Into 3D with Form Z: Modeling, Rendering, and Animation

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McGraw-Hill, 1999 - Architecture - 430 pages
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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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About the author (1999)

Khemlani is a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Berkeley, a Masters from Cambridge (UK) and a BA from the Indian Institute of Technology, all in architecture. She has written a number of papers on computer-aided design.

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