Different types of 3D modeling

3D modeling comes in all shapes and sizes and here are some different types:

  • Wireframe modelling – This modelling use lines and curves to represent a model skeletal structure and is really time consuming.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) – CAD is a computer software that helps the user by generating, modifying and/or optimising a part or parts of a 3D model. It allows users to create more accurate designs. Typically used in engineering and product design.
  • Surface modelling – This modelling is usually provided in CAD for display solid objects. It makes a object appear solid looking when it is not.
  • Solid modelling – This CAD software uses wire frames to display the outside and a solid inside, which gives manufactures the ability see the product in full without having the product in person.


From the types of 3D modelling comes the styles:


Sculpting – Sculpting works like clay, you use various tools to sculpt out the model, so you can add in complex shapes and add more detail why not increasing the file size too much. Sculpting original image


Boolean Operations – This style is best for hard surface modelling. This uses  the two logical operations of meshses to make modifications like carving, adding and intercepting. Really good for smooth 3D models. Go to making of this model

boolean operations

Voxels – Voxels are like pixels, but more like cubes. They represent a value on a 3D grid. They do not typically have their position recorded, but has a whole collection of them recorded. Page to original image






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