Digital Virtual Photo studio Maxwell Render


As a Digital Virtual Photo Studio Maxwell Render when used with your favourite 3D modeller can be used as a full virtual photography or cinematography studio. Here is a video that demonstrates how you can use it in this environment .



The new version 3 has been announced and all new orders will get the update for free for access see you can order by calling 1300 030 655 or click here for online pricing.

Maxwell Render for bonzai3D and formZ


Maxwell Render for bonzai3d version 3.1 released

– adding full support for Maxwell Render for bonzai3D and formZ !  This now completes support by Maxwell Render in all Autodessys modellers formZ 7 and bonzai3D.


To purchase this amazing Renderer GO TO OUR ONLINE STORE which support a host of 3D programs including;




or update from bonzai3d version 3.0 to 3.1.

Simply choose Check for Update from the Help Menu and follow the prompts. You can also download the already updated version from HERE.

This version of the new plugin for Maxwell for bonzai3D and formZ also includes a number of stability and performance enhancements.

Please see below for more information regarding Maxwell Render:

Next Limit is excited to announce a major new release of Maxwell Render for bonzai3d and formZ 7.
The new plugin works with bonzai3d 3.1 and formZ 7, and incorporates numerous new features and improvements.

Highlights include:

• Maxwell Fire for real-time previewing of views, lights, materials and objects.
• Maxwell Grass support.
• Dramatically faster scene export from bonzai3d and formZ.
• More Material Hints, including “Emitter,” “Anodized Aluminum,” and “Simple SSS”.
• New Resource Manager service, which automatically detects and corrects missing file dependencies, even when moving between workstations.
• Much, much more. For a full list of improvements, see the Version History.
• Existing customers can download the plugin HERE.
• Or check out the power and accuracy of Maxwell with the demo HERE.


Whats new in bonzai3D 3


Whats new in bonzai3D 3

Whats new in bonzai


What’s new in bonzai3D 3 – is a question easily viewed by this impressive 3o minute video that introduces and demonstartes the new features and benefits of this impressive powerful and accurate 3D modeller.

You can view the featured pdf file online (and for download) in earlier blog here.

bonzai3D 3.1 Released



bonzai3d 3.1

bonzai3d 3.1 released this week is a major update to bonzai3d with over new features including 14 new tools that add functionality for fabrication, 3D printing, NURBS modeling, shape editing, texture mapping and component management.

This Upgrade is available as as a downloadable upgrade for as little as $105 + GST if applicable – Click here for details (prior to Feb 1, 2013)

The existing bonzai3d tools have been improved and tweaked to make them even more powerful and flexible. Similar improvements have been made throughout the interface such as the new Sun Position palette that makes creating shadow and sun studies a breeze.

Extensive internal changes have improved the performance throughout bonzai3d making it even faster to produce great results. The following is a summary of the changes found in bonzai3d 3.1. Following each summary is a link to the on line manual for bonzai3d 3.1 that contains all of the details of the particular feature. Please note that in order to make certain improvements, support for some older technology could no longer be maintained. OS X 10.6 is the now the minimum supported version for OS X and bonzai3d 3.1 no longer supports machines that use Power PC processors (G5, G4 etc).
This latest version now takes bonsai3D a significant level up as tool that can tackle the needs of 3D designers, modellers and current or prospective Sketchup PRO users.


For windows users, Windows 8 is now supported 

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5 Must Haves for trusted 3D Visualisation Platforms




What I love seeing from the 5 Must Haves for trusted 3D Visualisation Platforms is the trust and understanding in spatial information.  The evaporation of anxiety.  The disappearance of the blank stare. Ultimately, this leads to a reduction in effort and friction.

Developing this trust and continuous shared understanding requires good tools.  The more skepticism, the more users and stakeholders, the more interfaces, impacts and complexities – then the more sophisticated the tools and processes required.

3D virtual environments are one of these tools. While they are not a silver bullet, here are five key requirements of 3D virtual environments to generate trust and mutual understanding.


for more…  by Dr Ben Guy CEO Urban Circus


Quick 30 minute modelling



Quick 30 minute modelling

Youtube formzIn this webinar on quick 30 minute modelling with formZ 7 or bonzai3D we will show how you can quickly sketch your conceptual design ideas using only a few flexible tools and a simple interface. It is so simple we will start with just a cube and sculpt it into a detailed design. Expand your design creativity by exploring alternatives as you quickly sculpt a form. All of this while making an accurate solid model that is usable for 3D printing, visualization, drafting and exportable to a variety of formats.

