3D technology is making waves in architecture and related fields. It has offered architects numerous benefits and opportunities ranging from better design techniques to marketing. This was not always the case. In fact, 3D rendering is relatively new to architecture and construction. The technology has advanced considerably over the recent past and is expected to make great strides in the coming future.
Here is a brief overview of the current state of 3D architectural rendering and an insight into what the future holds.
The Present State of 3D Rendering
Most people confuse 3D rendering for 3D modeling. Modeling is the more complex process that involves making miniature, physical replicas of buildings and other objects. These models are often made of plastic. 3D rendering, on the other hand, involves getting a crystal-clear, comprehensive picture of the object itself, in this case the building.
3D architectural rendering involves presenting a proposed building as a virtual model. Every aspect of the building is captured and measured to scale. This includes shapes, dimensions, colors, and even texture.
3D renders are mostly presented as videos or complex photographs. They may also be presented as holograms using the right equipment. It offers a more precise and accurate picture of what to expect and has proven useful for a wide range of uses including design and marketing. However, there is plenty of more room for improvement.
What Does the Future Hold?
3D technology has come a long way over a few years. It is advancing by the day, and it promises great opportunities in the near future. From 2017-2023, it is expected to grow with 15% compound annual growth rate, according to Market Research Future.
For architects, the future of 3D rendering will lead to the creation of whole virtual buildings – construction will get a virtual side to it as well. The technology will utilize virtual reality gadgets to give architects’ audiences tours of virtual versions of proposed buildings. Buildings can be scaled to size and each room designed as intended. Other factors such as interior design can also be taken into account.
3D rendering is already helping improve architectural design at the moment. Advances in technology will further improve this and give architects even more versatile tools to come up with better and more dynamic building designs. Should the laws of physics play ball, then humanity could be looking forward to revolutionary building projects much like the upcoming sky-scrapper projects.
3D rendering has proven to be an indispensible technology for architecture and construction in general. It has already opened up a wealth of benefits and opportunities to architecture and many other industries including interior design, real estate, retail, and medicine.