Hi everyone and welcome to our latest 3D tutorial.
My name is Michelle Folkman and I work for a LSTA grant funded initiative at the Jackson
Library on UNC Greensboro’s campus. Our mission is to teach librarians and others
about making and maker tools This is our fourth tutorial on 3D making,
and if you would like to view the others you can see them at the web address on the screen.
If you are brand new to 3D, you may want to take a look at those tutorials to
help you get your feet on the ground. Up till now we’ve concentrated on building things
in 3D intended to be printed on a 3D printer. For this session we are stepping away from that a little
bit, though we are continuing to work in 3D. This session we take a look at a really interesting
3D Design tool – Autodesk Homestyler. This free, online software offers a set very sophisticated
tools for creating 3D architectural floor plans and models. Yet it is fairly easy to use,
definitely appropriate for middle schoolers on up.
Some ideas for projects could be – just off the top of my head– have kids design and furnish
their dream home, or have them design a house for their pet. Older students could work from
a pre-existing architectural design as part of a module in design thinking. My point is
everyone can relate to a building, so there are plenty of opportunities. Lets get started. What you are looking at
is the basic interface. You must create a free account to use Homestyler, and I am logged
in. Over here on the left is the tray that contains your assets. Here on the right is
the build space. I feel a little bit lazy today, so I am going to work from a
floor plan that I got from the newspaper. That’s an easy way to get started, to use something in the background You know you could even work from a hand drawn
sketch that was scanned into the computer. You start here with file → new
You can see it gives you a choice to start from scratch or upload an image. Im going
to upload the floor plan I was talking about. Now I love this. The application gives you
the tools to define the scale of the model by choosing points on the image and saying
how big it is. I know, because it says so that this bedroom is 14 feet wide. I put in
the first pin, the second and define how big it is. This matters in case you want to tie
your results into real world situations, and for when you want to add real world situations. I’ve found it is not 100 percent accurate, but it gets you
close enough for our purposes. We are going to work in the 2d view. Let me
point out a couple of controls – You can zoom in and out using the scroll bar at the top,
or a scrolling wheel on a mouse will work You move the image around by clicking and dragging.
There are also controls under VIEW to zoom in and out and zoom to fit.
I’m going to start building right here in the master bedroom. It is a square room so
I choose square room, and drag and drop it into place. Zoom in and click and drag on
in the build window to center Now by dragging the walls around, I conform it to the image.
Notice how the dimensions pop up as I click and drag the walls. As I said, not completely
accurate of maybe the original plan wasn’t accurate, I have seen that before. Now I’ll work on the bathroom. Bring in
a square room and size it Now Ill add interior walls by dragging them
in, and sizing them. Let me show you what that looks like in 3d
– by clicking here. To move around in 3D in Homestyler you use the controls up here
arrows and the center button will center your model.
Back to 2d and lets work on the Kitchen and Living room. I drag in a square room and size
it and another square room and size it. Ill bring in some small room and size it to
make up the closet. Add some interior walls. That’s good. Notice I need to change this wall – it doesn’t
go all the way across in the plan. I add a wall opening
and click and size it .
Lets look at it in 3D – perfect
To save time I went ahead and finished the plan
Now let’s add some doors and windows. I go here to doors – Ill start with an entry
door. I click on the one I want – a French door in this case. When I click on it, notice
some settings pop up. I change the width to 36”. Then drag and drop the door into place.
By clicking on this handle here, I can change the rotation. If I want to change the size
of the door, I click on the door, then on info/size here and change the width of the
door. Drag into place. Now I’ll add a window. I click here, then
on windows. Choose one, drag and drop. Notice this little yellow tab pops up– click and
drag on that to change the size. Lets take a look at that in 3D. Ok, back to 2D. Now that you’re familiar with the basics, I am going to add more doors and windows to the
model. Sit back and watch. Ok. Now let’s have some fun. How about adding carpet and other flooring? Let’s go to Flooring We can do even more decorating in 3D view. Here, go to paint and walls, pick Sherwin Williams,
then a filter. Pick and drag and drop onto the wall and it
changes. There are also wallpaper options, brick stone,
paneling, whew! A lot of choices! And then, finally, if we want we can add furniture. Let me show you how that goes. Well, we’ve run out of time, so I’m going to have to stop there I encourage you to take a look at Homestyler, just play around with the software. If you mess it up, just
start over. Since it’s digital it doesn’t cost anything, so why not? Today I showed you how to use Autodesk Homestyler
to create an architectural 3D model. If you are interested in finding other making resources,
I invite you to check out our libguide at the web address shown on the screen.
Thanks for watching, now it’s your turn. Go make something