On the 18th of May, IM Innovations and Temasek Polytechnic held a collaborative seminar titled "Power to Innovate with 3D". The event was held at Makerspace@TP, Temasek Polytechnic Library for the staff and students of the polytechnic.
Today, 3D is commonly associated with the entertainment industry, namely film and video games. This leaves the full potential of 3D untapped and undiscovered by many. “Power to Innovate with 3D” was an effort made to reach out to students of all professions and share how 3D can empower them in their respective areas of work. Be it 3D visualisation for engineers, product designers and architects, motion graphics for individuals into broadcast, or graphics designers and illustrators who want to add a third dimension to their art, 3D holds the potential to enhance the way they work.
Because of the complexity of 3D software, many may not be willing to invest time to learn such software alongside their primary areas of work. MAXON’s Cinema 4D is the ideal 3D software for individuals who wish to supplement their work using 3D because of its simplicity to use and to learn. During the seminar, the presenter introduced the software to an audience of over seventy strong, demonstrating its straight forward interface, tools, and the capability to produce results with a proportionately short amount of time. Cinema 4D's extensive tool set was also demonstrated contextually in a broad range of industries and its versatility to accommodate to the needs different sectors.
Another prevalent use of 3D today is 3D printing. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is especially useful for product engineers who want to create quick and inexpensive prototypes of their work, and also for anyone with an interest to create their own highly customised objects from the digital space. The process of additive manufacturing was explained to the audience, describing how the printer works and the software workflow that brings a 3D model file to the printer. For those who were more familiar with 3D software, the presenter also shared tips and tricks for producing the best print results. 3D printed models done by Temasek Polytechnic students were put on display at the event.
To encourage Makerspace’s activity-based learning, IM Innovations and Temasek Polytechnic will be organising a workshop as a follow-up to this seminar, inviting attendees to dive into the world of 3D with hands-on learning sessions. Students who register for the workshop will also be offered a free Cinema 4D Student License that they can utilise for the rest of their studies.