If you are here, you must know about 3D modeling. You could have also had some thoughts about learning how to build 3D models. However, why would you want to learn 3D modeling? Let us talk about this here. I will share my point of view first. Then I would like to hear it from you in the comments where we can have a small discussion.
First, let me introduce you to Gallon, which you can see in the image below. Gallon was a character we conceived a while ago. If you follow TforDesign, you will surely come across Gallon.
In this blog, we will not talk about how we conceived Gallon. Instead, we will focus more on what happened after we did. After the Gallon character was designed, we made a 3D model of it. Then, we emailed the 3D model to a manufacturing facility. After a few days, we got a box back. Inside that box were little tangible Gallons that we could touch and feel.
Modern Manufacturing and the Making of Gallon
To make Gallon, we went on a journey of making. Key elements of this journey were defining the requirements, building and verifying 3D models, then manufacturing. 3D modeling was right at the center of this journey. 3D modeling is growing to be both a virtual prototyping tool and a tool that enables us to make tangible objects. The final manufacturing can happen through different means like a 3D printer you have a home, a machine shop, or through outsourcing like we did in the case of Gallon.
3D modeling is strongly related to manufacturing as manufacturing is becoming more digitalized, with manufacturing machines getting their input by interpreting 3D models. Examples of growing digitalized machines include 3D printers and CNC machines. This makes 3D modeling more essential to modern manufacturing. Thus, we can think of 3D modeling as a superpower. That super is the freedom to make tangible objects. Suppose you have that superpower, congratulations. If not, you can start learning it today.
If you are an organization or an individual, you can think of 3D modeling as being all about this superpower. It enables the organization to visualize its products, prototype them, and communicate them with manufacturing. This is one big reason why we advocate 3D modeling.
How about you? Are you into 3D modeling? What made you start learning the skill? Make sure to let us know in the comments.
If you are considering learning 3D modeling, you can start with our Intro to 3D Modeling Program, which will build a strong foundation on what 3D modeling is all about. Suppose you want to start directly with learning a 3D modeling software. In that case, you can check out the different online SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling programs we have in the TforDesign School.
By Tayseer Almattar
Tayseer is a passionate designer and educator. He believes that innovation potential can be grown and natured within organizations with relevant design innovation processes.