Latest News on form·Z and bonzai3d

Live Webinar : Introducing form•Z 8 Pro, now with subdivision surfaces and more!

September 9, 2014

Join us for this webinar featuring the exciting new features of form•Z 8 Pro. The new subdivision modeling tools in form•Z 8 Pro add a whole new dimension in free form organic modeling. These new form creation capabilities expand upon form•Z’s already powerful modeling capabilities with interactive on-screen controls and tools that offer a whole new way to create smooth forms quickly. We will demonstrate how these subdivision models work well with 3D printers and how easily form•Z can convert them to accurate NURBS surfaces.

We will also demonstrate how the new real-time ambient occlusion, soft shadows, bump mapping and multi-sampling features aid in visualization as part of the design process.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT)


form•Z 8 Pro has been released!

September 8, 2014

This exciting update to the world’s most flexible modeling application makes form•Z 8 Pro a must have for all 3D designers. form•Z 8 introduces subdivision modeling as a new personality to diverse modeling capabilities.form•Z 8also features new interactive rendering with real-time ambient occlusion, bump mapping, soft shadows and multi sampling. There are hundreds of other improvements throughout the software.

Click HERE for more details on these exciting new features.


formZ/bonzai3d + Maxwell Bundle Special

July 9, 2014

To purchase the bundle, go to:

Maxwell for formZ/bonzai3d allows these powerful products to work seamlessly together to preview your models with Maxwell Fire and then get stunning final results with Maxwell Render. Save 30% on this bundle through July 31st.
All bundles purchased during this promo will receive a FREE upgrade to a formZ 8 level product upon release.


form•Z 8 featured in Architosh

June 24, 2014

AutoDesSys, Inc., talks to Architosh about what’s coming up this summer in the new formZ 8—covering in detail such new features as its Subdivision Surface Modeling tools, new OpenGL Interactive Rendering improvements and much more…


AIA Convention and Expo

June 24, 2014

We are excited to be exhibiting in the AIA Convention and Expo again this year. The Expo is June 26th - 28th at McCormick Place in Chicago. Please stop by our booth (#1163, near the CE theaters) and allow us to show you why form•Z is a powerful design application that can help you to explore, design, and deliver your design solutions.

We will be conducting live demonstrations on the full range of form•Z design modeling features including the new capabilities of the soon to be released form•Z 8. This new version introduces subdivision modeling as yet another modeling personality that enables the quick design and exploration of organic forms that originate from basic shapes. Subdivision models work especially well with 3D printing. We will be performing live 3D printing of form•Z models in the booth and we will have a number of 3D printed models on display.

Come visit us at AIA exhibitor booth #1163 to see the new features architects are raving about!


Updated plugins for FormZ and Bonzai3d - out now!

June 4, 2014

We recommend Maxwell V3 users update to these new versions to benefit from the latest additions and fixes. Full release notes are as follows:


RenderZone May Special

May 6, 2014

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The RenderZone plugin allows you to create photorealistic renderings of the 3D models you have created in form•Z or bonzai3d. Features like ray tracing, global illumination, final gather, ambient occlusion, and radiosity combine with powerful texture control and material editing to make stunning renderings and effective presentations.

We are offering a special savings of $150.00 off the RenderZone plug-in for form•Zor bonzai3d. We are also offering a $150.00 discount when you purchase a new form•Z RenderZone bundle or bonzai3d RenderZone bundle. This special applies to purchases from May 5th through May 23rd 2014. For more information, click HERE.


form•Z 8.0 beta is now available to all formZ v7 users!

April 16, 2014

We are very excited to introduce subdivision surface modeling and a suite of subdivision modeling tools to form•Z 8.0,

These new tools make modeling smooth and organic shapes easier and more fun than ever!

form•Z 8.0 includes major improvements to the OpenGL based interactive display modes (Wireframe, Shaded Work and Shaded Full). Shaded Full display mode has many new features including soft shadows, multi sampling, bump mapping, and even real-time ambient occlusion! These improvements do require more advanced openGL features, hence form•Z 8.0 can only run on hardware that supports OpenGL 3.2 or later.

Interface improvements include a modernized materials palette including Material Groups. The Components Manager now has a list mode to show components by name. The graphics of a number of palettes have been improved including more compact group hierarchies in the Objects and Lights palette.

form•Z 8.0 includes a new feature to publish your models on the web using Sketchfab. (

form•Z 8.0 uses ACIS r24 and supports the r24 SAT format.


