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FREE AutoCAD Libraries
Looking for free 3d models for your 3D Max Studio, Vray, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Maya for your project? Look no further, we’ve compiled 8 amazing websites that offers free 3D libraries for your 3D projects.
↓ 01 – ArchiBase
A very simple site with 3d models in popular 3ds, dxf, max, dwg formats for AutoCAD and Max.
↓ 02 – Evermotion
This is one of my favorite 3D model downloading sites, they offer high quality professional library all for free. The site is somewhat hard to navigate but the exploring is worth the trouble. Happy digging.
↓ 03 – 3Delicious
As the name implies, they only have finger licking good delicious models. All in Max, 3ds, gsm, lwo format ready to be download without registration.
↓ 04 – ShareCG
Their 3D models come in Max, 3ds, car, wire, jas, c4d, daz, dwg formats, it is a community based sharing platform where everyone contributes.
↓ 05 – Mr.Furniture
They have almost 10,000 free 3D models for furniture, textures, chairs, tables, plants, beds, interior in .3ds, .max and .dxf. format. Any interior modern furniture you want, they have it.
↓ 06 – WireCase
Wirecase offers high quality download of 3D models from their impressive catalog of the highest quality models, all for free. The models are available in Max, 3ds, dxf, lwo, blend, obj, fbx formats.
↓ 07 – 3dmodelfree.com
Unlike other sites, 3dmodelfree.com allows you to download the complete environment set. A very good way of exploring how 3Dmax is being used by the experts.
↓ 08 – Archive3D
Close to 20,000+ free 3Dmax models for download without registration required. Archive3D is one of the pioneers in 3Dmax download, perhaps one of the best.
There is a new unique handwriting style of Architects font for those interested in creating a more ‘sketch’ like presentation – Prov Architect NDP (USD20). Check out my previous articles on Architecture and Fonts.
I purchased the font and found it useful on titles of the drawings, not so much on the text. There is a reason why some fonts are meant for titles and some are meant for full paragraph of texts. Check out this infographic on the difference between Serf and San fonts. That is why Times New Roman is the preferred text in most books.
Not quite what I had in mind, here is a blog that has some really interesting collection of construction mistakes, only a handful of them are technical errors. The image below is definitely the mother of all construction error, can you imagine the amount of effort wasted?
Sometimes, it is us human with our arrogant attitude and the resistance towards technology that causes all these unnecessary construction mistakes, gone are those days where the only colour available for drawing are black and blue, isn’t it time we introduce some colours into the technical drawings? Let’s say we separate the lines into two categories, one for the building outline and another colour for specifications/arrows/highlights or denotes.
Comic by Grant Snider, true, very true. I guess it is like us trying to understand those funky and weird dresses at a fashion show.
Comic Source: Dilbert
The mother of all presentation crits, read also the previous entry at Architectural Presentation Crits.
- “You don’t care about this project, do you? So I won’t say anything about it”
- “You have good sense of humor but architects don’t…”
- “Anyone got any matches… so I can burn this”
- “Architecture? I think you should just go straight to becoming a demolition man because you just created a mess”
- “My dog would not even live in this”
- “I like where u put that balcony, looks like a good place to jump from after setting eyes on this horrible building”
- “Do u draw with you mothers eyeliner”
- “Were you on drugs when you did this (model)?”
- “Where did you shove your colour pencils when you draw that”?
- This girl presented her project, and at the end of it the tutor asks her how long she spent on it, she explains that she spent all night and worked really hard on it… He tells her that she’s lying because she’s wearing make-up, and if you have time to do your make-up, you have time to work more on a project… He then proceeded to fail her
- Tutor – “Can i use your model as an example for the other first years?”
Student – “Yeah of course you can!”
Tutor – “Don’t get excited, i want to use it as an example of what not to do”
Student – “Oh…”
- A Girl brought in a model she had finished with plaster. When she entered the room, students and crits thought it was a cake and started singing happy birthday. Needless to say she was devastated.
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1903, New York Times building, United States. Image Source – Shorpy
1932, Rockefeller Center, United States. “Lunch atop a Skyscraper”. Image Source – Wikipedia
1936, Golden Gate Bridge, United States. Image Source – History Photos
1887, Eiffel Tower, France. Image Source – Wikipedia
1938, Fallingwater, United States. Image Source – Where’s Liz
1970, Sydney Opera House, Australia. Image Source – Integral Building Group
1930, Villa Savoye, France. Image Source – Archive of Affinities
1894, Tower Bridge, London. Photo: GETTY/HULTON
1914, St.Ignatius Church, San Francisco. Image Source – UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library
1955, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, United States. Image Source – Wikipedia
Empire State Building, New York, United States. Source – Flavor Wire
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China. Source – Unknown
World Trade Center, New York, United States. Source – Unknown
Keep calm and carry… a chair. Okay, not quite, everyone has this WTF moment and those 3d max recovery programs or office document software simply doesn’t work.
As for the poster below, it is inspired by the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, the poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War. It is now an internet meme.