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I was contacted by Packt Publishing and asked if I would like to review Getting Started with Lumion 3D by Ciro Cardoso. I have to admit that before I even answered, I had to go Google Lumion and find out what it actually was. So for those of you who don’t know either, Lumion’s primary focus is making architectural visualizations, whether you are creating a still image or an animation. There are landscaping tools as well as a library of models to populate your project. Keep in mind, this is NOT a modeling program. You will have to model your building, house or room in a another program and import it into Lumion.
It sounded interesting enough, that I agreed to do the review even though I had zero experience or practical knowledge of the program. Which worked out, since the book is a “getting started” type of book. So I downloaded the free (evaluation) version of Lumion and started reading.
After a brief introduction to Lumion that explained what Lumion was, why you would want to use it and a brief tour of the opening interface, Ciro guides you through a quick tutorial/tour of Lumion and it’s tools. One of the first things you learn how to do is import a model of a house. You can model one of your own in your favorite program or like me, go to Sketchup’s website and download a house of your choice. By the end of the tutorial you will have done a bit of landscaping, applied a few materials and populated the scene with various trees, flowers and other objects.
Over the next several chapters, Ciro quickly covers preparing your models for import into Lumion, materials, proper file formats for use with Lumion, various ways to build an environment, composition and post production. Ciro’s writing style was easy to follow and I achieved similar results with little problem.
Lumion seems fairly intuitive and Ciro does cover most everything you would need to know to get started, but it did feel to me as if the book was more of an overview of how Lumion worked than a starter guide to Lumion. I will say though that having no experience with Lumion and it’s full capabilities, that maybe an overview is all that is really needed to start producing quick architectural visualizations with Lumion.
I have been asked to review Getting Started with Lumion 3D by Ciro Cardoso.
I have to admit that I actually had to google Lumion 3d to find out what it was before I agreed to review the book. So for those of you, who like me were not aware of Lumion 3d and what it is. Here it is in a nutshell. Lumion 3d is primarily used for architectural visualization still images and animations. There are several different versions available, including a free version that can be used for evaluation purposed.
At this point I really don’t know much more than that, which means I obviously should learn something from Getting Started with Lumion 3D.
Okay then, I’m off to download the free version to poke at while reading the book. I will post my review when I have finished my poking and reading.
CGTrader has launched a new modeling challenge that looks to be a lot of fun. So here is the set-up.
Something went wrong in the parallel universe and it affected the one where we all live. There is not so much livable space left. It is the time, when the entire human race need to move in order to find new home. Of course, such disorder has its consequences – the races of the Universe had split in two sides. Members of the first one call themselves Enraged Verticians. They are willing to take control of the whole Universe and the resources needed to create livable conditions, for example: oxygen and food. They have united to become the dominant force of the Universe. There is another side – Polyguardians, who have only one intention – to re-establish the peace and order.
How did this conflict arise? Why does it involve you? Do not stress, it is not real. On the other hand, it is – it is a real offer for you to join the 3D Sci-Fi Challenge and become a king of the Universe. This time you must choose who you are – a revolutionist or a peacemaker. Remember this – it will be very important in the end. The members of the stronger side will be awarded with special prizes.
You can be the new dictator or the unifier of the Universe. First of all – choose your side, then create something that could be used in a space battle – 3D model of a spaceship, a warrior, a building, a planet or even a part of space environment. Just do not forget that models must be related to the chosen side – Enraged Verticians or Polyguardians.
Authors of the most stunning model and portfolio will get valuable prizes. Winners of each category will be awarded with full version of Mari or Modo by The Foundry. They will get some useful equipment as well – SpaceMouse from 3Dconnexion, for example.
Deadline is March 17, 2014.
So, who will you be? Choose your side.
Now does that sound like fun or what? Check out the following links for full information and prizes.
I was recently asked by Packt Publishing to review 3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes. 3D printing is becoming a very popular subject, especially with the prices on 3d printers becoming more reasonable. 3d printers are expanding into many new fields, including Architectural visualization, which is course is the focus of this particular book.
So let’s talk a bit about this book and what it covers. This book covers printing of elements needed to create architectural models using a MakerBot. While modeling of the individual parts is covered briefly, it is not covered in any detail. Matthew goes over a number of various modeling programs that are suitable for use with a MakerBot. Throughout the book he uses SolidWorks for his modeling, but the modeling tasks can be completed in any of the other programs rather easily.
Matthew discusses the various aspects of 3d printing in a clear and easy to understand manner. By time you finish the book you will walk away with good understanding of how to approach your projects and set them up for a successful printing. In addition to explaining the process of 3d printing itself and all the things you need to keep in mind, he also walks you through a couple of typical architectural projects that you might be asked to create.
While I rarely do architectural modeling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a great deal about 3d printing and how to set up architectural projects.