Use your formZ v7 Registration code to register and run this Beta.

You can sign up for the form•Z 8.0 beta HERE

Please give it a try and let us know what you think!:-)


form•Z for architectural modeling, rendering and drawings Webinar

March 25, 2014

Novedge is hosting this webinar featuring form•Z for architectural modeling, rendering and drawings. There are specific tools included in form•Z 7 that make it a very smart tool for conceptual architectural modeling. Parametric tools that are specific to architecture include walls, stairs and more. Other helpful things like working with a combination of solids and surfaces, Booleans and NURBS, 2D drawing layout abilities and several 3D rendering types make it a production powerhouse.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT (18:00-19:00 GMT)


Novedge Webinar Series


Webinar: How to convert 2D drawings into a 3D model in form•Z and bonzai3d

February 25, 2014

Join us for this free webinar showing how easy it is to build 3D models from 2D drawings using either form•Z or bonzai3d.

You will learn:
- Tips on how to import 2D data from other programs.
- Shortcuts to quickly extrude walls from a 2D floor plan.
- Numerous techniques for adding door and window openings into your walls.
- The power and flexibility of Window and Door Components.
- Helpful hints for placing 2D and 3D entourage components into your scene.
- Techniques for creating and manipulating 3D parametric stairs.
- How to easily generate and customize a 3D roof with the Roof tool.
- And many other useful tips and tricks within form•Z and bonzai3d.

The webinar will be followed by a question and answer session giving you the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm EST (17:00-18:00 GMT)

Don’t wait. Reserve your place now.


form•Z Anniversary Special

February 14, 2014

February 14 is a special day for Autodessys as it is the 23rd anniversary of the release of form•Z
In honor of this anniversary we are offering a special savings of $300.00 off new form•Z licenses and form•Z RenderZone bundles. We are also offering a $300.00 discount when you add additional seats to an existing form•Z license. This special applies to purchases from February 14th through the end of February.


NEW Webinar Replay --form•Z, bonzai3d, and Maxwell v3 Together: Unleash your creativity!

January 31, 2014

We have now released a NEW Webinar Replay --form•Z, bonzai3d, and Maxwell v3 Together: Unleash your creativity!


Webinar : form•Z, bonzai3d, and Maxwell v3 Together: Unleash your creativity!

January 27, 2014

Maxwell v3 is here! Attend this live webinar to hear John Alexander explain how easy it is to create jaw-dropping photo-realistic renders of your models using Maxwell Render v3. With bonzai3d and form•Z's super easy to use interfaces, speedy drawing and reshaping tools, on-screen texture adjustment controls, and Maxwell's realistic light simulations, you too can quickly visualize your designs and present them rendered with stunning realism.

Learn how to add realistic grass to your ground planes, scatter trees or other objects quickly over a landscape, or add a realistic sea, or change the diameter of the sun to achieve special effects!

You will experience:

  • An overview of using Maxwell v3 with form•Z or bonzai3d to render your models.
  • How Maxwell controls are accessed from directly within the modeling application.
  • An architectural exterior project example set up and rendered in Maxwell.
  • How to set up illumination in your exterior 3d scenes using Maxwell Physical Sky.
  • How to apply form• and bonzai3d materials to objects and adjust their placement with easy to use controls.
  • How to set up and render Maxwell Grass, use Reference and Scatter objects, place Sea objects, and use Multilight to get multiple lighting scenarios to produce many different useful images from the same render!

A question and answer session will follow immediately after the webinar

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm EST (17:00-18:00 GMT)


Online training is here!

January 14, 2014

Online training classes are a great way to learn form•Z from the convenience of your computer. Online sessions follow a structured lesson plan and often include downloadable guides and sample files that complement the training.

Class sizes are limited to keep the course moving and make sure that everyone is able to follow along with the material. Most classes have a Q & A time block at the end to allow for specific questions and feedback. Classes are conducted at a variety of times, and cover a variety of subjects.

The complete schedule of upcoming form•Z Training Sessions through January can be found HERE.


Fast migration to form•Z 7 Webinar

December 11, 2013

Learn how easy it is to migrate to the new fast and flexible interface of form•Z 7's new smart interface and new tools.

