What is 3D Rendering and Drawing?
3D rendering is a process that allows architects and designers to showcase a 3D model of their building from a 2D illustration. This technique uses computer programs to create an object in space, tweak design elements, and add elements that include shading, lighting, and texture. Architects are able to present their building designs in a compelling and flexible format that increases the likelihood of investments.
From a practical standpoint, 3D rendering allows the architect to see their building design in real-time in order to identify problem areas or necessary adjustments. Because architects and builders don’t have to constantly re-measure structural elements and building sites, it provides them with advanced control over their building project. Our service provides full color 3D renderings of projects from full-scale elevations, helping you sell your design while reducing building time and confusion between parties.
While clients can generally get the idea of a building’s layout from a rough floor plan, they often don’t see the big picture of design elements and how they work together. Before 3D rendering was used in architecture, architects had to rely solely on 2D images and hand-built models. While these designs still create attractive imagery, they make it hard for engineers to fine-tune trouble spots of a building plan.
In the past, it was not uncommon for investors to be unsatisfied with a finished project because the end result was different than what they imagined from looking at a 2D illustration. Nowadays, not only can architects display the exterior of the building, including how the structure fits in to the landscape, but they can also walk investors through the interior of each floor to get a clear picture of the concept.
Benefits of 3D Rendering and Drawing
The 3D rendering process speeds up project turnaround times with the added benefit of better communication between clients, investors, builders, and city officials. 3D rendering is highly accurate and creates a picture of the building that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Beautiful architectural illustrations are easier to sell to potential clients and investors, and the flexible nature of these designs speaks to city and county officials who are looking for zoning and building regulation compliance.
Designs may be changed in real-time, meaning that you can make adjustments to elements while in a meeting with investors or clients. If they don’t like a certain bay of windows, or they want to open up more space in a courtyard, you don’t have to go “back to the drawing board.” This allows for a collaborative environment with open lines of communication, inevitably leading to a higher chance for selling your design.
The ease of showing and changing 3D renderings means that architects have more creative freedom with their designs and more confidence in presentation. Because 3D renderings are accurate and comprehensive design tools, it significantly cuts down on building changes that are requested during and after construction. In addition, design flaws and restrictive building codes can be addressed and resolved beforehand, instead of while the project is underway. Of course, this greatly affects budget: it cuts down on extra labor, reducing costs while keeping everyone on the same page from the beginning. This means avoiding expensive mistakes during the project.