I have a student who is learning how to use Blender.
Blender is awesome, open source and complicated. To get to know it takes time… so I challenged this Y10 student to learn about it and report back (hopefully so he could teach me :/). He has being doing so most weeks for over a year. He also writes about it on his blog – http://hungrycomputer.tumblr.com
For his 3D Design GCSE he had to create the initial ideas of a building – two of these had to be in Google Sketch Up. He saw an opportunity to apply his Blender skills to get the most out of his design – an epic result as he calls it.
- He exported the SketchUp file as a KMZ file.
- Changed the filename to a zip file.
- Unarchived it.
- In the old version of Blender v2.49, import as a collada 1.4 file.
- Once imported, save in the old Blender as a blend file type.
- Open in new Blender v2.62.
- Following a tutorial located on Blender Guru.com, put the model into cycles and left it to render for 30 minutes.
The results are truly amazing. The Blender images take 30 minutes to render because the software is creating the quality image from the SketchUp model – if you click into the images you can see how plausible the image is.