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Blenderart Mag Issue #44 now available

bam_Issue44_MAr_14Welcome to Issue #44, “Mech Mayhem

There is an artistry to a well designed machine that even the most clueless of us can appreciate. Watching all the little moving parts work together in harmony is a sight to behold and a wonder to those of us with no concept of how it all goes to together.

The magic of robots, gears and all manner of mechanical moving parts are to be found in our latest issue of Blenderart Magazine as well as a look at how to realistically texture them. It is an issue full of mechanical goodness waiting for your reading pleasure.

So grab your copy today. Also be sure to check out our gallery of wonderful images submitted by very talented members of our community.

Table of Contents:

  • Tutorial: Mech Bust
  • Tutorial: Mech Textures
  • A Weight Scale
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retracting Landing Gears
  • Creating Comics Character

And Lot More…

Blenderart Magazine Mirrors, Torrents and Online links can be found at:
www.blenderart.org


Packt Publishing Sale to celebrate their 2000th Title

2000th-Book-Home-Page-BannerPackt Publishing is launching an awesome sale to celebrate with the release of their 2000th title. During this offer Packt is giving us a chance to dive into their comprehensive catalog and Buy One, Get One Free across their entire range of eBooks.

This is a fantastic way to stock up on ebooks and learn some new skills.

The campaign began on 18th-Mar-2014 and will continue up until 26th-Mar-2014. During the sale, readers can:

  • Make Unlimited purchases during the offer period
  • Offer is automatically applied at checkout

from Packt

Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title with an exclusive offer – We’ve got IT covered!

Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title `Learning Dart’– they want their customers to celebrate too.

To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only.

`Learning Dart’ was selected as a title and published by Packt earlier this year. As a project that aims to revolutionise a language as crucial as JavaScript, Dart is a great example of an emerging technology which aims to support the community and their requirement for constant improvement. The content itself explains how to develop apps using Dart and HTML5 in a model-driven and fast-paced approach, enabling developers to build more complex and high-performing web apps.

David Maclean, Managing Director explains `It’s not by chance that this book is our 2000th title. Our customers and community drive demand and it is our job to ensure that whatever they’re working on, Packt provides practical help and support.

At Packt we understand that sometimes our customers want to learn a new programming language pretty much from scratch, with little knowledge of similar language concepts. Other times our customers know a related language fairly well and therefore want a fast-paced primer that brings them up to a competent professional level quickly.

That’s what makes Packt different: all our books are specifically commissioned by category experts, based on intensive research of the technology and the key tasks.’

Since 2004, Packt Publishing has been providing practical IT-related information that enables everyone to learn and develop their IT knowledge, from novice to expert.

Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt contributes back into the community paying a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date.

Their books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to quickly publish up-to-date books in very specific areas across a range of key categories – web development, game development, big data, application development, and more. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive range of titles has seen Packt publish 1054% more titles in 2013 than in 2006.

Erol Staveley, Publisher, says `Recent research shows that 88% of our customers are very satisfied with the service knowing that we offer a wide breadth of titles in a timely manner, and owing to the quality of service that they receive 94% of customers are willing to recommend Packt to friends and family. It’s great that we’ve hit such a significant milestone, and we want to continue delivering this fantastic content to our customers.’

Here are some of the best titles across Packt’s main categories – but Buy One, Get One Free will apply across all 2000 titles:

http://bit.ly/1j26nPN


Blender Default Settings – 2014 | blair willems

Seriously nice look at some very useful defaults and setting!

Blender Default Settings – 2014 | blair willems.


CGTrader Modeling Challenge: 3D Sci-Fi Challenge: Extend The Universe

CGTrader has launched a new modeling challenge that looks to be a lot of fun. So here is the set-up.

from CGTrader:

Attention!

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.


Book Review: 3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

3d printing coverI 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.


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