A specialized 3D artist will create 3D images and can display their models as two-dimensional images through a software process known as 3D rendering. 3D images can also be displayed on computer software as an interactive 3D image that can be manipulated. Finally, 3D printing devices can also be used to ‘print’ physical three-dimensional renderings of the 3D artist’s designs for a tangible product.
Most 3D models can be divided into two categories:
- Solid 3D models lend understanding to the volume of an object, such as a solid stone. This type of 3D model is most commonly found in engineering or medical fields.
- Shell or boundary models, in contrast to solid models, represent only the surface boundary of the object rather than its volume. Most 3D visuals in games or films are of the shell model variety.
Some of the practical uses for 3D design include 3D clothing that can be used as virtual fashion collections, as well as for dressing computer game characters or animation movie characters.
3D design can also be used in interior design and architecture. The benefits of this are that it allows homeowners to thoroughly plan their dream home and spot potential errors in design and layout far in advance.
Having the chance to effectively visualize your home before actual building takes place is also a plus because it gives homeowners the chance to experiment with their home design and take design risks without having to pay the price for any mistakes or impractical ideas in reality.
Many free 3D software programs are available on the Internet for homeowners to use. Alternatively, professional 3D artists can be hired to render your design aspirations into 3D models.