How to host an online 3D virtual exhibition with Modelo?

Modelo released a lot of new features these days. Today, we use the online 3D exhibition as an example to show how to use Modelo’s new feature – Combine Model in your real life.

Step 1: Invite your teammates and upload your models
First, you need to invite team members to the same Modelo project and upload all models in the design exhibition. Then you can use Modelo’s “Combine Model” function to combine all the materials into one model.

Step 2: Adjust models’ location
You can click the model on the left side and use the axis to adjust each model’s location. After finishing this step, the online design exhibition is almost done.

Step 3: Showcase the exhibition
If you want to show this online design exhibition, walking inside must be a good choice. Using the Modelo’s walk mode, you can lead users into the exhibition and record the process via the walkthrough function.

Tips: If one of your individual models needs to be updated, just click the reload option on the model card. The model in the exhibition will be updated immediately and you don’t need to adjust its location again.

Step 4: Share your exhibition and collaborate online.
Now, the online design exhibition is ready. You can share it with others and communicate in this model. People can leave a comment and vote for your favorite.

Isn’t that amazing? Upload your models and try it now!

Modelo 3D Comment Makes Design Collaboration more Efficient

Recently, Modelo release the real-time comment function and attracted widespread attention. A large number of users reported that this update is very useful and greatly improved their design collaboration efficiency. However, given that some users are not familiar with the operation, we will introduce how to use the comment function to achieve design collaboration in this blog.

You can click anywhere on the model and add a comment. The view will also be saved. You can also @ team members in the project to inform the one you want. 

After finishing the comments, you can share models with other users for collaboration work. You can directly send share links or send emails via Modelo.

When other users open your share link, they will see your comments on the right and automatically switch to the corresponding perspective. Then, all users can reply to your comments and you will see the reply immediately. Besides, other users can also add comments on your shared model and you will see the notification on your model page.

Users can also add sketches to elaborate the comments. It will help users communicate better in the collaboration work.

If there are comments from other users, you will receive notifications in real-time and all the comments will be listed on the right.

How to Combine Models in Modelo

Combining models is always a complex and time-consuming task, especially for different types of models. However, Modelo’s model combination solution – BUILD makes this job much easier. Now it takes only 3 steps to combine different types of models.

What is BUILD?

Modelo BUILD is an Application Program Interface (API) with a friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI).  It provides a platform that helps users to develop Modelo’s customized requirements. In Build, we have released plenty of fascinating special features, and the model combination is one of them. 

Step 1: Upload the models to BUILD

Upload the models that should be combined to BUILD. BUILD supports all mainstream 3D model types, including rvt, 3dm, skp, fbx, and so on.

Step 2:  Calibrate Combination

Click “Combine models”, select the models you want to combine in the pop-up box and name the combined file. Then click ‘Calibration’.  On the calibration page, you can move and rotate the models to the proper places. After adjusting the position, click “Combine models” to complete combination work.

Step 3: Upload the Combined Model to Modelo

With the upload token generated from Modelo DAM, you can upload the combined model to Modelo and browse the model with the best visualization effect. Don’t forget to share these combined models with others!

Right now, this fascinating feature is only available to Modelo Business users. To learn more, visit our website or contact us directly.

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Make Design Decisions Faster by Using VR

Virtual reality visualizations allow AEC professionals to make informed design decisions on complex 3D designs quicker, allowing you and your firm to close more deals.

When you create VR tours of your 3D models, you essentially bring your design to life. No longer are you staring at a 2D drawing or even a 3D model on a computer screen. But you and your client are virtually walking through the front door, deciding which new kitchen counters to install, examining the specs of the bathroom, and truly immersing yourself in a realistic representation of the brand new charming house your client has dreamt of all her life. Plus, add a 360º image as the background of your 3D model and surround the house with the mountain flowers of Aspen, Colorado to give the full effect. After all, seeing is believing.

It’s not a mystery that designs go through many phases, and with those phases come lots of decisions. VR allows you and your client to come to design decisions quicker and it prevents misunderstandings or costly rework down the road. By using VR as a collaboration tool throughout the design review process, everyone can be on the same page, looking at the same model in VR. Modelo encourages thoughtful and beautiful design, but above all we encourage collaborative design.

