- Hardcover: 650 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3000342885
- ISBN-13: 978-3000342882
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,967,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3D Car Modeling with Rhinoceros Hardcover – 2011
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Description: This book is written for professionals and those who want to become one. Polygon modeling is widely used in the computer visualization. The construction using NURBS, however, is rather mainly used in the engineering and construction. In contrast to the construction with polygons, the Nurbs modeling has some advantages. So, you can construct very precisely. Almost all industrially produced products can be modeled much more precise and faster with NURBS as with polygon techniques. This course is meant to bring a very powerful tool closer to ambitious 3D artists in the area of 3d visualization. If you know both ways of modeling you can choose to most effective way according to the requirements of the product. With the Know-How of this book, you can construct industrial products faster and more precisely than with polygon techniques. About the author: André Kutscherauer is 3D artist in munich, germany. He has worked for many years in the field of 3D visualization. He visualized thousands of designs for a major household appliance manufacturer and create 3D animations for marketing and advertising. In addition to its main activity, he realizes free art projects, is author and worked as a freelance lecturer at universities.
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It is without question the best tutorial I have ever read (and I've read many).
The book is exactly as it was represented in the advertising.
My copy shipped from Germany and arrived in perfect condition, and within the estimated arrival time.
If you are serious about taking your Rhinoceros skills to the next level, this could be the best money you'll spend. It was for me!
With family and full time job I finally got 2 hours a day dedicated for this book. After several attempts to get going I gave up in frustration.
The screenshots in the book are useless, they are too small and smudged out; the instructions are incomplete and contradictory and laced with trivial errors.
It seems like the readers are the beta testers.
Edit: I got the pdf version of the book.
That is a game changer, the PDF is worth every penny.
I'm not sure about the book though.
When I came across a review of this book, the thing that stood out to me was the quality of the finished 3D model. I know enough about surface modeling to realize that a model of this quality requires some pretty good surface modeling techniques.
So I bit the bullet and dropped $120.- for the printed book version. The book is beautiful and very high quality. There are step by step guides that walk you through the entire modeling process. Each step is accompanied with images of the icons used as well as a screenshot showing what you are working on. The book is translated from German and although the English is not perfect 100% of the time I find it easy to follow along and perform the steps of the tutorial.
From a technical point of view, it is important that you follow the steps in the book precisely. The author creates curves in such a way that the resulting surfaces between them are single span where they can be. If you want to end up with the same high-quality model it is important that you use and understand the degree of the curves as well as the number of control vertices.
If there has to be a drawback to the printed version of the book it would have to be the size of the screenshots. Most of the time they illustrate perfectly what you are trying to achieve but there are some instances where the small size makes it difficult to see what is going on exactly. This is where the scalable pdf version of the book is more useful. I however like the more tactile experience of a real book (yeah I know, I'm getting old).
In summary, while this book is not cheap, it is worth every penny that I spent on it. If you are a Rhino user and you want to take your surfacing skills to the next level, this book is the tool to get you there.