Khemlani, Lachmi Into 3D With form.Z

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Into 3D With form.Z

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9780070349339: Into 3D With form.Z

Get up to speed on formoZ--the 3D modeling program of choice for architects and designers--with this first-of-its-kind, task-simplifying guide. Drawing on her several years of experience teaching formoZ workshops, author Lachmi Khemlani lets you bypass classroom instruction and lengthy software manuals, taking you step-by-step through the building blocks of formoZ. With an easy-to-follow workshop format that's tailor-made for both engineers and intermediate users, this all-in-one resource shows you how to create a variety of 2D and 3D objects; transform objects by various means to achieve desired configurations; derive 3D objects from 2D shapes in a number of ways; conceptualize dimension and scale, and work at multiple topological levels; personalize the formoZ work environment by creating customized colors, layers, reference planes, views, and symbol libraries; achieve realistic lighting and rendering effects with multiple light types, radiosity-based rendering, texture mapping, and decals; and much more. Into 3D With formoZ: includes a detailed appendix that introduces users to the drafting module, which helps in converting 3D models to 2D prints. There's also 400 how-to graphics, 32 pages of full-color illustrations, and a companion CD-ROM packed with full formoZ files for study and practice, plus a working demo of formoZ, release 3.0. It all adds up to the clearest, most complete look at formoZ you can get.

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Form Z is updated from time to time, and it is not always possible to ensure that the CD included in the book is the most recent demo. Readers are welcome to go to the formz website for a free download of the demo.

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form.Z is easily the best program for 3D design, beating more expensive programs hands-down when it comes to simplicity and ease of use. At the same time, it is very sophisticated and powerful--there is nothing you can conceive of that you cannot model in form.Z. This book is a comprehensive guide to the latest version of the program, based on my extensive teaching experience with it at Berkeley. I start with the most simple tools and operations, and gradually lead you to the more complex parts, covering all aspects of the program by the end of the book. The format is that of a "workshop"-- there are sets of exercises bringing together related tools and concepts, each concluding with a design problem, the modeling and rendering of which is described in detail. The design problems encompass a broad range of fields: architecture, interior design, urban design, structural design, product design, even graphic design!

The content of this book has evolved considerably from the time I first taught my form.Z course, based on my assessment of the manner in which the students responded to it, and their direct feedback and evaluation of the course after each session. I consider the carefully thought-out and organized sequence in which the material is presented as the main strength of this book. I have taken special care to avoid writing it as a manual! This is decidedly a "book"-- all the tools and their operations are described as they are most likely to be used and need to be learned by you rather than in the sequence in which they appear in the program.

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