NURBS Blend Operation

In this webinar you'll discover:

  • The enhancements in form•Z 7 and why they are significant to you and your productivity.

  • How operations can be accomplished in form•Z 7 with fewer clicks and more flexibility.

  • How to model faster by taking advantage of the new smart interface.

A live question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. Space is limited, so register now to avoid missing this special opportunity.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (18:00-19:00 GMT)

Click Here


form•Z end-of-year upgrade special

December 3, 2013

We have exciting news about very special savings for you! You can now take full advantage of the power of form•Z 7 modeling at an exceptional price available until the end of 2013. Click HERE for a dealer near you, US customers get more details HERE.


NEW Webinar Replay -- Digital fabrication

November 19, 2013

We have now released a NEW Webinar Replay -- Digital fabrication in form•Z


form•Z gives you the power to turn your virtual designs into reality in the exciting world of digital fabrication. Learn how easy it is to take your 3D digital model and actually build it using a variety of modern fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, CNC manufacturing, unfolding, and more. This information is valuable for 3D design professionals who want to learn how 3D models can be easily turned into accurate physical reality.

In this video you'll learn:
Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and analyze your model for 3D printing so it prints correctly the first time.
Techniques to quickly and efficiently layout your project for CNC cutting, including valuable tips on how to convert your cnc machine profiles to any one of the many industry standard data formats used in digital fabrication.
Helpful tips on the unfolding process allowing you to harness the power of unwrapping your 3D forms.
What to look for regarding important exporting parameters you need to know when interfacing with digital fabrication.
In addition, we'll also take a brief look at a few other fabrication related tools and features used in managing your 3D model data such as Information Management, exporting data to CVS spreadsheet files, and linking your model to construction layout documentation.

Please see this link to see the video:


formZ 7 awarded AIA BEST OF SHOW

June 26, 2013

Architosh, the leading online publication devoted to Mac and iOS CAD and 3D software professionals and students, has announced its 2nd annual AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW” .

This year Architosh chose two desktop winners and both of them are modeling tools. The first honor goes to AutoDesSys for its completely rebuilt, modern and powerful 3D modeling software in formZ 7 (now at version 7.2). “In both our views this modeling package is without rival in power and ease-of-use,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP. “The new bonzai inspired user-interface dramatically simplifies while making the power features more accessible. It is a virtuous and complete overall and one we think architects should strongly consider as a professional, complete modeling solution .”
2013 Award


bonzai3d v3.0 Released!

May 13, 2013

bonzai3d 3.0is a major update to bonzai3d with over 80 new features including 14 new tools that add functionality for fabrication, 3D printing, NURBS modeling, shape editing, texture mapping and component management. The existingbonzai3dtools have been improved and tweaked to make them even more powerful and flexible. Similar improvements have been made throughout the interface such as the new Sun Position palette that makes creating shadow and sun studies a breeze. Extensive internal changes have improved the performance throughoutbonzai3dmaking it even faster to produce great results.

Upgrade your bonzai3d


See the new 3.0 features:



formZ 7 and bonzai3d Webinars on demand

December 11, 2012

We have made a replay of the webinars available on demand in case you were unable to join us for the live presentations, or in case you would like to review or share all or part of the presentations.

Just click on the desired webinar below to start watching!


The 30-Minute Model

form•Z and Maxwell Render Together

The hidden power of animation in form•Z 7

Quickly sketch your conceptual design ideas using only a few flexible tools and a simple interface.

Create jaw-dropping photo-realistic renders using form•Z and Maxwell Render by Next Limit Technologies.

form•Z's parametric animation gives the power to create stunning dynamic presentations of a design.

You can check for upcoming Live Webinars here and for Webinars on Demand here.


Maxwell for form•Z 7 Released

November 27, 2012

We are excited to announce Maxwell for form•Z 7 is now officially available!

Maxwell for form•Z 7 is tightly integrated into form•Z, incorporating numerous new features and improvements. Highlights include:

- Maxwell Fire support for real-time previewing of views, lights, materials and objects.
- Maxwell Grass support, add realistic grass to your scenes.
- Dramatically faster scene export.
- Significantly enhanced Materials and Lights support.
- New animation system uses a "delta" scheme, where only changed entities are exported for each frame, resulting in fast export and small MXS files.

For a full list of improvements, click here..

