Three dimensional or 3D designs, structures and animations have become so popular that it has almost become a craze. The use of 3D can be seen in almost every field right from movies to medicine, from engineering to designing etc. 3D involves the use of the three dimensions of length, width and depth. The irony is that we survive and do the daily jobs in this medium or in other words we live, eat and breathe 3D. Yet it is only for the past few years that this technology has been successfully used in a number of fields.
For example floor and structural plans for a building were previously put only on paper as drawing by the trusted structural engineer in Brisbane. But now building information modelling or BIM which puts forth a 3D image of the whole idea is the most preferred method. This enables the builders, designers, and owners etc. to virtually walk through the design of the facility before even the ground work is done.
Uses of 3D in different fields
It is not only the structural engineer, who has discovered the use of this technology in his field. There are a number of different fields which successfully implement this technology in many different ways, some of which are given below.
• Architectural visualisation: As the name suggests, this makes use of the technology to virtually make people see what buildings and landscapes will look like after completion. They are so well perceived that they even have vehicles and people moving on the roads around the buildings. In fact when a 3D video is being created, you can also experiment with colour schemes and different designs and see its effect virtually in real life.
• 3D visualisation suite: This is one of the most upcoming fields which are already creating ripples in the automobile, aerospace, defence industries, medical and healthcare sector as well as other consumer sectors. Right from military planning to oil explorations and drilling, the use of 3D has enabled the people involved not only to do data analysis but also visually see the results of the same.
• 3D printing: This has transformed the way pictures and banners are printed. Nowadays 2D printing has already become a thing of the past. Especially in the field of advertising, 3D printing is being used to make hoardings, banners, flyers etc.
• Movies: The most important industry to become wholly dependent on this technology and embrace it wholeheartedly has been the movie-making industry. The use of 3D graphics and animations has given movie making a new meaning. Now nothing is impossible for this industry. From aliens to prehistoric beings, from futuristic technologies to visually stunning special effects; everything has become so easy. This is also true for animated movies wherein 3D technology has brought about a sea-change in the movies made. Now these animated movies almost seem real.