I was playing with Bonzai3D lately, and must say that the workflow and the built-in basic functionality of the app blows me away more and more. Before I used SketchUp I used Alias|Wavefront Maya (now owned by Autocad’s Autodesk) but Maya is designed for animation and film work and was seriously lacking when it comes to product design. Working with Bonzai feels like home with all the benefits of design elements plus so much more.
The only thing I’m missing in Bonzai3d are the plugins which it does not support. although most of the plugins for SU are not needed as all the functionality is already built into the app. But plugins like the Dovetails and M&T plugins would sure make things easier. Tthe higher end app from the same maker FormZ does have plugin support (I used FormZ in my past so I was curious to see what they did with Bonzai3d – and am glad I did).
The downside? $500 compared to $0 for SU (free version), so I doubt we’ll see many occasional woodworkers make the switch. This is probably aimed at the industrial designers market, and people that want the FormZ power while staying on a lower budget at the cost of the extra features that FormZ offers (at $1500).
For what it’s worth – modeling is far more intuitive and faster in Bonzai3D than SU, there is far less overhead work (no cleaning extra left over lines and stuff like that, and everything makes more sense) and I did get to do some rendering comparisons:
STRAIGHT OUT OF SKETCHUP:
BONZAI3D ’’SKETCH’’ RENDER:
BONZAI3D HIGHREZ RENDER:
This is without playing around with the rendering options. the rendering could be made photorealistic, but this does give a quick idea to the power at hand.
I’m liking this.
If anyone is interested to try it out, or check out the tutorials that show what this app can do. you can check it out here:
beware – this one is addictive.
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