When firms use Modelo’s VR tool, they upgrade their design capabilities and decision making to the next level. Learn how Modelo works perfectly with Google Cardboard, a less expensive but equally effective VR headset that’s easy to set-up. Further, pairing Modelo + Google Cardboard is especially easy for clients to use because there are no downloads required and it’s extremely intuitive for non-designers. When clients are immersed in the project along the way, they are more involved in the decision making, meaning that it’s easier to come to necessary conclusions. A client-centered approach means closing more deals and making your organization more money.

Use Modelo to view complex 3D designs in VR.

Besides client communication, VR is especially beneficial for internal collaboration. VR helps architects and designers understand their own designs better, thus allowing them to make design decisions quicker, be more productive and win more deals.

View complex 3D designs and make informed design decisions easier by using VR and Modelo throughout the design process. Sign up today for a free forever account.

Best Way to Communicate Design Options with Clients | Modelo

Here at Modelo, we focus on making life easier not only for designers but also for clients. Communication is a key aspect of the design process and using Modelo is the best way to communicate designs with clients.

Modelo equips clients with the right tools to track progress, give important feedback and make sure everything is aligned with their overall expectation. Plus, a client will never need to create an account, log in or download anything. Your client can have access to their project at all stages of the design process by simply clicking on a URL link. Below you will learn the best ways to communicate design options with clients.

Sharing 3D models with a unique URL is one of the easiest and best ways to communicate with your clients. You can share different design options, renderings, walkthroughs and much more by simply clicking on a URL from any device. This means the client doesn’t need a face-to-face presentation or need to be on a screen share to be updated on how things are going. As we know clients, just like designers, are very busy. Therefore, having the ability to collaborate with a URL allows clients to stay updated and communicate from any device, anywhere that works for them.

Most times when it comes to communicating with clients, it is done with 2D images. Clients receive an email with a long paragraph of explanations on what they are looking at and with photos attached. With Modelo, the best way to communicate images to clients is by taking a high definition screen capture in the platform. This then creates a comment card and from there you can make the comment card “client ready.” Then click the share button and send it directly to your client. The client will be able to view the photo by clicking on the URL in the email and will even be able to communicate feedback right on the comment card in real-time.

As you move into different stages of the design, it becomes more and more important to share different design assets with clients, such as floor plans, renderings or 360º images. The best way to communicate those design assets is to upload them into your assets folder and once again share them with a unique URL. From there the client can view, download and share those assets from any device. This saves a ton of time for the designers and the clients.

One of the biggest requests from clients in the design process is the ability to walk through a space to see how things are coming along and to quickly jump into VR to truly understand the space as it is being designed. The best way to communicate those walkthroughs and VR tours is by using Modelo. These can be easily created and viewed by clients. No fancy hardware needed and no need to be on a certain device to view anything. In seconds you can create a 3D walkthrough and share it directly with your clients or even create different comment cards in Modelo that will double as the scene in your VR experience.

Overall, it’s important to collaborate and communicate with clients during the design process. Sign up today for free and get started!

5 ways Modelo Can Help You To Improve Client Communication

Modelo is a multifunctional platform used to collaborate on 3D models and 2D assets with your clients by inviting them into your project, or by sharing any part of your model with a simple and unique URL. No downloads required! Below, we’ll outline the 5 ways that Modelo can improve client communication.

  1. Invite clients into your project
    By sharing a quick and unique URL link, you can automatically invite clients to load any part your 3D model on their mobile device, tablet or laptop. Modelo eliminates any downloading or logging in from the client-side. It only includes a simple click of a link and clients are immediately immersed in your 3D design, free to view whichever scenes or attachments you specify.
  2. Quick Screen Captures 
    Eliminate the long loading times and system lag that’s commonly experienced in CAD software with our screen capture tool. Capture a view from anywhere in your model in seconds. Like anything else in Modelo it can be saved, downloaded and shared with clients.
  3. Client Engagement
    Your client has the ability to comment on your specific scenes to voice which areas they like or which areas may need adjustments. Hearing this feedback directly and early on in the design process eliminates rework later on. Clients can now visualize the 3D design in an easy way on any mobile device.
  4. Share Design Assets
    A client no longer needs to download anything or login to view assets including, drawings, floor plans, site layouts, model photos, quick renderings or essentially any document you need to communicate to the client. Modelo uploads all of your assets into one single folder associated with a project and also generates a unique URL for each to be shared to the client or attached to a view, perfect for presentations.
  5. Walkthrough Feature
    Modelo is the fastest and easiest way to create a walkthrough animation in the industry. Simply by dropping a few waypoints on your floor plan, setting the camera angle and hitting play you can create a smooth walkthrough that recognizes the average height of a human from the ground. You can even climb stairs! This walkthrough can be shared with a unique URL to your client again, in order to gain immediate feedback in a quick and easy way for the client to understand the space in the earlier design stages.

