Blender in industry

Our last stop in Glaciers: Blender uses

What do we use 3D models for?

In the real world

3D models are often exported to third-party applications for use in games and films. However, using a process known as 3D rendering, some 3D modelling programs, such as Blender, enable the development of 2D images as well. 

Hyper realistic images

Using sophisticated lighting algorithms, this technique is fantastic for creating hyper-realistic scenes. Hyper realistic is a sculpture or art piece that allows the 2D image to appear super realistic or life-like. 

Evolution of Blender

In industry

Let’s look at all the different ways Blender has been used in industry to date by clicking on the arrows below: 

Blender started out as an in-house tool for NeoGeo, a Dutch commercial animation company. Blender has been used for television commercials in several parts of the world including Australia, Iceland, Brazil, Russia, and Sweden. Have a look at this advert made with Blender.

 

Blender is used by NASA for many publicly available 3D models. Many 3D models on NASA’s 3D resources page are in a native.blend format.

 

The first large professional project that used Blender was Spider-Man 2, where it was primarily used to create animatics and pre-visualizations for the storyboard department.

Special effects for episode 6 of Red Dwarf season X, screened in 2012, were created using Blender as confirmed by Ben Simonds of Gecko Animation. Blender was also used for both CGI and compositing for the movie Hardcore Henry.

Blender was used for previsualization in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and many of the visual effects in the feature film Sabogal were done in Blender. Director David F. Sandberg used Blender for multiple shots in Lights Out, and Annabelle: 

Blender was used for parts of the credit sequences in Wonder Woman and for doing the animation in the film Cinderella the Cat.

The experimental hip-hop group Death Grips has used Blender to produce music videos. A screenshot from the program is briefly visible in the music video for Inanimate Sensation. DJ Alesso’s video for “Remedy” was also created using Blender, check out the link below.   And check out this stunning music video done in Blender by Warsnare, called Eris:

Blender was used to create the character “Murloc” in the 2016 film Warcraft.

Ubisoft Animation Studio will use Blender to replace its internal content creation software starting in 2020. Rabbids Invasion an animated television  series broadcast on Netflix was developed by Ubisoft using Blender.

Tips

For working in Blender

While we live in a three-dimensional world, it is an entirely different thing to work in a computer-generated three-dimensional world. 

3D workspaces can be difficult for many students to grasp. PRACTICE IS KEY, this is fundamental for you to get better in Blender.

Let's watch this video

Watch this video to hear what others who were sitting where you are now have to say after working in Blender for many years.

This video will give you a few reasons why you should persevere with Blender!

Help the Explorers

Complete their quest at Glaciers

Help Sibo, Nelly and Leo move onto the next port. Pass the test to help them uncover the next round of clues they need to build the Treasure chest.

You’re almost finished. Final step is to answer the questions in the upcoming Quiz to move onto the next port. 

Click on the green Quiz icon below to complete the Glacier port journey.

 A User – is any person that interacts (by inputs) with a program without having to write the code directly. For example, you are the user to the code that makes your browser/website run. When you clicked on this pop-up, that was the input that made this explanation come up when the code detected it.

Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game created by Leonard Stern and Roger Price. It consists of one player prompting others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story before reading aloud.

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Let’s hear more about the trends in the software and programming industries, where jobs are moving to and what kind of skills you’ll need in this exciting world of opportunities out there. 

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Calling on all high schoolers interested in tech as a career to join us on 16 September at 5:30pm. If you missed it, we’ll host another one on 18 November. 

We covered the following:

  • general tech career tips
  • a few “hot button/in-demand” career pathways and jobs
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  • some of the job realities in these careers

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We will be sharing:

  • Some “hot button/in-demand” career pathways – including Automation
  • the skills needed to access these careers
  • some of the job realities in these careers

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Learners will be presenting their final projects. Come celebrate their successes and lessons learnt with us at our TechWays #WOW Awards.

