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Creating 3D Tree Objects

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I'm running Home Designer Pro 2019, and my home is in a pretty wooded area. I'm trying to plan out the effects of how these trees will cast shadows on the home (affecting the interior light during the day).

 

All the trees that are in HD Pro are 2D, and don't cast shadows.

 

Has anyone tried building tree objects in other 3D modeling tools (like Blender)? If so, had any success?

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There are 3D Trees for Chief Premier but I am sorry to say they are also incompatible with Home Designer Pro. You might do a search at 3D Warehouse and see if any fully 3D tree symbols are available for you to download and try in HD Pro.

 

DJP

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Thank you David for the pointer!

 

I did try some 3D trees from there, but what I've found is that they are so complicated that they really slow down the rendering (I have a gaming laptop that's pretty powerful so I just think that those models are designed for a different purpose).

 

What I have been able to do is use a plug in with Blender that creates leaf-less trees, export them as Collada, import them in to HD Pro, and that seems to be working for what I need (which is to forecast where the shadows will fall from the tree). 

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You could try making them from cones & cylinders. It worked in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!", lol

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