There is little doubt that the development of 3D modeling for computers has had a transformative effect on so many different industries. From box office hit movies to creating new buildings to breakthroughs in the medical field and beyond, 3D models have revolutionized our use of computers. The uses of three dimensional models has created a new way of thinking in terms of designed and building new products, medicines, and structures.
3D modeling actually has followed 3D graphics in terms of computer design with many games providing that 3D imagery which served as the foundation for creating proper 3D models. It seems that every day, more industries are turning their attention towards creating 3D modeling to help solve problems, speed production and find new ways to imagine the world around them.
What are 3D Models?
In essence, 3D modeling is a mathematical representation of any three dimensional surface of an object that is created by computer software. It is a wireframe representation of any object either real or created. It can be displayed in both 2D and 3D formats in terms of images and by 3D rendering used in computer simulations. Today, the advancement of 3D printing devices has added a new dimension to this remarkable process.
3D models can be rotated and viewed from any angle in order to provide a full view which can be used for testing purposes. For example, whether designing new structures or products such as automobiles, a three dimensional representation can allow for testing within the computer itself before the expense of building them can begin. In this manner, any flaws can be spotted or improvements made all within the computer itself.
There are currently several software systems that create 3D objects and they have been in use for several years. Thanks to advances in technology, 3D models are now far easier to create and more realistic in terms of the computer environment. Perhaps no industry has benefited more than the automotive companies who can now create, design and test vehicles all within the computer first, before making an initial production model. This has saved years in terms of designing, testing and discovering hidden flaws which otherwise would plague production models and waste valuable time.
The Future of 3D Modeling
The applications for 3D models may be limitless as new technology allows for a proper, more realistic viewing of objects and materials. In fact, the earth science community has benefited from constructing 3D geological models that help demonstrate some of the basic principles of erosion, volcanic activity and the like. It is certainly possible that much of the training for physical sciences will be done with the aid of realistic 3D models, providing many different experiences that only happen rarely in the real world.
There is little doubt that 3D modeling will only grow as new holographic technologies and other advancements will make 3D models even more realistic. These new technologies will not only affect the entertainment and production industries, but help generate new advancements in science and medical technology that have yet to be imagined.