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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 ...
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Overview

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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Lachmi Khemlani

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form.Z is easily the best program for 3D design, beating more expensive programs hands-down when it comes to simplicity and ease of use. At the same time, it is very sophisticated and powerful — there is nothing you can conceive of that you cannot model in form.Z. This book is a comprehensive guide to the latest version of the program, based on my extensive teaching experience with it at Berkeley. I start with the most simple tools and operations, and gradually lead you to the more complex parts, covering all aspects of the program by the end of the book. The format is that of a "workshop" — there are sets of exercises bringing together related tools and concepts, each concluding with a design problem, the modeling and rendering of which is described in detail. The design problems encompass a broad range of fields: architecture, interior design, urban design, structural design, product design, even graphic design!

The content of this book has evolved considerably from the time I first taught my form.Z course, based on my assessment of the manner in which the students responded to it, and their direct feedback and evaluation of the course after each session. I consider the carefully thought-out and organized sequence in which the material is presented as the main strength of this book. I have taken special care to avoid writing it as a manual! This is decidedly a "book" — all the tools and their operations are described as they are most likely to be used and need to be learned by you rather than in the sequence in which they appear in the program.

To see a detailed table of contents and images of the design problems tackled in the book, visit the following Website: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~lachmi/formZbook/formZbook.htm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070349339
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/24/1999
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Getting Acquainted 1
Workshop 1 Letting Yourself Go 15
1 Beginning with 2D: A Complete Session 16
2 Direct 3D 29
3 Some Basic Functions 37
4 Combining Objects in Various Ways: The Booleans 46
Assignment: A Simple Pavilion 52
Workshop 2 Bringing a Sense of Scale 57
1 Sizing Up Your World 58
2 Restraining the Cursor 64
3 Transcending Objects: Working at Multiple Levels 73
4 Executing Transformations and Making Copies 84
5 Insertions: A Convenient Alternative to Booleans 101
Assignment: An Architectural Block Model 106
Workshop 3 Personalizing Your Environment 115
1 Your Own Colors and Styles 116
2 Controlling the Displays 120
3 Working with Layers 126
4 Using Your Own Reference Planes 133
5 Having Different Views 140
6 Specifying Your Preferences 159
Assignment: An Item of Furniture 163
Workshop 4 Enhancing Your Modeling Capabilities 175
1 Going Round and Up and Down 176
2 Sweeping Your Way Through 186
3 Skinning Your Forms 192
4 Cutting Your Sections 198
5 Moving Over Rugged Terrains 202
6 The Remaining Derivatives 207
7 Rounding Objects and Drafting Angles 211
8 Cultivating Attachments 218
9 Alignments, Extensions, and Placements 224
Assignment: Site Planning for Urban Design 230
Workshop 5 Illuminating and Texturing Your World 237
1 Imaging 238
2 Lights Galore! 252
3 Radiosity Based Rendering 271
4 A Closer Look at Textures 278
5 Other Object Properties 291
Assignment: A Table Lamp 295
Workshop 6 Becoming Enmeshed in Your Creations 305
1 Plain and Smooth Meshes 306
2 Moving, Disturbing, and Deforming Meshes 314
3 Displacing Meshes 323
4 Controlled Curves and Meshes 331
5 Nurbz and Patch Objects 339
6 Cutting and Gluing Meshes 348
Assignment: A Curved Roof Structure for a Stadium 353
Workshop 7 Ending with More 363
1 Writing in 3D 364
2 The Power of Symbols 370
3 The Metaphysics of Metaformz 377
4 Panoramic Views and QuickTime VR 384
5 Animating Your World 389
Assignment: Book Cover Design 399
App Brief Overview of the Drafting Module 409
Index 423
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    The majority of this book is extremly well thought out and clear. It introduced the fundamentals and quickly injected some of the more powerful tools in a manner in which could easily be followed. It does demand working through the book from the beginning to end so that all the concepts covered roll into the proceeding section(s)...

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