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More of the door   #Blender

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi folks, I was unable to do much door work this week until today. Mostly I worked on the door itself. This meant painting the actual door texture based loosely on the reference picture. So here is the reference picture: And here is the texture I painted in Photoshop: I tried to make it look “used” and also admit to tracing a little bit :) I then turned it into a

Normal map now on brick wall  #Blender

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, Despite being tired, I came home and used Photoshop to make a normal map of the brick wall. This is just a filter in Photoshop that I applied to the skin I created earlier. Here is the normal map image: For those of you new to 3D modeling, this will give me some depth in my final image. I had intended to create a displacement map, but I need to

Baking my procedural texture    #Blender

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

In my previous post in this series, I had unwrapped each of my objects, ready to texture them. Then I had an epiphany: if procedural textures exist, then does a brick one exist? OK – I’ll put that into plain English for the non-modelers or new modelers braving this post. A procedural texture is basically an image that has been created by writing a computer program instead of drawing it

A little progress on my art-nouveau doorway

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, this was my wife’s birthday weekend, so I only got about an hour to play in Blender. Just thought that I would show you the progress. So the basic objects are all there. Now to start making it look real. As an aside, I made my first ever Panna cotta today as a treat for Nicole and it was yummy. :) However, I experienced failure with the accompanying toffee

Art-nouveau door - commenced Blender work

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi folks, I am delighted to say that I am ahead of this week’s plan as posted on Monday. The final thing I ticked off today was my goal of singing practice. I spent an hour this morning with my mate Jon practicing Dean Martin’s “Sway”, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. This left me the afternoon to work on some of

Art-nouveau door - general design for a 3D model

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, as per my weekly plan, here is a rough 2D design of the 3D art nouveau door that I intend to create in Blender. As per normal, my rough design has been completed in PowerPoint. The inspiration was taken from the following door (By Jopparn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons): My vision is to create 4 elements in Blender: a wall with an appropriately

User Testing - finalising my model of an x-ray machine #Blender #EuroPCR

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

So you may remember that we started this project with an overall plan that follows the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) approach to remodel a 3D likeness of an  x-ray machine that I first modeled a year ago for a presentation at EuroPCR 2016 – the official annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and the world-leading Course in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine. Here is the diagram of the

How did I make the x-ray machine model?  #Blender

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

(Sorry – this is a repost as my database corrupted and I had to do a restore. Annoying as I had been in a hurry and had not done my normal post-post backup. Lucky I had a copy of the text.) I’m a Blender noob, so let me show how I used my simple skills to make the objects. Now the bench was really easy. Essentially it is a whole

The model of the monitor is complete  #Blender

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Well, didn’t this go quickly? The project is almost complete; much faster than expected.  I threw together the medical monitor today. Here it is from a couple of different angles: As you can see it also has a ceiling mount. I have not placed any images on the monitor, but I have created a texture that would easily permit images to be added as suitable for whatever process in being undertaken

Ceiling mount added   #Blender

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Wow! Today was amazing. It’s like suddenly something clicked and I found myself achieving more in less time. The ceiling mount took me about half-an-hour. Admittedly I did spend an additional hour beforehand studying a number of videos regarding bending stuff in Blender. The reason was that I decided to try using a Bend modifier. This is different from how I formed the C-arm which is actually a curve. However I

The control panel for the x-ray     #Blender

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

I shall keep it brief because once again I am up late. I have made a simple control panel in Blender as per the plan. Just a panel with some buttons and a joystick. No great detail as not really needed. Here is how the entire thing is coming together (as rendered in DAZ Studio). As a bit of comparison, here is the attempt I made this time last year.

Progress with the C-arm mount interface    #Blender

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Hi folks, I have spent so much time on this little component! It’s because I’ve made several versions of the C-arm mount interface, each unsatisfactory, and then started again. And each attempt now takes me about an hour. Wow am I faster or what! So what made me so unhappy? Well, I guess that none of them looked elegant enough for me. Some were too boxy. Other’s did not seem

Lessons Learnt: Unwrapping and moving textures from #Blender to #DAZStudio

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This is another post where I demonstrate my mistakes and the lessons that I learnt. So yes, this post is mostly for noobs like myself who are learning Blender. The topic revolves around “unwrapping” a model, exporting it and then importing it into another application. Think of “Unwrapping” as the process where you peel the skin off an object so that you can paint it and stick it back on

Fixed those few modelling challenges  #Blender

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

So yesterday at midnight I left you all having reached a point of frustration. Let’s have a look at a picture of the state of my model as exported from Blender and imported into DAZ Studio (my favourite place to render things)” So few textures and strange webs at the pointy end of my benchtop. Then one of you very kindly pointed out to me the obj export options. I

Small example of things not working in 3D modeling #Blender

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Hi all, This is for those people out there who find Blender and DAZ Studio too difficult. This is for those of you who watch wonderful tutorials on YouTube, feel intimidated and say to yourself”Darn it, I’ll never be able to do that.” Yes, instead of showing some finished work of wonder, I thought I would share my struggles to show that a lot of what you see is not

Let the modelling begin: the patient bench

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Hi folks, Well, the general designs have been made and I have a broad date set (30 June 2017). So the next thing to do is actually start work. I chose to start with the patient bench. There is an excellent reason to do this: basically, I was reasonably happy with my original patient bench and felt that it should be reasonably easy to refine it to my needs. And

X-ray model design - floor and ceiling mounts

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Just a quickie post for design purposes in this Blender project. I’ve made very simple designs of the floor and ceiling mounts that these things have. As per the other designs, these are based upon images taken of actual machines that I have found on the internet. There does appear to be a bit of a difference. Here is the floor mount structure: You’ll note that it is very simple.

C-arm broad design for 3D x-ray model

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Hi all, Below is a diagram where I have deconstructed the various photos and videos of X-Ray machine C-arms into their various components in preparation for my Blender build. Obviously there is a lot of guesswork involved, but it is all I need to go forward with this design. As you will see I have identified six discrete objects. I pondered a bit over the Image Intensifier and it’s interface

Control panel design for 3D x-ray model

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Just a short post today. It’s been a busy day job-hunting without a lot on this being achieved. So I have created my folder of reference photos. As mentioned before, I find Toshiba’s Infinix a wonderfully designed piece of equipment. Obviously this is from a aesthetic perspective because I don’t have the technical knowledge to comment upon how well it works. But it really does look like a machine of

3D x-ray model project - Phase2: Planning

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Continuing with following a project methodology to create a model of an x-ray machine, I am working on the Planning phase. “The Planning Process Group consists of those processes performed to establish the total scope of the effort, define and refine objectives, and develop the course of action required to attain those objectives.” – A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Fifth Edition Design A generic x-ray