3D Rendering and Social License



Dr. Ben Guy
Managing Director, Urban Circus
(+61) 07 3255 3847

A tram overpass in Adelaide had been stalled for a year. Why? Because the community couldn’t visualise the impact of the new overpass on their environment, and therefore wouldn’t support the project. 3d Rendering, endless expensive photoshopped drawings, handsome architectural sketches and engineering plans – all to no avail as the social license was withheld.

Winning the ambiguous and unofficial ‘social license’ can be as important as the environmental, safety and functionality conditions in many projects. And sometimes it is even more important.

When it goes wrong, and you’re unable to get the social license, we see an increase in complaints and projects stalled. The bigger the community dissatisfaction, the more intense the reactions become – to the point of people marching in the streets.

The fear of community anxiety, resistance to change, and backlash has been noted in recent COAG cities reports as an inhibitor to some projects. Even though the projects may be critical for productivity and urban quality, they are just too hard to get off the ground.

Public servants also want to avoid unhappy communities and stakeholders. It is the bureaucrat who receives the complaints from ministers and mayors, and is asked to respond promptly. Each response can take many days, as they try to explain how the situation will exactly play out from the objector’s viewpoint. This can be tedious and unsatisfactory work.

Our educated population wants to know what is going on in their environment, and they expect best practice. This is not just a NIMBY (“not in my backyard”) phenomena – it is a growing social conscience of what is good planning and design, and outcomes for the city, state or locality.

And why should the population trust the ‘experts’? Poorly-executed buildings and infrastructure have depressed areas for generations, created ghettos, encouraged crime, and even caused deaths. Over the last 50 years we’ve seen trams removed from cities, a failure in social housing, riversides destroyed by roadways, and a mentality of the city as a machine.

As our population ages, and if they ever get to retire, the ‘non-experts’ (residents) will become even more engaged in projects, planning and design in their vicinity. Therefore, in future, we can expect the social license to be even harder to win, and the bar to rise. Perhaps this is an opportunity for crowd-sourcing in city planning.

But how do you gain the social license from a community? Often we see the engineer personality at community events with impenetrable plans and an inability to socially engage, the architect defending the glory of their monument from selected viewpoints, and the army of wordsmiths with a pile of reports and brochures.

There is often a complete lack of trust, and sometimes of respect, between communities and experts. We all know how much the information is presented in its ‘best light’ – the 50 revisions of the brochure full of weasel words.

One of the keys is to enable complete, open transparency. To allow people to see how a new project will directly influence their life and environment. And to do this in the most easy way. Why should it be hard? Why should they need to sift through hundreds of pages or assimilate abstract drawings in their head?

They want to know – how will this new road look from my back door? How will it affect the sidewalk, or the park where I walk my dog? What if it rains? How does it integrate with other facilities? Will it add or remove value for the local area? Will my neighbourhood be better for the change?

In order to win the social license, you need the community and the stakeholders to be convinced that they are completely aware of the environmental change – from every experience and perspective of interest.

When we provide full visibility, even when the most drastic changes are being proposed to people’s previously sedentary life, people buy-in to the project. Take away the razzle dazzle of the over-manipulated information, and make it open and immersive. And remove the need to convert and interpret abstract plans and drawings.

Across thousands of experiences with community members and other stakeholders, including industry professionals, we see the light bulb go on, anxiety and worry vanish and the immediate realisation of understanding. People despise not being able to understand something – it makes them anxious. So the sooner you can truly create understanding, the sooner you can win the social license.

A neighbourhood planning process in Brisbane was pleasantly surprised when community members said, “Yes, you should really bulldoze our houses along this transport corridor and put big buildings here. It is the right thing to do for the place, even though we have lived here for decades.”

When projects and plans are transparently revealed in a simple and easy manner in a virtual replication, anxieties are eliminated, people become calm, and objectors become evangelists. Residents aren’t intentionally hindering your work – they just need to understand. And the easiest way to do this is through seeing how all the pieces fit together, clearly and simply.

3D Printer popular at CEBIT show



3D Printer Systems Attracts Crowds

Posted on  by Neerav Bhatt


CeBIT exhibitor 3D Printing Systems launched the new UP! Mini 3D Printer as a world first at CeBIT Australia 2012. With it’s full metal, temperature stabilising enclosure and groundbreaking pricing it’s no wonder their Stand I15 attracted large crowds of visitors throughout the day. Smart Technology provides the local sales and support at contact tel: 1300 030 655  and has the 3D Up Printer and it’s 3D  design software formZ and bonzai3D

The UP! Mini is based on the simplicity of a traditional inkjet printer, with a snap in printer head, slip in build table and clip in consumable roll.

