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How to make a 3D model for a product demo that will use Flash

Suggestions for 3D renders?

9:08 pm on Apr 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Here’s the situation.

Someone here wants to have a demo of a product on our website. I will say it is a wrench. They want to show it opening and closing and point out it’s features and benefits.

In the past, I have sent these projects to another company that would “scan” the product and create a 3D render then build out the demo in Flash. This I would then post on the site.

However, I am being asked if there is a way for me to do this in-house.

Does anyone have any ideas? How would I make a 3D model? I am assuming I will need some different software. Currently I have CS3 Design Premium.

Any feed back you can give me to get my research started would be helpful.


11:44 am on Apr 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There's a lot of of software available for doing this but it's a steep... scratch that... there's no curve. It's straight up. :P Do you have experience working with a timeline or video? That will certainly help.

There's a few decent free apps available, have a look at TruSpaces and Blender.

1:26 pm on Apr 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the response.

I am a web designer and I do a lot of stuff in Flash so I am hoping there is something out there that will not take that long to learn.

I will look into those programs you mentioned.


1:36 pm on Apr 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Now that I think of it I recently came across an offering from Google. That was trialware though.
2:43 pm on Apr 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The Blender software seems very interesting. Has anyone used this before? What's the learning curve like? Any good books for a total noob to 3D?

Has anyone ever done any Ray Tracing? What sort of equipment is needed for that or is that over kill to render a wrench?

How do blender 3D render/animations export to Flash?

Any ideas?

3:15 pm on Apr 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You'll have to work back from Flash whatever works the best... For example with the 3-d animation software I'm using if I want to import into a video I'll render the animation as sequential .tga's using alpha channel. My video editor can import these and will assemble them as individual frames. Works perfectly for overlays.
2:06 pm on May 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You could do your rendering directly in Flash, managing movement and perspective mathematically. Examples from Mr. Corbin [adobe.com].
2:43 pm on May 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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That's a cool article, one I will save. But I am not sure if that will be able to pull off what I am thinking.

I found an example of what I want to do online but I am not sure if it would be appropriate to post the link.

If anyone is interested please contact me.



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