Category: Cinema4D

Ion Chef

I took a little time this weekend to clean up a model I’ve had floating around for a couple years. Cinema4D’s ability to import SolidWorks files along with Corona Render made it easy to create this version of the instrument. Read More

Mission Bio Tapestri

Another fine rendering with Cinema4d and V-Ray. The newest instrument from Mission Bio. Actually, there’s a bit more to the workflow. The original customer-provided SolidWorks file was opened in KeyShot, exported as an .obj file and imported into Cinema4D where V-Ray lighting and materials were applied for output in V-Ray. The resulting layered image was Read More

OK, That was fun!

No matter how small the job, I always learn a ton of stuff when I work in 3D! (I guess this is why I love it so much.) This time I learned that it’s possible to get really excellent results with a high-res displacement map in Cinema4D. In fact, a displacement map seems to be Read More

Thedude Gets Wired, Squared

One of my renders made the Wired Magazine web site in an article titled “Fast, Precise Cancer Care is Coming to a Hospital Near You“. Nice! (Also, our amazing technology totally rocks!) That’s not the only cool place my work appeared recently. Here’s another: Read More

ION Inspector

Combining a bit of photography with 3D modeling and a PhotoShop pinch filter for this quick one. It kind of messes with my vision. That’s a good thing. Read More

Civil War Amputation Saw

My wife thinks I’m losing it, but I decided to create this Civil War era saw after seeing it on this web site. It’s sort of in line with the antique syringe, and easy to model. I know I’m missing some detail where the blade connects to its brass holder, but the decidedly low-res image Read More

Antique Syringe

More practice using another excellent tutorial from Nikolaus Schatz. This is easily the cleanest 3D model I ever made. It stands up to very close inspection. Read More

Nixie Tubes

I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube for this one. I have always loved the look of these things. I’ve been tempted on more than one occasion to purchase a Nixie tube clock, but really nice ones can be a bit extravagant. Despite the high cost, they are still very much in demand. If you Read More

Our Fastest Sequencer Ever!

A fun project for this special day. From the e-mail sent to the whole company: Finished with subtle touches from the impenetrable genius of industrial design guru Jim Pire, the new system’s speed will leave the competition in the dust. Have I ever told you how much I love my job? Read More

Happy New Year!

A little more fun with V-Ray and PhotoShop. Let’s toast to a wonderful 2017! Read More

Merry Christmas

In case you’re wondering, I created thedude & Kelly action figures in Cinema4D and composited them into a photograph of our fake tree with PhotoShop. I just have to follow up with this favorite Photobooth shot of sister-in-law Jill showing her best holiday spirit. Read More

This is My Brain on kubrick

My mind is still reeling from this weekend’s viewing of the Kubrick classic accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony. The orchestra was flanked by two choirs. Their performance of Lux Aeterna was positively spine-tingling. I believe I shed a tear or two. In case you forgot, filming for this ground-breaking film was begun in 1965, Read More

A new typeface!

Now, THIS is exciting! Monotype has created a brilliant update to the gorgeous Johnston typeface on the occasion of its 100th birthday. This is very serious business. Watch the video to get a sense for just how exciting this is!   Just to tease me, it appears that they released the bold version only. Of Read More

S5 mosaic Installation

So I created this mosaic of pretty much every picture I ever took at work using a program called Mazaika. The image was constructed from more than 4,500 pictures of all the people and products that came together to enable us to create the amazing Ion Torrent S5. The image turned out to be quite Read More

Some Vials and a Box

I often do not know exactly what I’m rendering. I just try to make things look good. Unfortunately, our products will never look like this on our web site. Our “real” real product shots are required to have a pure white background and a reflective white foreground à la outdated Apple ads, but this is Read More

Pillows

Sewn from one of my favorite typefaces – Chuck. Motivation for Dude pillows came from this excellent tutorial. I had planned to make inflatable vinyl letters, but the slightest tweak in lighting and materials produced this by accident, and it works for me. Read More

Sketch & Toon PGM

The marketing team has decided that at least one of our product manuals should contain line art instead of photographs. I like this idea a lot, especially now that I’ve been able to spend a little time with Cinema4D’s Sketch & Toon renderer. Like everything else about Cinema4D, this tool is amazing. There are more Read More

3d Loft Project

I’m on the Architectural Committee here in the lofts. We’re hoping to do a little sprucing up next year, so we need a 3D model of the building. I mean, obviously, right? Since Cinema4D 17 includes a new SketchUp importer, I thought it’d be cool to do the modeling in SketchUp. This way, everyone would Read More

Ion Torrent One Touch DX

Some of you will remember my photo of this instrument. The photographic image is used on our website and in printed materials, and it looks pretty good. Well, starting today, I’m hoping that we’ll be replacing all of our photos with renders created with my latest addiction – V-Ray. This renderer blows away anything else Read More

Thermo CostCalc App Icon

I’ll admit it certainly looks a wee bit garish and not entirely plausible at the enormous size above, but it needs to be bold to stand out on an iPad home screen, where it will be smaller than this: I’m not even sure what this App is, but I know it had to have a Read More

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