List of open source and free alternatives to AutoCAD

I got a lot of messages and questions about how to use open source tools to work with architectural visualization or even technical drawing on Linux. Besides the questions about Blender that I got in my classes and presentations, the most often question is about an open source alternative for AutoCAD. People always ask that […]

Interactive real-time render for architecture in Blender 2.50

The SmallLuxGPU is an experiment to use GPU power to render in real-time using OpenCL and LuxRender. This is an amazing option to work with advanced rendering techniques in Blender, using GPU power to reduce the time to have a clean and noise free image in LuxRender. This week David Bucciarelli author of the project, […]

External rendering with Blender 2.50

One of my concerns about making using Blender 2.50 in my architectural visualization workflow is the lack of support for external renders like LuxRender, YafaRay, Indigo and others. I use those render engines a lot to create scenes and realistic images for my clients and classes. How about the development of those exporter scripts? How […]

YafaRay Annual Contest 2010: Abandoned Classics

In most architectural visualization projects we have a single objective, which is to show a project will look like by the time it is actually build. For computer graphics is quite easy to show and represent perfect surfaces and brand new objects. If you have to work on objects and places that doesn`t look new, […]

LuxRender using GPU with SmallLuxGPU for Architecture

In a few months the use of GPU power to render scenes will be just like a global illumination render is today. Almost all tools specialized on rendering offers some kind of GI method to improve rendering. I still remember that a few years ago it was quite expansive to get GI renders. By the […]

Book Review: Blender 2.49 Scripting

One of the things that I keep saying to all my students is that if they want to work with big and complex projects in Blender, they must learn how to work with Python to create custom tools and scripts to accelerate the creation process. This is a rule for all kinds of environment scenarios, […]

Modeling for architecture: Modeling a chain link fence

In architectural visualization we can find lots of objects that can be represented with the use of simple patterns like the floor tiles. For this type of 3d object we can use the Array modifier to create large surfaces based on a single and simple 3d pattern. The only thing we have to do before […]

Indigo Renderer using GPU to speed up rendering

The demand for better and faster renderings is always growing, and to speed up the render of any type of project we can always turn to GPU based renderings. Today we have a lot of options to use GPU based technology to create renderings almost in real-time, depending on how powerful your video card is, […]