3D modeling usually conjures up images of engineers using computer-aided design (CAD). This is not an unfounded assumption – High-quality 3D models has revolutionized both design and engineering.
However, until recently 3D modeling had no everyday applications and was not an accessible tool. It is slowly becoming more mainstream, as new tools which are free or at least affordable are introducing a new set of consumers to 3D modeling.
This is being used by a wide range of users – from designers to architects and even some homeowners. 3D modeling allows the interior of buildings to be created before being filled with furniture, colors, and lighting.
This provides a true-to-life model of how the finished room will look. Unlike designing a model or redecorating the room, building a 3D model, first, allows items to be easily added and changed.
Interior visualization, therefore, lets an interior design be tinkered with at no real cost. This is not only used on residential interiors but is also used for retail spaces.
3D printing has been a slow revolution. It initially started off with businesses but is slowly becoming a consumer revolution. And as 3D printer prices come down, more regular people will use them.
3D modeling is needed to create designs before they go to the printer. The applications of 3D printing are hugely varied. Prototypes can be easily built, replacement parts manufactured and specialist tools can be created. There are endless possibilities for 3D printing, but these are only accessible if the product can be modeled on a computer first.