Precision modeling tools for Blender?

Back in April all projects selected to be part of the Google Summer of Code 2012 were announced, and the Blender Foundation got sixteen projects approved! How many of those projects could directly change the way we work with architectural visualization? Well, my pick would be the projects dealing with modeling tools improvements. Luke Frisken […]

Blender with CAD like features using Add-ons

One of the biggest requests I heard from architectural visualization on Blender is that would love to get more precision modeling tools. We can already work really well on most situations in Blender, but there is always room to improvements. If you search carefully specially for Add-ons you will find some really nice Add-ons that […]

Exporting a 3d Mesh as a 2d DXF in Blender 2.5

The most common way to start an architectural visualization project is to get started from a CAD file, and import it to the 3d software and work to add materials and lights. But, what if you had to do the opposite way and export an 3d mesh from Blender to a CAD file in DXF […]

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 […]

Free FBX converter tool

One of the challenges that face an architectural visualization artist is to manage the files received by clients, and those files can come in a variety of formats. This wide range of file formats is the first obstacle to start a project because sometimes clients send files that are saved in versions not recognizable by […]

Edge Tools: CAD like Add-on for Blender 2.5

The use of CAD like tools in Blender has always been a request from most users that choose Blender as their main tool to create architectural models. In tools like SketchUp and even AutoCAD, we have several Add-ons that help us to use CAD like tools in Blender, and this morning I just remembered one […]

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 […]