Blender is a well known software in the field of digital graphics. Especially in the category of 3D graphics. The application is a great free alternative to the best names around. Blender is available completely free of charge. Thanks to the open source license under which the development team decided to distribute it.
The free-opensource nature of Blender should not leave you thinking of a low-level software with a poor online service. The application in fact provides powerful modelling tools in three dimensions. With the possibility of obtaining final products comparable to those produced by very expensive programs and used in professional environments.
Blender has also managed to distinguish itself in different contexts. In many cases, even in business environments, it has been a much cheaper alternative remaining at a good quality level. Until now, this application is also used for the creation of video games. In particular thanks to the special features that meet the developers in creating graphical environments for their titles.
3D solids modeling
With Blender you can model a 3D object, enrich it with a series of animations that can meet different needs, render it and then move on to post-production video. All these opportunities are available thanks to a rich collection of tools, both basic and advanced, integrated into the software and accessible with a few clicks. Exporting is also quite simple, with a good level of compatibility with the most widely used file formats.
Speaking of accessibility, we have to mention the University of Michigan. Where they have developed a technology that allows you to show the display’s text in braille alphabet on a device similar to an eBook reader or a tablet. In a nutshell, it is a pneumatic system that selectively raises certain points on the display surface, so as to compose letters and words that can be perceived by the blind.
Now, moving on to what interests us most, modeling of solid objects for 3D printing. For example, we have a long list of options to give the effect that we most like to the object that we want to achieve. We can also modify the textures to simulate different materials and colors and preview what our finished result will be. The rendering engine, in fact, offers good performance in many operating environments. Although we will need adequate hardware to make quite complicated compositions.
With Blender it is therefore possible to carry out any 3D processing. From simple logos to entire 3D movies, up to complex video games of any kind. Blender is therefore a software to be taken into consideration if you intend to embrace the art of 3D graphics. In fact, even if it is free, it has been able to emerge among brands, which are synonymous with warranty and that had in hand the market.
BLENDER: Some Flaws
Now the sore points … one of the main flaws of this software is the GUI (Graphical User Interface). it has been long criticized on many fronts and not able to satisfy less experienced users in terms of usability because it is not intuitive.
Overall, the interface of Blender is divided into menus and submenus wrapped and not all the tools are immediately accessible. For this reason, it is necessary to have a certain period of acclimatization or the vision of some online tutorials before being able to fully appreciate its full potential.
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