3D Visualization Software in Wood Manufacturing

By Bill Esler | Posted: 10/09/2013 2:03PM


Bill Esler woodworkingnetwork Wood Lumber Custom Cabinets   Imagining how a room will look with a particular cabinetry, paneling or laminate flooring is one of the toughest challenges for interior design clients.

The mental preview assembled from swatches and tags of elements, such as veneered panels, mouldings and ceiling panels, frequently rendered as a sketch, or drawn from looking at multiple photos, rarely matches the ultimate outcome.

Sometimes the end result is better than expected; other times, not. Disputes have been known to follow after the completion of work, not because specifications weren’t met, but because expectations weren’t fulfilled.

While designers hold a special skill in imagining “what something will look like,” it’s harder for clients.

But steady advances in 3D visualization software are making inroads. Just as 3D has made superior advances in the movie business, design and production software firms  - Autodesk, 20-20, MicroVellum, KCD, Vero, etc. – have developed programs for envisioning and projecting in full size how a room or object within a room will look.

Applications allow walls, floors and cabinetry to be re-rendered in different colors, patterns or wood species.  Suddékor and Shattdécor both have delved into 3D visualization for applications of their décor papers.  Also in development: 3D cameras to capture existing interior spaces, so before and after renderings can be created.                            


This blog also appears at Franklin Adhesive's website, where Bill Esler is a regular contributor.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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