How to Create Normal Maps from Photographs

Contents What are Normal Maps? How to Take Photographs for Normal Maps How to Create Normal Maps from Photographs with DreamLight’s Filter Forge Filter How to Create Normal Maps from Photographs with DreamLight’s Nodal Surface for LightWave 3D How to … Read More

A Method for Simulating Intelligence by Programming a Virtual Mind

Here’s a TBT blog post from our provisional patent filing for a method for simulating intelligence by programming a virtual mind. This foundational technology was used to create our proof of concept Quipples™ The Internet Game Show of Satirical Riddles … Read More

Recommended Animation Image File Types

A question I’m often asked is: “What are the recommended animation image file types?” There are many different animation image file types available depending upon which particular software you may be using to create your animation such as LightWave 3D, … Read More

How to create a waving flag with LightWave 3D ClothFX

Happy Independence Day! July 4th – Spirit of 1776 Today I’ll show you how to create a waving flag with LightWave 3D ClothFX. I used this approach to create a 3D animated greeting for Independence Day as a social media … Read More

3D CGI Animation Production Process

One of the most common questions I receive from prospective clients is: “What does the 3D CGI animation production process entail?” 3D CGI animation has become so widespread these days that people sometimes think it is a quick and simple … Read More

How to Import Solidworks Files into Modo, LightWave 3D Modeler & Blender

We often work with clients that have 3D Solidworks models of their products or devices that they wish us to bring to life with 3D CGI animation. Our normal 3D animation pipeline uses Modo for 3D modeling and LightWave 3D … Read More

3D Printing Missing Thumb Nuts to Refurbish a Telescope

This post documents a recent project about 3D printing missing thumb nuts that we used to refurbish a telescope. I recently had the opportunity to pick up an old Orion SkyQuest Intelliscope XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope for free. It looked … Read More

How to Model for 3D Printing with Modo

This month’s peek behind the scenes tutorial will show you how to model for 3D printing with modo. It will walk you through the major steps I took to create a completely closed watertight mesh for use in 3D printing … Read More

How to Use Displacements in LightWave 3D to Animate Rippling Water Waves

In today’s blog post we’ll take a peek behind the scenes of a recent 3D Consumer Product Animation project and show how to use displacements in LightWave 3D to animate rippling water waves. This is a rather quick and easy … Read More

How to Use Instances in LightWave 3D to Animate Rouge Crystal Growth

This blog post gives a behind the scenes peek of how to use instances in LightWave 3D. We used the following technique to create a 3D animation of rouge (rust/corrosion) crystal growth in stainless steel pharmaceutical or food processing equipment. … Read More

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