cadjunkie wrote:I've pointed this out in other places but I keep telling people that pound for pound you can look at multiple platforms Fusion, Key Shot, Rhino, or Solidworks, nPower Surfacing, Keyshot but Modo by itself is just a better solution if organic modeling is what you're wanting to achieve.
Having "dynamics" as part of the mix of design bring something to the table that most ppl are thinking about. Imagine having to fill a gumball machine so that it looks like it is naturally filled with...yea gum balls. You'd have to "model" that is Fusion, SW, Rhino...etc. Or got a soft fabric WHY....please tell me WHY model it rather than let the physics engine create it. And this isn't limited to Modo only it's a different way of thinking with the software. Using Dynamics as part of the process is really an evolution in the industrial design side of software. Sure in SW, Pro/E, NX, and IV and the likes you get assemblies and you can test for moving parts but that's not the sames as physical dynamics as part of the process.
Physical dynamics can be simulated in Rhino using Grasshopper and kangaroo that are free plugins for Rhino.
The thing here is that the industry will adopt the software that companies can afford and that satisfy it's specific needs, we can't say if some software it's better than te other in a single phrase without explaining the use case for each one, NURBS software's are more commonly use for production and manufacturing pieces where you need more control on dimensions, in that case modo would fart short on tools like surface analysis and unfolding surfaces, 2D parts Drawings and such. which are a essential part of the industrial design modeling.
Ross McCoy wrote:I was looking to pick up a license of T-Splines for Rhino and come to find out Autodesk stopped selling licenses late last year and will no longer be developing the plugin for Rhino. Instead they are integrating it into Autodesk Fusion 360 and it'll only be available there from now on.
I've never used Fusion 360, but would it be worth learning instead of picking Rhino back up?
I'm basically wanting to be able to model organic sculptural forms for some furniture designs that can be transferred over to a manufacturer-able surface. This will be mainly for personal use so I'm not wanting to drop a ton of money on software for now. Are there other software options I should consider instead? I'm most familiar with sub-d modeling since I come from a 3ds max background.
Here's my wish list of stuff to be able to do:
- Model furniture/home products (organic and hardsufaces)
- Render in program or export to Keyshot
- Produce a qaulity 3d model that can be either 3d printed, cnc'ed, etc...
- Be able to create patterns if I need to unfold something
- Not super expensive
- Be relevant to ID firms for a skill set
I also recently notice that Autodesk discontinued the t-spline plugin for rhino, it did the same thing with the amazing VSR Shape modeling Plugin, it bought the company, implemented the tools in Autodesk alias and got rid of the rhino plugin, t-splines it's now part of Fusion 360 and Alias Design,
Right now i think that your best option it's Rhino 3D for what you said you need to design, Rhino it's adopted by many ID firms, and you could complement it with Clayoo (an alternative sub-d modeling plugin for Rhino still with support and constant improvements), with Rhino you can also create drawings of your models for the production point of view. McNeel it's about to release Rhino 6 with great new features and fixed some geometric controls to better adapt the software to the industry standards, Cycles will be the default render engine of Rhino 6 version and also there's a new Vray plugin version for Rhino that it's amazing (vray it's one of the biggest standards in realistic rendering). plus you have Grasshopper for a very unique innovative way of 3D modeling you couldn't do in any other place.
I haven't personally tried Fusion 360, jet, but I think has lot of potencial, it seems very versatile like Rhino but with the experience of Autodesk to create profesional tools and Geometric precision, it seems Autodesk it's gathering the best of its software's into one tool, I'll give it a shot specifically looking for the surface modeling tools, but I'm just scared about this Autodek big monster that could change it's licencing prices at any time.