3D Programs – Which one should students know?

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    Lana Merrill

    I’m curious to know what 3D programs I should be able to use professionally before graduation. A lot of firms use SketchUp and different plug-ins for that… But what plug-ins and what other programs would those in the LA world suggest? SketchUp, 3D Max, Maya, Rhino? Which one is best??


    It might help if I say that I’m interested in urban design – not so much residential design.


    For instance, what programs are used with this?



    When I was in college I didn’t even know Rhino, or Maya existed. Hand graphics were encouraged and many of my colleagues and professors seemed a bit anti-technology. When I graduated a lot of firms I interviewed for asked if I knew any of the programs you mentioned…


    My advice. learn and master all of them. After a few months with all the programs, you’ll know what program JCFO used.

    David Barbarash

    That looks like either 3d Max or Rhino to me…

    Lana Merrill

    What’s Corner?

    Tosh K

    Depends on the scale and caliber of work: 

    Rhino (VRay,Maxwell,Grasshopper), AutoCAD, Revit, Microstation.

    I’d assume FO uses a fair amount of Rhino – look at Penn student work; or better yet their job postings in the past.

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