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.