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Variables

More about variables

Info about variables

Integrated Development Environment – A digital environment used to develop games, software, hardware, that offers integration from debugging to compiling. 

print ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) that executes data inside the brackets. The results get printed out on the console/results section.

input ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) allows a user to insert info into a program/the code. 

type ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) that determines the Data Type of any data presented. 

str ( ) is a built-in function that converts and sequence of characters (numbers especially) in to text. 

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\ – escape character is a string character that tell Python that the next character after it should be taken as a string and not as an instruction.

In programming Concatenation is a process of appending one string to another. 

String Special Characters

There a number of special string characters that have different functions when used inside ” “. Here’re some useful and common ones:

  • \n – Newline – Everything after it goes to next line.
  • \t – Horizontal tab – creates a tab space, similar to when you use ‘tab’ on keyboard.
  • \b – backspace – deletes the character before the it.
  • \r – carriage return – same as \n

String Built-in Functions/Methods

There are a lot of strings functions/methods in Python. Find full list in course manual. Here’s are some that you find useful in this course:

Functions

  • len(varName) – Returns the length of a list, string
  • join(varName) – Converts the elements of an iterable into a string.

Methods 

  • varName.capitalize() – Converts the first character to upper case.
  • varName.center(length) – Returns a centered string
  • varName.count(“?”) – Returns the number of times a specified value (?) occurs in a string (varName).
  • varName.endswith(“?”) – Returns true if the string ends with the specified value.
  • varName.find(“?”) – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found.
  • varName.format(placeholder = value) – Formats specified values in a string.
  • varName.index(“?”) – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found.
  • varName.isalnum() – Returns True if all characters in the string are alphanumeric.
  • varName.isalpha() – Returns True if all characters in the string are in the alphabet.
  • varName.isascii() – Returns True if all characters in the string are ascii characters.
  • varName.isdecimal() – Returns True if all characters in the string are decimals.
  • varName.isdigit() – Returns True if all characters in the string are digits.
  • varName.isidentifier() – Returns True if the string is an identifier.
  • varName.islower() – Returns True if all characters in the string are lower case.
  • varName.isupper() – Returns True if all characters in the string are upper case.
  • varName.isnumeric() – Returns True if all characters in the string are numeric.
  • varName.isprintable() – Returns True if all characters in the string are printable.
  • varName.isspace() – Returns True if all characters in the string are whitespaces.
  • varName.istitle() – Returns True if the string follows the rules of a title.
  • varName.ljust(value) – Returns a left justified version of the string.
  • varName.rjust() Returns a right justified version of the string.
  • varName.lower() – Converts a string into lower case.
  • varName.upper() – Converts a string into upper case.
  • varName.strip() – Returns a trimmed version of the string.
  • varName.lstrip() – Returns a left trim version of the string.
  • varName.rstrip() Returns a right trim version of the string.
  • varName.partition() – Returns a tuple where the string is parted into three parts.
  • varName.replace(“old”, “new”) – Returns a string where a specified value is replaced with a specified value.
  • varName.rfind() – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found.
  • varName.rindex() – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found.
  • varName.rpartition() – Returns a tuple where the string is parted into three parts.
  • varName.rsplit() – Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list.
  • varName.split() – Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list.
  • varName.splitlines() – Splits the string at line breaks and returns a list.
  • varName.startswith() – Returns true if the string starts with the specified value.
  • varName.swapcase() – Swaps cases, lower case becomes upper case and vice versa.

Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again.

Prompt – to  cause or bring about; to make something happen. For example making someone to say or write something.

Heterogeneous – diverse in character or content; containing different things

Homogeneous – of the same kind; alike throughout.

Text editor – is the part of the IDE where you write the code. Most text editors highlight words with different properties like functions to help you distinguish them from one another. 

Indentation – In the written form of many languages, an indentation or indent is an empty space at the beginning of a line to signal the start of a new paragraph.

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