Archive for the ‘3D Modeling’ Category

Bookcase and Storage Unit

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I designed and built this piece to hold miscellaneous toys, books, etc. in the little one’s bedroom. I love using 3DS Max to model these things before I even pick up a single tool – it makes doing the real work that much easier (and enjoyable).

Basic stuff here… 1/2″ plywood for the main carcass. And I ripped down some pine into 1×2′s and 1×3′s for the face frame, putting it together with pocket screws first, then tacking it to the front of the piece.

The initial sketch:

A clay rendering in Max:

The finished piece:

And in use:

Using 3ds Max to Model Cabinet Designs

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

So our neighbors/friends recently asked me if I’d build them a new laundry cabinet.  

I was going to sketch something out for them tonight, but instead decided to use Max to create something that not only would be able to show them what the piece would look like, but would also help me figure out all my lumber sizes, joints, etc. 

I’m realizing this method might save me some headaches during actual construction of these kinds of pieces. I can take the time here in this 3d environment, placing all my pieces where they need to go, figuring out what kinds of joints I need to make and where, and be able to see it from all kinds of different angles. – something a traditional sketch would never allow.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with for this new project:

The piece will have two fixed shelves, where the bottom shelf has two pull out drawers, allowing for easier access to stuff. Since this will sit over top of a washer and dryer there’s a need to be able to easily reach often-used items.

Interior of the US Capitol Dome

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Stan and I went down again this week to photograph some of the interiors for the Virtual Congress project. We were lead through a number of different areas of the Capitol including some things that the public doesn’t normally pass through. I was able to get a lot of decent reference and texture shots for the modeling we’ll be doing down the road but right now I’m still focusing on the exterior of the Rayburn building and the Capitol Complex.

Here’s a shot of the Capitol Building dome from inside the rotunda:

And here’s a screenshot of the exterior model of the Rayburn building: