Architectural CAD Modelling and Rendering for Beginners
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Architectural CAD Modelling and Rendering for Beginners

Bring your Designs from CAD Drawings to Amazing 3D Renders
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Created by Thomas McDonald
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • CAD Modelling
  • PBR Material Creation
  • Creation of Presentation Images
Requirements
  • Computer Capable of Running FreeCAD & Blender
Description

Welcome to Architectural CAD Modelling and Rendering for Beginners. This Course uses Free CAD Software to 3D model a house then Render it with PBR Materials and Real World Lighting Conditions in Blender 2.8.

The Course is for beginners to CAD modelling and takes a practical learning approach covering the process of creating a 3D model in CAD then rendering that model.

The course begins with the basics and explains the tools and interface as we progress through the course. The course focuses on one project, introducing new tools and features as we progress between the two software applications.

This is a great skill for people looking to get into the area Architectural Modelling & visualization.

The course covers:

CAD Modelling

Mesh Clean Up

UV Mapping

Creating PBR materials

Importing Map data for visualization

Setting up Cameras

Rendering Images

Who this course is for:
  • Students in Architectural Visualization
  • CAD Modelers looking to gain new skills
  • Beginner to Intermediate Users
Course content
Expand all 49 lectures 05:27:39
+ Getting Set Up in FreeCAD with An Introduction to the Interface and Tools
5 lectures 27:52

Getting the Free & Open Source Software FreeCAD

In this lecture we take a look at where the Free and open source software FreeCAD can be downloaded from. FreeCAD is a free and open source general purpose parametric 3D modeler and building information software making it a great tool to get started in CAD.

Preview 01:13

Setting Up FreeCAD

In this lecture we look at some of the settings we can change that can help when working in freeCAD. In user preferences we have many settings that will change how the default FreeCAD application works. We also take a look at how to rearrange the toolbars.

Setting Up FreeCAD
05:55

An Introduction to the Interface in FreeCAD

We take a look at the more common tools available within FreeCAD. We look at how to switch between views either with the view widget or from the view toolbar.

We look at the toolbars and what each of them are used for. I also show an example of how auto group works. We take a look at the very important snap toolbar and how I like to set this up. We look at an example of the working plane, and how important this can be when working in FreeCAD.

An Introduction to the Interface in FreeCAD
11:55

Setting Up the ODA Converter in FreeCAD for Importing and Exporting Features

The ODA converter is a stand alone application that can be integrated into FreeCAD making it possible to import DWG files. We go through the process of how to set this up in FreeCAD.

Setting Up the ODA Converter in FreeCAD for Importing and Exporting Features
02:40

Importing a DXF File into FreeCAD

In this lecture we import a DXF file to use as reference to Model the house. We set up groups to store each of the floor levels. Groups are used in FreeCAD to organize objects in the tree view.

Importing a DXF File into FreeCAD
06:09
+ This Section Covers the CAD Modelling of the House Model
10 lectures 01:03:17

Using the Draft Wire Tool to create Wall Lines in FreeCAD

We use the draft wire tool to create the base of the walls. These lines will be used to create solid walls with the Arch wall tool later. We also begin to use the auto group option and add each draft wire object into a specific group. The placement and direction of the draft wire is important as it will effect the alignment of the walls that are created later.

Using the Draft Wire Tool to create Wall Lines in FreeCAD
09:18

In this lecture we're going to take a look at creating arch walls from draft wire. By default walls are created aligned center with a width of 200mm and height of 3000mm. This can be changed in the data properties of each wall or you can change the width and height default setting in preferences. Walls are created as solid objects and have properties we can change in the data tab.

Preview 07:29

Creating Floors in FreeCAD with the Arch Floor Tool

We use the rectangle tool to trace in each of the floors. We use the arch structure tool to create floors from the rectangle objects. These also have properties to update their dimensions.

Creating Floors in FreeCAD with the Arch Floor Tool
06:09

Creating Stairs in FreeCAD with the Arch Stairs Tool Part 1

We use the arch stairs tool to create a stairs. We use a stair profile to get the length, the number of steps and the slope. The properties for the stairs let you modify the structure very easily.

Creating Stairs in FreeCAD with the Arch Stairs Tool Part 1
06:38
Creating Stairs in FreeCAD with the Arch Stairs Tool Part 2
04:39
Adding Subtractions in FreeCAD to Modify the Modelling
08:38
Creating a Roof in FreeCAD with the Arch Roof Tool
05:06
Adding Doors & Windows in FreeCAD with the Arch Door & Window Tools
06:04
Creating Pillars in FreeCAD with the Arch Structure Tool
07:03
Exporting the Completed 3D Model from FreeCAD in OBJ Format
02:13
+ Introduction to the Blender Interface
11 lectures 01:22:04
Getting the Free & Open Source Software Blender
00:34
Enabling Add-ons & Setting up the Interface in Blender
02:10
An Introduction to the Navigation Tools in Blender
05:12
An Introduction to the 3D View and the Toolbars available
14:16
An Introduction to the Tool Shelf and the Useful Tools Available
11:40
An Introduction to Collections and how to Organize the Scene
04:20
An Introduction to the Snapping Tools in Blender
05:52
Preparing the Scene for Scale and Importing the House Modelling
04:48
Cleaning up the House Model and Fixing any Issues
20:41
Using Collections to Organise the Scene
08:42
+ This Section Covers the UV Mapping of the House Model
4 lectures 38:16
Preparing the House Model for UV Mapping
05:21
UV Mapping the House Walls
13:40
UV Mapping the House Windows
09:35
UV Mapping the House Roof and pillars
09:40
+ This Section Covers the Creation of Material of the House Model
10 lectures 01:15:06
Creating Material for each of the House Model Meshes
12:13
Creating Material for the Doors of the House Model
12:00
Creating a Brick Material for the Walls of the House Model
09:25
Creating Plaster Material for the Walls with a Brick Trim for the House Models
06:14
Creating a Brick Trim for the Walls and Around the Windows
04:32
Creating a Stairs Material for the Entrance of the House Model
05:27
Creating a Roof Material for the Roof of the House Model
06:25
Updating the Window Material and Creating a Glass Material for the House Model
05:29
Fixing any issues with the House Model
05:02
3D Modelling an exterior Environment and Creating External Materials
08:19
+ This Section Covers Setting Up the Camera & Adding Lighting to the Scene
3 lectures 14:26
Set-up the Add-on Dynamic Sky to Light the House Model
02:54
Set-up the Add-on Sun Position to Light the House Model and Animate the position
06:32
+ This Section Covers the Creation of the Environment & Rendering the Final Image
3 lectures 24:04
3D Model a Road & Create Instances of the House Model
09:10

Enable an add-on available in Blender to retreive open street data.

Open Street Maps Copyright Page - https://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright

Set-up the Add-on GIS to Import Map Data into Blender Including 3D Models of the
09:54
Using the Cycles Render Engine to Render an Image in Blender
05:00
+ Bonus Section
2 lectures 00:46
Blender to Twinmotion
00:09
Bonus Lecture
00:36