Archive for category: 3D model import and export

A Framework for Utilizing Realtime 3D Applications in Architectural Practice and Urban Design

The technologies and demand for realtime 3D visualization in architectural design and urban planning will almost certainly be commonplace in the years ahead, but realizing the full breadth of what is possible when realtime 3D is combined with multi-user, online user-generated environments will require a paradigm shift.

Read more

3D mesh imports now (finally!) possible in Second Life! No, seriously… I have screenshots to prove it.

This long awaited ‘holy grail’ feature in Second Life has now finally arrived! The subject of numerous false starts, April fool’s jokes, and much controversy – it is now possible to import 3D models directly into Second Life.

Read more

Mesh Imports Coming to Second Life Q2 2010

Today, Linden Lab announced that mesh imports, or the ability to import models created in external 3D modeling apps will be available for beta testing Q2 2010.  For architects and other AEC professionals and educators, this has been the long awaited ‘holy grail’ for integration with virtual worlds.  Instead of having to replicate designs or […]

Read more

Construction Complete! Before and After Images of Architectural Prototyping in Second Life

Dedato, an architecture and design firm based in Amsterdam has now moved into its new headquarters – a 5 story design they prototyped in the online, multi-user virtual world of Second Life before construction started.  Rakeem Buaku, who coordinated the virtual construction, called the project a success, and said he would definitely consider using virtual worlds […]

Read more

Video demo of 3D Mesh import, diffusion lighting, and the newly improved Second Life viewer

Here is a video, uploaded by HVXSilverstar, showing Tom Hale’s demo at SLCC 09 of mesh import and diffusion (reflective) lighting. And here is a sneak peek at the new viewer: More to come!  Many thanks to HVXSilverstar for making these videos available.

Read more

3D Mesh Import into Second Life: A Sneak Peek at SLCC!

I couldn’t be there, so I don’t know exactly how it went down (note to self… don’t miss SLCC next year!).  All I can do is paste a few early snippets from those who witnessed the announcement: “At his keynote today at SLCC09, Tom Hale aka T Linden presented a sneak peak of 3D mesh import into […]

Read more

PRIM to BIM: The past, present and hopeful future of Architecture Islands

Thanks so much for all of the thoughts and comments many of you have shared.  I’ve combined several comments to the original post in order to help clarify a few points. First of all – I’m definitely not leaving Second Life or virtual worlds!  I’m not disenchanted with the platform by any means, and I fully intend to […]

Read more

Hanging up the old shoehorn: Stunning realtime multi-user architectural visualization in a web browser

Are browser-based virtual environments the way of the future for virtual design visualization?   Here is a brief overview of 4 of the many emerging platforms or related services to watch, and some thoughts about how they fit into the bigger picture of virtual worlds and architecture. I’ll start with MellaniuM.  I’ve been following MellaniuM’s work […]

Read more

3D Model Interoperability in Second Life

We really, really need your help on this one!  I am confident that if the readers of this blog collectively vote as a unified voice to push 3D Model Interoperability as a priority item for Linden Lab, we will be heard.  You all know that Importing and exporting models is currently the biggest bottleneck preventing […]

Read more
© Copyright - ARCH Virtual -