What exactly is an IFC file, and why someone working with architectural visualization would like to import IFC files to Blender? An IFC file is standard file format that can be used to share data generated by BIM tools like Revit, VectorWorks and ArchiCAD. It was created by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability) and […]

DraftSight: Freeware CAD tool available for Linux

Here is some interesting new for artists looking for a CAD tool that works with Linux. A tool called DraftSight now has a version that work with Linux, and by what I could dig about the too, it`s pretty much a good alternative to AutoCAD and with the ability to read and edit DWG files. […]

FreeCAD: Using the BSpline and extrude

Here is another tutorial about FreeCAD, which is an open-source alternative to AutoCAD. If you are looking for a way to work with CAD on Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and replace AutoCAD, then you should consider looking into FreeCAD. In the video below, you will be introduced to the Bspline tool of FreeCAD […]

FreeCAD: Using geometry constraints for 2D CAD

A great companion to Blender for any architectural visualization artist using only open source software is an open source CAD tool. From all the available options, FreeCAD is one of my favorite choices in this area due to the already great number of features, and the active development. In fact, we have some great new […]

Free tutorials about Revit for Architecture

A lot of my students still rely on CAD tools like AutoCAD to develop their projects. And it is not only with students, but architects that started to work with CAD tools on the early stages of their professional life, are resistant to migrate to such technologies. I remember that after a quick visit to […]

AndCAD: CAD for Android

A few weeks ago Autodesk announced that they will be releasing a version of AutoCAD for Mac Os X and iOS. This will enable users to view their projects on mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. But, this is not the only option to work with mobile devices. If you own an Android phone […]

CADuntu: Another open source AutoCAD alternative

For those of you who are trying to find a good alternative for AutoCAD, especially if the option is an open source software, it may become hard to find one that fits most of the needs of an architectural visualization artist. Due to the great number of options, it is always good to take a […]

Tutorial HeeksCAD: Another free AutoCAD alternative

Among all free alternatives to AutoCAD we have FreeCAD and HeeksCAD on top of the list as the best options for open source CAD solutions. Last week I already posted a small tutorial I found about how to use FreeCAD and today we keep going with the free CAD series and the tutorials shows how […]