I had experimented (and used in projects) with other 3D software beforehand and alongside form•Z, but over the years I have drifted increasingly to being a fully-fledged form•Z-er. The import/export facilities in form•Z, its accuracy, the responsiveness on relatively low spec computers while modeling, and the vast amount of modeling tools which I will never get bored with, continue to stir my interest in form•Z.
"I learned about Rapid Prototyping and about how large manufacturers were using CAD/CAM to produce perfect master models. I researched all the CAD products at the time and chose form•Z due to several recommendations from those in the rapid prototyping field as to its intuitive modeling, relative ease of learning, and relative low cost."
Here's how it works when making a ring: Pollack starts by creating the "finger hole cutting tool," which is just an extruded circle of the proper diameter for the finger size. He then places solid models of gemstones which he has created over the years, scaled to the sizes being used. Then he creates the ring itself usually by extruding the profile from which he subtracts the finger hole cutting tool. The process is a union of craft and the understanding of technology.
"The shank thickness, prong diameter and length, stone placement and angles, etc. are all built into the model based on my knowledge as a goldsmith, but the numeric entry allowed by form•Z makes these inputs accurate to the specific stones being used."
Once the model is finished, Pollack saves the file in .stl format for output to Rapid Prototyping equipment. The machines print hot wax in 2D with the third dimension added by the table dropping down and printing the next layer on top of the last until the whole 3D model is built.
David Pickering Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
David Pickering, Proprietor
"Pinto and Flounder offer brilliant Interior, Exterior Architectural Visualisation, Exhibit Booth Design, Point of Display and Product Design. My principal modelling tool is form•Z, as it offers both the modelling and rendering power necessary for commercial work. Clients love the results of good visualisation and it wins business."
Modeled and rendered in form•Z RenderZone Other software applications used are: Photoshop, VectorWorks & LightWave.
In high school I always wanted to be an architectural artist. I dabbled in 3d programs like FormZ here and there starting back in 2002. I came to find my niche while interning for PEH ARCHITECTURE though. No one at the firm really did any architecture illustrations. When being hired and going full time I spent my off time bettering my skills at Form•Z and SketchUp & soon fell into the position of "Architectural Illustrator" for the firm. I have worked for PEH ARCHITECTURE for 2 years now and continue to further my knowledge of Form•Z every chance I get. We now have renderings for almost every project we do. I now do freelance renderings as well.
juice.gb design Fordingbridge, Hampshire United Kingdom
Juice.gb provides its clients with a wide range of services from product and graphic design through to 3D animation, which invariably includes the use of Form•Z’s modeling flexibility. This means that Form•Z is central in the planning and execution of the majority of creative projects, used for anything from architectural and exhibition visuals to modelling for animation, and technical or creative illustration. Simply the best toolset available for creative 3D solutions.
"This is the first project with which I used a rendering program of any kind and form•Z has totally changed the way I deal with clients. I used to spend countless hours constructing actual models for client approval. Now I accomplish the same thing in about a day, along with variations, and the results have been very well received. I have always felt that it is too easy to 'lie' with a perspective sketch. With computer renderings I do not feel I have to apologize for unexpected results-what you see is pretty much what you get. I love them and the clients do too. The renderings shown here were done in the Spring of 2001. Construction of the project started in June 2001. The , 'Wow! It looks just like the picture.'"
OZÖN was formed at the beginning of 2004 to serve our clients as a turnkey design/ rendering/ 3D modeling and visualization studio. Roland Hoyle is the principal. He came from Thrive Design in Portland, where he served as creative director for two years. OZÖN is the continuation of Zedstudioz, which has been using form•Z since 1992. "The images presented here are the result of collaboration over the years with Peter Craycroft, one of the leading innovators in the field of retail environment design. EyeBox would like to thank Peter and his group at Thrive for their patronage. We have found form•Z to be the most extraordinary combination of great modeling, superb rendering and, most important of all, a truly dedicated company that really supports its users with excellent technical support. Combined with ElectricImage, we are able to provide our clients with compelling visualization, fly-bys, and walkabouts done under the strictest of deadlines."
"Orth Furniture was founded in 1976 and specializes in building residential furniture, liturgical and ceremonial objects, and designs for the furniture industry. My process is in equal parts digital design, small shop production methods, and medieval handwork. I was introduced to form•Z while teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and it has now become an integral part of our process from beginning to end. form•Z enables me to explore and communicate fresh, occasionally outlandish, ideas in furniture design with convincing effect. Because the quality of the renderings is rich and satisfying, form•Z is a perfect complement to our highly crafted wood, metal, and glass products. For years I did what I could to render my concepts by traditional 2D means, whereas by nature I am a 3D designer/builder with only moderate ability as an illustrator. Now form•Z enables me to work in my area of expertise as a (virtual) builder and yet attain a persuasive 2D output. I love having to tell a prospective client for the second or third time that a form•Z modeled concept has not yet been built. But form•Z is much more than presentation. From the very beginning of the design process the form•Z display modes, view parameter controls, and navigational tools give me accurate spatial feedback and confidence in what I am seeing on the screen."
Competition entry for the Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington, D.C. Conceptual design model
"Ocean US found form•Z exceptionally suited to conceptual design analysis of what is essentially a landscape project for the Martin Luther King Memorial competition. The macro-transformation tool was particularly useful for analytical transformations of conceptual Òpotentials" across the landscape in a coherent system that seamlessly weaves site, structure, and program. Ocean US believes in the use of technique as the basis for design, in particular, the use of computing and parametrics. We found form•Z not only an extremely helpful visualization tool by its quick sketch nature, but also a strong conceptualization and analytical tool in its own right." - Kevin A. Cespedes, Associate Director
"I created these images after I had been using form•Z for only a few months and I was still new to 3D modeling. I have done a lot of work for the airline and the pharmaceutical industries. Most of the work is product design but occasionally I am asked to do illustrations of existing products and prototypes. My background is in graphic design and I found the transition from 2D to 3D design packages easy with form•Z."
O'Brien Travis Jaccard, Inc. is an interior architectural design firm founded in 1990 by Anne O'Brien, IIDA. The firm specializes in corporate and law firm interiors and has experience in government offices, medical offices, retail, hospitality and an embassy. In 1996, Anne was joined by her partner Lance Jaccard, AIA, NCARB. In addition to the two Principals, the firm currently employes nineteen full-time employees. Composed of one registered architect, six intern architects, four NCIDQ certified interior designers, three interior designers, one librarian/procurement specialist and four administrative support staff.
"The services we provide include programming, space planning, design development, architectural construction documents, square foot calculations, project and construction budgeting, bid coordination, ADA conformance surveys, furniture procurement, and construction administration. Our design studio is organized into three distinct sections by type of work: Government, Landlord/Developer, and Tenant Design.
We recognize the importance of clear, accurate and timely information and instituted standard operating procedure for quality control. Our goal is to work with our clients to create meaningful workplaces through listening, understanding and responsive design."
O'Brien Travis Jaccard uses form•Z both as a design process tool and as a presentation tool. "We start early in a project with basic modeling and massing to discuss design intent and preliminary form. Then we add detail, color and texture to bring a project to life and investigate form, material, and lighting. form•Z makes it easy to revise our ideas, view our every inspiration, and let our imaginations run wild. We utilize form•Z's exceptional rendering engine to produce highly realistic, photo quality renderings that we use to present our ideas and inspirations to our clients."