Rick's Blog

May
22
2020

Architecture Visualization - A California Bungalow

When a family member moved to a different house, I decided to memorialize their old house with a 3-D model and associated visualization.  It had been at least six months since I had done anything architecture-related and I was pleasantly surprised to find that both the Blender 2.8X update and associated Add-Ons continue to make the workflow better and faster!

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Apr
22
2020

Terrain in Blender - Option 2: Mirage

Terrain From Heightmap - Wasatch Front, Northern Utah

In my first post about creating terrain in Blender, I discussed using BlenderGIS to combine multiple georeferenced sources into a single terrain.  This post will deal with the addon, Mirage, which I feel is better suited to creating either imaginary terrain, or terrain from an existing heightmap and then adding procedural rocks, trees, vegetation, snow, etc. as material(s) on that mesh.

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Apr
21
2020

Terrain in Blender - Option 1: BlenderGIS

Wasatch Range, Northern Utah

I have tried creating environments in Blender and other 3D programs.  Usually it involved a lot of time and effort and resulted in frustration.  Part of my problem was that I tried to create too much of the world that was never to be seen by the camera, leading me to my Lessons Learned #1.  I've recently experimented with two Blender add-ons that make the process easier; BlenderGIS and Mirage.  They each have their strengths, depending on what you want to do.

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Apr
13
2020

OpenFOAM Baby Steps - Calculating Lift and Drag (Episode 3)

Total Lift and Drag Displayed on Wing Segment

 This is the second in a series. You can start the series here. Building on the previous episode of 3D airflow over a wing section, this episode calculates the lift and drag.

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Mar
25
2019

Publish or Perish - Chapter 2

Despite having other items which I would like to get done, I am making an honest effort to publish something to Sketchfab  each month.  This month, I did a quick interior home office/library model.  I used some great props available on BlendSwap  (credits for the props are included in the Sketchfab description) that helped minim...
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Mar
08
2019

The SketchFab Learning Curve

​My previous SketchFab model uploads were really only a way for me to dip my toe into the water.  This time I went for the whole foot, maybe even half-calf!  I attempted to upload my farm house model to SketchFab.  This model had two particle systems and multiple texture- and procedurally-based materials.  I'm considering the at...
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Nov
13
2018

Spring Cleaning in November

There is a reason I keep putting off the task of cleaning up most of my 'old' models--those projects that I tinkered with for a while before moving on to the next shiny thing:  they are a mess!  But getting this house model to a level where I can display it takes me one step closer to cleaning out my junk! 

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Rick's Blog

May
22
2020

Architecture Visualization - A California Bungalow

When a family member moved to a different house, I decided to memorialize their old house with a 3-D model and associated visualization.  It had been at least six months since I had done anything architecture-related and I was pleasantly surprised to find that both the Blender 2.8X update and associated Add-Ons continue to make the workflow better and faster!

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Apr
22
2020

Terrain in Blender - Option 2: Mirage

Terrain From Heightmap - Wasatch Front, Northern Utah

In my first post about creating terrain in Blender, I discussed using BlenderGIS to combine multiple georeferenced sources into a single terrain.  This post will deal with the addon, Mirage, which I feel is better suited to creating either imaginary terrain, or terrain from an existing heightmap and then adding procedural rocks, trees, vegetation, snow, etc. as material(s) on that mesh.

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Apr
21
2020

Terrain in Blender - Option 1: BlenderGIS

Wasatch Range, Northern Utah

I have tried creating environments in Blender and other 3D programs.  Usually it involved a lot of time and effort and resulted in frustration.  Part of my problem was that I tried to create too much of the world that was never to be seen by the camera, leading me to my Lessons Learned #1.  I've recently experimented with two Blender add-ons that make the process easier; BlenderGIS and Mirage.  They each have their strengths, depending on what you want to do.

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Apr
13
2020

OpenFOAM Baby Steps - Calculating Lift and Drag (Episode 3)

Total Lift and Drag Displayed on Wing Segment

 This is the second in a series. You can start the series here. Building on the previous episode of 3D airflow over a wing section, this episode calculates the lift and drag.

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  0 Comments
Mar
25
2019

Publish or Perish - Chapter 2

Despite having other items which I would like to get done, I am making an honest effort to publish something to Sketchfab  each month.  This month, I did a quick interior home office/library model.  I used some great props available on BlendSwap  (credits for the props are included in the Sketchfab description) that helped minim...
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Mar
08
2019

The SketchFab Learning Curve

​My previous SketchFab model uploads were really only a way for me to dip my toe into the water.  This time I went for the whole foot, maybe even half-calf!  I attempted to upload my farm house model to SketchFab.  This model had two particle systems and multiple texture- and procedurally-based materials.  I'm considering the at...
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Nov
13
2018

Spring Cleaning in November

There is a reason I keep putting off the task of cleaning up most of my 'old' models--those projects that I tinkered with for a while before moving on to the next shiny thing:  they are a mess!  But getting this house model to a level where I can display it takes me one step closer to cleaning out my junk! 

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