3D rendering is now universal in the building design and interior design markets. If you click on a site which sells homes off the plan, you’re quite likely to encounter some form of 3D rendering. The plan has been translated in to a walk-through experience, allowing you to view the design in a 3D context.
It’s very effective, and efficient, in terms of delivering a meaningful display of designs. These “virtual display homes” are rendered in HD, with a lot of fascinating features. 3D rendering can be used for just about any kind of design.
The Technical Side of 3D Rendering
The technical side of 3D rendering is pretty complex. It’s based on AutoCAD, the do-everything design tool used by architects and designers to build everything from homes to skyscrapers. The basics, however, are very straightforward.
There are two basic aspects of 3D rendering: Modelling and rendering. Modelling creates the core framework design. Rendering translates it in to imagery based on that design.
3D rendering uses vast libraries of information to deliver its imagery. These libraries contain the images used to create 3D designs. Everything from a fabulous interior to a stunning kitchen design can be loaded in to 3D rendering software. In many cases, custom images are used to deliver an authentic portrayal of the designs.
Why 3D Rendering is So Useful for Consumer
3D rendering is very flexible. It’s a design tool, as well as a display option. During the design process, 3D rendering is used to help customers make decisions about everything from colour schemes to types of flooring, interior features, and everything else in the designs.
This is the “carpet sample factor” at work. A carpet sample may look good on its own, but you can’t see it as an integrated part of an interior design. It may look different when the carpet is laid. 3D rendering allows you to match every design element with your overall design. This holistic approach to design choices saves people a lot of time, money, and frustration in decision making.
The Future of 3D Rendering
The future of 3D rendering is likely to be virtual reality (VR) in the very near future. Early versions of this software are already on the market. VR is a particularly effective way of delivering a huge amount of information with the added bonus of direct experience through the VR technologies.
A likely extrapolation of VR is a “DIY” version, where you can use menus and basic gaming technologies to change layouts, features, and other design elements. Sound like fun? It will be, and imagine being able to literally design your dream home for yourself!