3D Printing also known as additive manufacturing, has seen huge growth in the last two years.

3D Printing Systems have sold their desktop 3D Printers to Primary schools, where students are creating 3D printed projects out of plastic instead of the traditional paddle pop stick projects.

This is the manufacturing of the future and Australian students could learn a lot if given the opportunity to be able to use this type of cutting edge technology to create and innovate.

Universities around Australia use the UP Plus 3D Printers, as they are a fantastic educational tool to demonstrate additive manufacturing process and to be able to rapid prototype their own designs. Thinking and creating outside of the box has never been so easy.

Electrolux have been using the UP Plus 3D Printer for two years as well as many other leading businesses for prototyping and testing product design. The savings are huge (+/- 80%) for prototyping in house as opposed to sending parts to be printed at a bureau. Additive manufacturing methods are also faster than and cheaper than one off moulds or getting a part CNC machined.

The other advantage of printing parts in ABS plastic, the same plastic that is used in most consumer parts today, is if you wanted to fix a broken plastic part on your dishwasher or stove, you can do that easily. If you wanted to make a custom mount for your phone in your car or bicycle you can do that too.

With the introduction of the UP Mini 3D Printer, launched first at CeBIT 2012 in Australia, it has been designed for the consumer in mind, bringing manufacturing to the home or hobbyist at a price that has to be seen to be believed.

More users experience with bonzai3D vs Google Sketchup


I have had a bit of a look around the forum and documentation, also downloaded the trial version of Bonzai and have only one burning question; Is there a viable way of creating construction drawings (for houses) that remains linked like they do in SU Pro?

I really like how Bonzai works, very intuitive and well thought out, but can see myself losing productivity if I have to use a 3rd party program for the final prints (and the obvious hassle of redoing exports if there are changes)

I notice that alot of users are exporting to Revit for this stage, but it doesn’t solve the problem with the drawings being divorced from the original model.

i don’t really want to go with SU pro due to the other work flow related issues (no tools for windows, doors etc, slow work flow) and can’t justify (at this stage) going for a 2K lite version of ArchiCad (It looks a little too crippled as well)


– Andrew Jones

response from autodessys Inc


Bonzai3d is designed as a 3d modeling program, and it can generate plans and sections that can be exported in 2d (or 3d) to a dedicated drafting program — such as AutoCAD, Archicad, Vectorworks, etc. As you note, this can require extra steps if there will be multiple revisions, and we are currently working on the Drafting Environment for formZ 7 — which will integrate the model with the documentation as you are requesting. 

formZ 7 will also use the bonzai3d interface (plus a lot more) so that modeling will be as quick and easy as it can be. If you would like to sign up for the Beta version and give it a try, you can do so here: 

Right now, the Drafting Workspace is a bit of a work in progress, but Hatches have just been released, and soon Line Styles & Weights will be implemented — along with the full Layout Environment so that you can create full blown construction documents. And — if you make a change to the model, the documentation will be updated automatically. :-) 

Does this help? 

I haven’t test driven formz yet, it sound cool to have the bonzai features in it too. Is it possible to purchase bonzai and upgrade it later to the full formz program? Or perhaps buy the 2D drafting/ plotting environment as an add on? Anyway, that does answer the initial question. sorry to add more 🙂 I’ll have a look at the beta version, thanks.

– Andrew Jones


response from autodessys Inc

Yes, you will be able to upgrade from bonzai3d to formZ 7 in the future — but details have not yet been set for that. (The details for this will be available closer to the final release of formZ 7.) 

We are not sure if we will be adding a 2d add-on for bonzai3d in the long run — but it will not be available in the near future. If you know you will want integrated Drafting (beyond basic notes and dimensions), you should most likely choose formZ over bonzai3d. 


Ok, that makes sense. Had a bit of a play today with Beta 7, love the roof building tool! Love the way the drafting tool set can be selected easily, and the quality of the icons and descriptions is fantastic, great work.

I’ll keep poking around.

So I’m thinking the best option would be to buy bonzai3d now (so I can start learning the tools etc), and upgrade when fomZ 7 is released…anyway, sounds good either way.

– Andrew Jones