Tim Zarki dances on the line between Industrial Design and 3D in a way that nobody else does. An inspiration for thousands of designers, including our team, we we beyond excited that this collaboration was finally realized. Tim provided us with CAD of his most recent project, LAPIS, a low profile mechanical keyboard design, and we prompted the community to have some fun with the CAD.
Dennis is one of the most-featured designers on the Render Weekly feed. With a rich background in 3D and visual effects, we had to get him on our collab list. We approached him looking to coordinate something, and he presented us with an essay he had written on his philosophy surrounding minimalism (find it here: https://www.sedov.com/learning#/minimalism-in-design/). With this, we invited the RW community to design and render a smart thermostat based on these principles.
In this collaboration with Esben Oxholm, we tackle the elusive and challenging theme of Caustics in a render. Esben is known for his beautiful and detailed imagery and in-depth Keyshot tutorials, and he has created a caustics tutorial that can be found in the Learn tab of our site. Also, check out our exclusive interview with him under the Interviews section of our site.
Tecomate (@tecomatedesign) is a small-batch manufacturing project by Betuel Benitez, where 100 custom catch-all trays were designed and then cast from 3D-printed molds. We had been following his project since day one, and agreed that the community would love to play with some free CAD, and even were encouraged to cast their own with the CAD from the free download, with the ‘making’ part of the challenge hosted by @readysetproto.
Will Gibbons (@willgibbonsdesign) approached us with a concept and tutorial video (see Learn tab) focused on dramatic lighting through the use of one physical light. For us, this was a no brainer and we loved the proactive approach and energy that Will had. This collaboration helped new and experienced users alike hone their skills in scene setup and scene navigation, and produced some amazing imagery.
Sam Whitworth (@sam_whit_design) is an emerging footwear designer, with some serious chops. For our collaboration with him, we release a Nike Vapormax CAD model to the community that Sam built, and let people run wild. Softgoods can be tricky to master, so it was a fun challenge for everyone involved and forced us to think about or material selections and design choices in new ways.
Nick Baker’s (@nickpbaker) chair sketches are as fun as they are thoughtful. They really came to life when the community was challenged to choose a sketch from the #nickschairsketches hashtag and render it out.
James Connors (@idrawonreciepts) designed a series of small toys inspired by various transportations vehicles. We loved the collection and released the CAD for the community to download and play with. The visual stories and themes were as fun as the designs themselves.
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