3d Character Challenge over at CGTrader

Want to participate in the challenge? Just head on over to CGTrader for a quick look at all the rules and additional info and spend a minute or two drooling over the cool prizes up for grabs.

CGTrader hosting a 3d printing contest
CGTrader is hosting a 3d printing contest which gives us a great reason to test out our new 3d printing tools in Blender.
Dalia from CGTrader writes:
I am writing from CGTrader – we run a 3D model marketplace for artists and designers.
Since you have the attention of 3D designers, I wanted to let you know about a competition that could be of interest to them. We have just launched a 3D printing competition for 3D printable models – with some pretty cool prizes, including two 3D printers by Ultimaker, 3D printing of the winning model by 3D Print UK, gift cards from Sculpteo, Filaco, Stash, as well as an opportunity to sell designs in the world’s largest 3D printing store iMakr in London.
In order to participate, the designers just need to create 3D printable models in .STL format and upload them for sale or download to CGTrader. Further information on the competition is available here: http://www.cgtrader.com/challenges-and-competitions/3d-printing-competition-2013.
Looks to be some great prized up for grabs, so give it shot…. the winner could be you.
Blender Master Class by Ben Simonds

blenderwebBen Simonds, a well respected Blender user and co-director of Gecko Amimation Ltd, has written and excellent new book. Blender Master Class, published by No Starch Press.

from No Starch Press:

Blender is a powerful and free 3D graphics tool used by artists and designers worldwide. But even experienced designers can find it challenging to turn an idea into a polished piece.

For those who have struggled to create professional-quality projects in Blender, author Ben Simonds offers this peek inside his studio. You’ll learn how to create 3D models as you explore the creative process that he uses to model three example projects: a muscular bat creature, a futuristic robotic spider, and ancient temple ruins. Along the way, you’ll master the Blender interface and learn how to create and refine your own models. Read the rest of this entry »

Blenderart Magazine: Status update

We didn’t ride off into the sunset without warning, but we have been busy working on issue #40: 3D Printing. It is a big issue and between that and the holidays, we are running rather late with this issue. We have finished proofing the first draft of the magazine layout and it shouldn’t be much longer.

In other news, issue #41: Digital Sculpting only received 1 submission and due to the holidays I didn’t have time to write up all the threatened articles about fluffy bunnies and hearts, so I am going to hit the “re-wind button” and re-issue a new Call for Content #41 with a new topic that hopefully will generate more submissions.

The new Call for Content will be issued in a day or two, so be on the lookout for it and plan to submit all your blender awesomeness.

BAM on Holiday

You may have noticed that our release scheduled over the last few issues has become rather erratic. Which tells us that we need to take a break to regroup and recharge our batteries.

Winter holidays are fast approaching, making this the perfect time for BAM to take a short vacation. We will return with the new year fully recharged and ready for more blender fun.

We will post a brand new call for content the first week of January and get the blender ball rolling once more.

Have a great holiday season!

 

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