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bonzai3D powerful 3D modelling
bonzai3D powerful 3D modelling

Bonzai3d can be best described as SketchUp on steroids.  It takes the Google program and enhances it to the next level.  Bonzai3d is not a polygon based modeller, but has the ability to use surface NURBS (the organic form modelling).  It also has the ability to create renders, build complex NURB shapes, deformations (bulge, taper, twist, bend surfaces), smart interfacing, thicken surfaces (even if curved), print 3d models (this is uber cool), push/pull and has intelligent guides.

Google SketchUp’s advantage is that it has huge user coverage with its ability to load up models into a warehouse and onto GoogleEarth.  AutoDesSys have programmed their software to make advantage of this social library.  Bonzai3d can import and export skp files (SketchUp’s file extension) meaning the designer has complete accessibilty to the SketchUp warehouse.

Bonzai3d was released in July 2009 and probably slipped under the radar of most users and for its power and ease of use should be used more widely.  The push/pull tool is exactly the same as Google’s but has the added bonus to creating more complex shapes by using a thicken tool and then it can render realistically!  The great thing is if you are a SketchUp user in the past then learning Bonzai3d is a very easy cross-over.  You can attend webinars or can sign-up to or watch a replay online.  These webinars are a great way to pick up tips and tricks from the makers of the program and ask them questions.

Download the trial version onto your Mac or PC  and see what you think.  Once you have trialled Bonzai3d after downloading it for FREE  for up to 30 days  we are sure you’ll want to keep it.

As such we are offering a special Purchase discount  coupon (B3DWP) that can be used for a 15% discount off all new bonzai3D purchases online  here at Smarttec.com.au.

I would love to know what you think, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

Top 10 reasons to purchase:

1. bonzai3d offers EASY SCULPTING
2. bonzai3d offers a FLUID, POWERFUL and SMART INTERFACE
3. bonzai3d offers CLASSIC MODELLING TOOLS with REAL TIME DYNAMIC EDITING
4. bonzai3d offers DEFORMATIONS that work on any solid or surface
5. bonzai3d offers SPECIALTY TOOLS peppered throughout the application
6. bonzai3d offers an expandable CONTENT LIBRARY able to import .skp models
7. bonzai3d PLAYS WELL WITH OTHER programs 16 import file formats & 13 export file formats
8. bonzai3d offers ADVANCED REAL-TIME RENDERING
9. bonzai3d offers the MATCH VIEW TOOL
10. bonzai3d offers NURBS based ORGANIC FORM modelling
Bonzai3d also includes FREE EMBEDDED VIDEO TUTORIALS making learning easy!

3D UP Printer

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UP! 3D Printer  can print Amazingly accurate ( 0.2mm tolerance ) and strong 3D models directly from your Windows or Mac computer models using 3D UP Printer in ABS plastic in sizes up to 135mm x 135mm x 125mm.

These parts have 30% the strength of injection moulded objects but done easily by DIY. Learn to design and test with our easy to use 3D packages such as formZ and bonzai3D as this printer we can supply comes with it’s own control software for windows or mac that imports any well formed .stl file format models.

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bonzai3D is the newest entry point for entry into 3D modelling

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What is bonzai3D?

It is a true 3D program with powerful 3D modelling tools from the Smarttec eStore, spline based surface, solid modelling ( great for 3D Printers ), and inbuilt file translation formats that make it a perfect day to learn modelling program that when teamed with other renderers available – RenderZone and Maxwell Render Suite 2.6 now produce high quality imaging.

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Why use Sketchup Pro when you can use a true 3D modeller with more features- yet still imports .skp file format as components or full models.

It also provides a path to enhanced rendering modules and the high end formZ 7 package currently in FREE open public beta testing.

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How to make a Sliced Solid and Wireframe rendering in bonzai3D

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How to make a Sliced Solid and Wireframe rendering in bonzai3D – by Evan Troxel

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Here’s an example of one of those stylistic renderings of 3d models where there’s a combination of solid and wireframe halves coming together at a section cut in the model. I’ve been doing this type of rendering for a long, long time1 and I thought I’d make a video showing you how to do it too. It’s a fairly easy process that involves your 3d modeling program and an image editor like Photoshop.

Once again, this is one of those things you can do in several different modelers but it’s one of the reasons I prefer working with solid models in Bonzai3d because when you cut through the model, the objects are automatically filled and the Clipping Planes make it easy to make this kind of imagery.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what you can come up with. Maybe you can take it to the next level and make a sweeping, organic section cut through the model to make it even more dynamic.

bonZai3D Training

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New Videos for Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d

 

Method released new series of tutorial videos complementing the release of the Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d. You will see how how to use Maxwell Render via the new bonzai3d plugin, and get extremely realistic, physically accurate imagery from these very easy-to-use yet robust modeling and rendering programs.

You can get a trial version of Bonzai3d HERE>>

You can  download a demo of Maxwell Render HERE>>

The links to watch the tutorial videos: 


http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/16/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-introduction-to-the-video-series.html


http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/16/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-general-overview-and-getting-sta.html

http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/26/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-working-with-materials.html

They are also hosted on Maxwell Render’s “Think” site.