3d modelling

In 3D computer graphics, 3D modelling is the process of developing a mathematical coordinate-based representation of any surface of an object in three dimensions via specialised software by manipulating edges, vertices, and polygons in a simulated 3D space. 3D models are used for a variety of mediums including video games, movies, architecture, illustration, engineering, and commercial advertising. The 3D modelling process produces a digital object capable of being fully animated, making it an essential process for character animation and special effects.

Uses of 3d modelling

3D modellers tend to work in film and video production studios, game design companies, advertising and graphic design firms, web design firms, software companies, architecture firms, laboratories (both science and medical), colleges and universities, product design firms, and manufacturing firms (retail, home, tools, etc.). If you want to get into 3D modelling, you must have advanced math and computer skills. Other skills may be required depending on where the 3D modeller works. For example, 3D modellers in the film or video game industry must have above average creative and design skills, while 3D modellers in scientific fields may have a strong background in any given area of science.

Institutions such as the Creative Media Institute, allow you to study for a Bachelor’s in Animation. Blender is a complete 3D modelling software, very popular in the world of animation and video thanks to the many features it offers. It is not only free but also open-source, which means that it is constantly being improved. However, if you want to get a job at a top film studio, you will probably need proven experience with significantly more expensive software! If you look at the Youtube embed below, you will see that 3D modelling is an extremely technical process and to earn a decent wage, you need to be this good. 

Many industries utilise 3D modelling for a range of projects; there are likely loads of 3D modelled items we use without even realising its involvement. With 3D modelling, the opportunities are endless. It’s a truly versatile medium that can be used for an array of different areas.

Perhaps the most commonly known use for 3D modelling is game development. 3D models are used to create characters, settings, props, and entire worlds within video games. The key to any good game is immersion, and 3D modelling is a great way to build immersive experiences. Here is my post on game design

3D modelling is particularly important within the world of virtual reality gaming, which is an extremely exciting sector. Virtual reality games fully immerse you in the game experience, creating entire three-dimensional worlds to dive into.

It makes sense that #D printing would not be possible without 3D modelling. 3D printing lets 3D models become physical objects which can be used for anything you set your mind to. It’s a lot more than just miniature figures and toys from at-home printers; there are endless useful ways to utilise 3D printing.

Another common use of 3D modelling is architecture. 3D modelling lets architects plan beyond the traditional method of hand-drawn building plans. As technology has evolved, we’re now able to conjure up a three-dimensional visual of a building before it is fully built.

Once you have a 3D model, it can be completely rigged and animated – which comes in very handy for animation. Animators use 3D models for a clean, seamless effect when creating movies and TV shows. Throughout the process, 3D modelling is used to create scenery, characters, props, and much more.

Many of the products we see around us in our day-to-day lives would have had some 3D modelling involvement. By creating a virtual 3D model of your product before it is physically created, we can pinpoint any errors and adjust the product accordingly. Even being able to see the object’s size relative to other products can make a huge difference in the production process.

In Vietnam, most of the jobs in this area will be located in one of the main cities: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.