Start improving your client communication today for FREE with Modelo. Plus, learn how Modelo can make your organization more money.

Collaborate on 3D Files and Store Files in One Secure Location with Modelo

In Part I of the cloud collaboration mini-series, we discussed how to review and markup BIM and CAD files collaboratively, and in Part II we discussed how to keep all design review feedback organized. Now, in Part III we will finish off the series by discussing how professionals can collaborate on 3D files and store files in one secure location with Modelo.

File storage is a crucial component of any professional’s daily workflow. It’s no wonder that architects, designers, real estate agents and builders all use different types of documents, renderings, photographs and model files to communicate their vision. This means that different collaborators will use different platforms to collaborate on 3D files and store files, making room for misunderstandings throughout several stages of the design process.

File storage should be secure, convenient and accessible on all devices. Most importantly, if you’re looking for something it should be easy to find it, right? Instead of searching for files, have the confidence to know exactly where they are with Modelo.

What if there was an easier way to not only collaborate on 3D files online, but also to store 2D files along side 3D designs, such as panorama images, floor plans or renderings in one location? Enter Modelo’s Assets Folder. The Assets Folder is your new design sidekick because it’s extremely intuitive and convenient. Modelo is compatible with all file types, including .OBJ, .GIF, .PDF, or .PNG to name a few. You can even sketch on 2D assets right from your browser.

Collaboration in the cloud makes it easy for project stakeholders to access all valuable information in an all-encompassing platform that replaces the need for Dropbox or WeTransfer. Modelo gives you the confidence to store important documents, 3D models and all other project assets in one reliable location. Put simply, stay organized and be productive. Try it out for yourself and sign up for a FREE account today!

Instantly Transfer 3D Files With Ease Using Modelo

Still using WeTransfer or Hightail? Try Modelo’s model sharing tool with quick preview.

Did you ever have to share a model for someone else to open it? Uploading and downloading may seem easy enough with WeTransfer, Hightail, Dropbox or Google drive, but do you ever wonder what your file looked like while waiting for it to be downloaded?

Sharing is even quicker and more intuitive to use in Modelo. When you have the model in Modelo, all you need to do is to click the share button and enter your recipient’s email.

Your recipient will instantly get an email to download. In the email, there is a button to download and a button to view. You can preview the model in 3D while waiting for it be downloaded.

The “View Model” button will lead you into a webpage where you can spin around in the model without opening any modeling applications, and without the need to install anything. A thumbnail image will also be included in the email for quick impression. No more waiting around and you can also view in your phone as well!

After you downloaded the model and made necessary edits in the file, you can uploaded the new model back into the folder by clicking “Upload Model” in the original emails. Now all the revisions and versions of the same model are securely organized in one place. You and your collaborators can access the same files at any time and on any device.

How to Keep All Design Review Feedback Organized | Modelo

In part one of “what does collaboration in the cloud mean,” we discussed how to review BIM files collaboratively. In part two, we’ll dive into how to keep all of your design review feedback organized by utilizing comment cards and even assigning tasks to colleagues in real-time.

Design review feedback is one of the most valuable pieces of a project’s direction and goals. Getting clear design review feedback is good, but being able to then store all of that design review feedback in one organized location is even better. Introducing Modelo’s comment cards.

With 3D comment cards, users are able to comment on any area of their 3D model (once uploaded to Modelo), and then add their feedback directly on the comment card. What’s more, project collaborators can then @mention each other in real-time to make sure their message is being delivered to the correct person.

No longer will feedback be a drawn out, confusing process, but rather a straightforward and positive experience with Modelo. Project collaborators can even take screenshots and create sketches to then save and share with other stakeholders to ensure the correct message is being passed along to the appropriate contact.

Make cloud collaboration a priority and effortlessly keep design review feedback organized. Watch more in the video below and impress your colleagues by signing up to Modelo and collaborating on 3D files in-the-cloud today.