You might know blender as a tool used in 3D animation and for special film effects.Or, as a tool for 3D visualisation.
There is a big of user group, me included, that use it for other use cases.
I personally use Blender for my 3D printable design.Think of jewellery and home decorations.
So, what else is here?
During the Blender conference 2019 in Amsterdam, I have seen some impressive presentation of other use cases of Blender, in industry and by individuals. I will highlight some of them in this post.
I want to repeat the last bit of my sentence-Blender used in industry, so used professionally.
Didn’t I mention arch viz already? Yes, I did, but here I want to make a point of the fact that architects use Blender as there design tool in Architecture.
Dimitar runs an Architectural educational YouTube channel, and works for a Global Architectural firm.
When he can, personal and at his day job, Dimitar uses Blender for his conceptual designs.
He uses Blender as a starting point, or a digital 3D sketching tool.
Dimitar believes in the open source ethos, and also uses Free cad for his concept designs.
You can see Dimitar’s Bcon 2019 presentation here:
Dimitar’s youtube channel:
During the Blender conference 2019 Amsterdam I met another architect, Kevan Cress.Kevan uses Blender for small installations,3D viz and furniture design. He extracts his work drawing straight out of Blender.Another cool project Kevan work on is the improvement of a plugin for Blender, to make annotation. Measure it ARCH.
Measurit ARC github link:
Kvan’s Bcon 2019 presentation:
During the 2019 Blender conference I saw a inspiring presentation of Gianluca.Gianluca uses Blender for his Architectural concept workshops.These workshops are run in old town centres, and small villages in Italy. He starts his workshops with a Blender in a nutshell course course, and then sets his students a brief.
The way Gianluca uses Blender in his workshop is, that Blender is not your typical CAD tool, as in you don’t need to feed Blender with numbers, you can use Blender in a sculptural way.
Gianlaca’s workshop details can be found at:
Gianlaca’s Bcon 2019 presentation:
Sculpture design and installations.
Matthieu Dupont de Dinechin
I have seen several presentations live of Matthieu at the Blender conference.Matthieu used to be an Architect, that uses Blender for 3D printing and architectural design.For His last project how ever, he used Blender to make the workdrawings of a sculpture.
This was a sculpture in the shape of a big octopus, in a Forrest for an artist called Roland Cros.
Matthieu 3D scanned the site in the forrest, to determin the location of the trees.The trees are part of the structure of the sculpture.
The 3D scan data was imported in Blender, and then Matthieu started making his work drawings.
The outer skin of the sculpture is made with re-claimed wood.
Matthieu is a ecological designer.
The project on Matieu’s website:
The project on the artis’t website, Roland Cros.
Blender For vehicle design.
Tata motors and Kiska (company who designs for KTM motorbikes) both use Blender for their visual presentations.
Kiska is a design company, that designs manny things ammong the KTM moter bikes.Kiska uses Blender to render there motor bikes, instead of studio photographpy.
They use the original CAD data, which is imported into Blender. Making a render could easily takes 2 weeks.
Check out the Kiska Bcon 2019 presentation:
3D printing in medical use.
3D printing in the medical industry is on of the interesting-and usefull 3D printing use cases.The 3D printing company Wasp is know for their delta style 3D printers, and they designed a medical 3D printing package, which include a 3D printer and a FDM 3D printer-
The Digital Orthopedic Laboratory
For the software side of the story, they made a plug-in for Blender, to create digital orthopaedics.
The plug-in is open-source and free to use.
The plug-in has the following workflow:
-Import a 3D scan.
-Fix the 3D scan for holes.
-Edit the scan with the help of sculpt tools.
-Make a crop, and trim parts away you don’t need.
-With a paint brush, paint your orthopedic on the mesh of the 3D scan.
More about the project, and the plug in it selfs: