Art Mesh: Free tool to convert triangles to quads

The topology of a 3d model can become a problem when we deal with animations and non-regular models made of triangles and lots of n-gons. If you have a 3d model like that, its mostly certain that any kind of deformation will generate artifacts. In architecture its not common to have this kind of problem […]

Free open source normalmap generator

The first thing that comes to mind when we have a project to model is to create everything using polygons, which in some cases can be a bad move. You will end up with a lot of geometry in your model that could be shown using nothing more than textures. That is an extremely good […]

Is SketchUp Make really free for architects?

What is the best option for an architect to work with 3d models and visualization of their projects? I always get this question from fellow architects every time the subject comes to the table. And you can imagine that my answer starts with the “B” letter. But, it’s quite common to be questioned about how […]

Modeling a chair with polygons for architecture

It is always nice to watch some modeling tutorials made with other 3d softwares, but that can be used in Blender. And almost any tutorial that uses polygon based 3d modeling can be used with Blender, depending only on the efforts of the artist to adapt the technique. In the tutorial below you will find […]

MachStudio Pro is now a free download for GPU Render

The number of options for people interested on jumping in GPU renders is getting bigger everyday. I just saw that the company behind MachStudio Pro, which were a commercial solution to create GPU based renders, just changed their business model to focus on consulting and training, and decided to give MachStudio Pro for free. Before […]

Match photo tutorial with SketchUp for architecture

One of the features of SketchUp that I really like for architectural visualization is the Match photo tool. With this tool we can align the perspective of any photo to the axis of the SketchUp viewport. This allows us to create an architectural model based on a real building, using a photo as reference. If […]

Free SketchUp plugin for modeling structures in 3D

From all the parts of an architectural project, there is one that doesn’t show up on visualization very often. I’m talking about the structural elements of a building, and since almost on every project this type of element if hidden by walls, we don’t have to model them in 3d. But, in some cases those […]