Ever wondered how designers conceptualise the design of a finished product? Or how a prototype is built? Why do interior designers need 3-D modelling?
The answers to all these questions and more will be discussed in this article. Stick around to learn more about 3-D modelling and its significance for interior designers.
In today's highly competitive markets, simple 2D images or sketches don’t suffice in showcasing products or conveying an idea. While it may be of limited utility in some cases for interior designers and professionals, it surely isn’t the best option.
With vision-based 3D modelling, we can have extensive knowledge of indoor spaces ranging from walls, floors to objects and their configurations.
Moreover, we get a realistic presentation of an item which helps us configure the location of objects based on that understanding.
This, in turn, helps us sketch our floor plan even before we start designing our interiors.
What is 3-D Modelling?
3-D modelling, a subset of Computer-Aided Software (CAD) is a process of digitally creating a mathematical representation of an object or surface in three dimensions.
There are many use cases of 3D modelling such as interior designing, film, animation, gaming, architecture, etc. Moreover, it’s used in the medical field for interactive representations of anatomy like a detailed model of organs and media and event industries for stage/set design.
Any industry that requires 3D models or prototypes of the actual product first needs to get the 3D model approved by the client and then start working on them.
Architects and interior designers use 3-D rendering for interior designing to showcase their design ideas by producing 3D images. For instance, if you want to modify your interiors, you need to get an idea of how much space you’ll have left for furniture or where the LED lights will be installed.
Moreover, it’s difficult for interior designers to convey their ideas and perception without a 3D model.
With 3-D modelling, you can prepare a whole floor plan and get an opportunity to set things your way.
Why is 3-D Modelling important?
Earlier, when interior designers used 2D illustrations, they faced a lot of difficulty in explaining their vision or communicating their ideas as they envisioned it. However, with 3-D modelling, we can now have a holistic look at the interiors of a house.
This also includes all the design elements ranging from artefacts to furnishing, all in one place in the form of a 3D house model. Thus, clients now feel involved in the project, and they get to experience the feeling of what they would get in real life with a certain interior design.
3D interior design brings with it a plethora of advantages like taking the whole designing process online and making the process of imparting a feel of the place to the client easier for quick approvals.
Why do Interior Designers need 3-D modelling?
1. 3D modelling has revolutionized the way we design
3D modelling has enabled interior designers and end-users to visualize space requirements better.
Designers get to see physically how much space an object would take. In 2D, figuring out the space requirements takes longer as the designers have to create a separate plan and elevation view to view all perspectives.
Additionally, in 2D interior design, designers build multiple models for different views, which increases the scope of mistakes.
However, with 3D modelling, designers design in one model. Here, end-users get to visualise how much clearance and access they’ll get around a design before it’s built.
2. 3D models communicate design ideas effectively
3D models have proven to be an effective tool for interior designers to communicate design ideas to clients.
Clients can alter or transform designs based on their convenience and space requirement, that too without the intervention of interior designers.
This not only provides a closer-to-real experience to clients of what the design would feel like, but also helps interior designers convey their perspectives and ideas effectively to clients.
3. Design amendments made easy
The most important upgrade in an interior designer’s tool is the 3D BIM.
Interior designers can use 3D BIM to virtually place an object in a particular area and experiment with the designs even before buying the product.
3D models enable interior designers to create and build multiple design options quickly and easily.
Apart from helping the designers, 3D models have made amendments easier than before by enabling clients to create customised designs to suit their needs. The involvement of clients comes as an advantage as the final finished product is according to the client’s preferences.
A 3D model allows you to collaborate with clients to change, replace or shift elements in a virtual 3D environment to get a real-life experience.
4. 3D visualisation increases client approval rates
With three-dimensional visualization, clients’ approval rates increase as they get to experience the whole design virtually.
The time has gone when clients approved designs by observing the 2D drawings and handmade sketches made by interior designers. This led to the non-approval of many designs as clients couldn’t visualize what the designer had envisaged.
Clients get to understand the design and feel involved in the project as they now have the control to alter their designs. Moreover, both the clients and the interior designer benefit from using 3-D modelling as the process of project approval becomes very smooth.
5. Better for marketing
3D models showcase all aspects of a design with vivid images that detail various projection angles.
This, in turn, attracts customers and clients as they get to understand the project and they feel involved.
Additionally, the customer gets to experience the whole design with the same details that will feature in the project. Companies like Tooliqa and Versett use 3D visualization to facilitate enhanced service levels so the clients get a clear idea of what their vision is.
3D modelling allows room for more creativity, with fewer errors and smooth functioning of the design process. It helps bring innovations into reality as the design process becomes much simpler and smoother.