3D Modelling
3D Modelling

What is 3D Modeling?

3D modeling or 3D computer graphics are works of graphic art that are created with the aid of computers and specialized 3D software.

As computers and software have developed tools that were once only available to professionals are now available for home and school use. Filmmakers, artists, designers, architects are using 3D modelling software to create animations, computer games, virtual models, sculptures and design ideas associated with traditional crafts.

Models and modelling is on of the key concepts identified in the ICT across the curriculum pack (iCTAC) for the development of ICT in art and design teaching.

'Using ICT, pupils can use specialist computer software to make their ideas and concepts concrete. They can experiment with visual hypotheses, changing variables and evaluating the effects. They may have opportunities to use software that produces three-dimensional images to create virtual ceramic forms and to explore the building of three-dimensional characters or environments, similar to those used in computer games and in the film industry.'

In art and design we generally modelling to describe the process of working in clay and or other malleable materials to create a three dimensional form.

Faster computers and access to different types of software in school now make it possible for pupils to experience 3D modelling processes within a broad range of art design and crafts. Follow the links below to find out more:

Software for 3D modelling

ImpactPlus -
ImpactPlus gives you a limitless stage where you can create your own production combining 3D text, geometric models, backgrounds, lighting effects, multiple cameras, and much more! It's easy to create a static scene and add optional animation.

Bryce - one of the best known 3D modelling programs around

Cross curricular links

Collaboration between the art and design department and the design and technology department could also provide pupils with enhanced opportunities to use 3D modelling software in their work.

In design and technology the terms CAD/CAM are used to describe computer design and manufacture processes.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) - CAD involves the creation of a design using a computer. Designs can be both technical or graphical in style, such as the graphics for a new shop front, or in the form of 3D models for a point of sale display, etc

Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) - CAM involves using a computer to control a manufacturing tool to create a product. This includes vinyl cutters, sewing machines, a laser cutter, or a rapid prototyping machine etc

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