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Matrix vs 3design


#1

Hello

Just wondering if anyone has any input on the differences and
advantages of these programs? Im trying to find the most suitable
one and have come down to these two.


#2
Just wondering if anyone has any input on the differences and
advantages of these programs? Im trying to find the most suitable
one and have come down to these two. 

I cannot give you specific recommendation on either one, but I will
try to explain the differences between the software packages.

There are many different ways to model 3D shape. Example of some
techniques aRe: Blobs, Nurbs, CSG ( Constructive Solid Geometry ),
Triangle Mesh, and many others.

Usually software package is good at one technique, but not the other
( what ever that may be ). Person who uses software package can also
be good at some techniques and not so good at other. The trick is
usually is to match software with the user. You do want to have a
combination, where software excels let us say in CSG modeling and the
user is an expert in this technique as well.

For the beginner, I would recommend to learn about 3D modeling first
and then decide in which technique to specialize. ( different
techniques require different backgrounds ).

Once user knows what she wants to do, the selection of software is a
very natural process.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#3

The new VRay rendering that comes with Matrix6 is truly
amazing…On the other hand the parametric modeling that 3design
offers is pretty fantastic too. The two programs can be compared
side by side at http://www.3dcadjewelry.com I use neither,so I can
offer an unbiased opinion. I went the cheap route of rhino.

Regards,
Ken


#4

And how would you say is the best way to go about learning 3d


#5

I was a better tester for Rhino and later for Matrix, fairly fluent
in both. Remember, Matrix is a plug-in for Rhino and requires Rhino
to run. V-Ray is an “add-on” and will work with Rhino and other
programs, too, so it’s not fair to compare renderers when you should
probably be looking at the nuts and bolts of the CAD program itself.
Lots of folks get all excited about rendering, but I can tall you
that I have sold many thousands of dollars worth of designs by
showing simple shaded models, too. If you are a beginner, stay with
the basics, or you’ll likely bury yourself.

As in all software, what was new and exciting 5 years ago in a given
software, now is common to most softwares. Some new feature
differentiated one from the other and created a brief marketing
advantage, but that is becoming less common today as all the
softwares begin to look and act more like each other. Simple
evolution of product.

Take a look at RhinoGold. It’s amazing what you get, especially when
compared to the multi-thousand dollar programs that now seem to be
desperate for new “features” that will differentiate them from the
pack.

While you’re looking, look at this, you’ll be glad you did. I have
known this very, very intelligent and helpful man for many years. I
get nothing and expect nothing for the referral, but you really
should look at this if you are interested in CAD…Ray has been
down the road.

http://www.3dji.com

Wayne


#6
And how would you say is the best way to go about learning 3d 

Look up books which introduce 3D graphics as a general subject. Try
to avoid those that concentrate on specific software. I cannot recall
any titles right now, but browsing websites like Amazon and others
using 3D graphics as a search criteria should help.

There are many 3D forums. Asking active participants on their
recommendation of books can produce some results.

Take a general introduction to 3D graphics in your local college.

MIT have this program now that one can download their courses. The
service is free and very helpful. They may have something on 3D
graphics. Their website http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home

It may appear as a slow start, but it would save you a lot of time
later.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#7

Hey

Thanks for the insight

What do you think of Rays program Solutech? do you think its worth
the money or is RhinkGold a better bet? Oh and one last thing if you
dont mind. Is it really worth the money for the other programs? Is
the learning curve better and can you get pieces done quicker

Thanks once again
JP