Existing customers can download the plugin here.

Or check out the power and accuracy of Maxwell with the demo here.

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Join us for the form•Z and Maxwell Together Webinar This Week:



Todd Slaughter uses form•Z to construct Walden Woods

October 23, 2012

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Todd Slaughter is an internationally known sculptor and Professor of Art at the Ohio State University. He used form•Z to construct Walden Woods, a sculpture currently part of his “American Primitives” exhibition at the Canzani Center in Columbus Ohio that runs through November 8, 2012, a gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) where Todd began teaching sculpture in 1968.

In the Studio
Todd and Walden Woods

Walden Woods is composed of four inter-connected cartoon-like trees of bright, striped fabric. The 9-foot-high artwork—its frame consisting of a plastic used to make bowling balls and baking trays—hangs above the floor. Gallery visitors can marvel at the work from outside, or they can enter the “grove” and experience its underlying structure from within. Spotlights emphasize the colorful and ephemeral nature of the sculpture.1

The underlying lattice structure was created by sectioning the original 3D computer model in form•Z. The lattice is made up of over a thousand notched and labeled separate parts that were laid out on twenty-seven four foot by eight foot phenolic sheets. These shapes were cut out on a Shopbot, and then assembled by hand. form•Z was used to determine the final weight of the structure prior to construction, and to design and construct an “assembly tree”, an intermediate structure that kept the parts in place while they were glued.

Todd had been through several previous attempts to create Walden Woods, but its inherent complexity stood in the way of its construction. Eventually, he talked about his concerns with John Alexander, of AutoDesSys. After these initial discussions, they determined the best way to move forward was to use form•Z to make the cut files from the initial model by thickening it, then determining lines of intersection with arbitrarily placed planes. There were thirty-five horizontal planes, and seventy or so radial planes, causing the lattice to converge at the top. Striped fabric was then added to create the outer surface of the sculpture.

liltab tabletop

Todd explains the intention behind the work in the exhibition catalog: “Walden Woods points to a romantic perception of nature and the the misuse of Emerson and Thoreau’s ideas of identity as an endorsment of radical, self-centered worldviews. The artwork is intended as the touchstone of this exhibition, pointing up the parallels between American individualism and isolationism. An often-applauded aspect of the American character has been the perceived righteousness of the self-reliant individual roughing it, toughing it, and lone-ing it.”

Todd Slaughter’s other notable artworks include a transparent Fiberglas reproduction of Lake Michigan, hanging inside Chicago’s Midway Airport; and La Mano y La Bola, featuring a huge aluminum hand reaching toward a slowly rotating ball on a hill in Spain overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.1

To find out more about Todd Slaughter and his current exhibition “American Primitives” at the Canzani Center Gallery, click HERE.


1. Paprocki, Ray, The Columbus Dispatch, “A Look at ‘Alone’”, September 30, 2012. Image of the Artist, Tom Dodge, Dispatch Photos.; All other images courtesy of Todd Slaughter. announced 3D model doors and windows series

October 22, 2012 is pleased to announce the release of its first volume of the 3D model doors and windows series. This initiative intends to meet the increasing need for a complete architectural object library specially designed for form•Z users. The Doors&Windows – Volume 1 contains 50 highly detailed models of various styles. It is an inexpensive product affordable for individual designers, small architecture studios too.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to AutoDesSys Inc. for giving me the opportunity to work with a software that makes even the toughest projects fun. I would also like to thank the Support Team for giving fast responses and useful tips, solutions on the form•Z support forum every time I requested.


formZ 7 an integral part of a New York City success story

October 15, 2012

formZ 7 was an important part of getting the condo building at 688 Broadway approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Rick Bernstein of Three Dimensional Technology is a long time formZ user and describes his role in the project:

I don't know how to describe the role that formZ plays in my process anymore, but now that I often get a Revit model from the architect I find formZ more crucial than ever. I get to leverage formZ's unparalleled handling of imported data to easily fix problems in the model with formZ 7's vastly impoved toolset (especially the "how did I live without this before" Reshape tool), and then improve the model with clean booleans when I need them, easy rounding and texture mapping. I usually rebuild crucial geometry to make sure the image renders correctly. The process is much better all around be
cause (a) the architect can use their software to understand the 3d relationships in the building and (b) because I get a much more developed idea then I did when I brought in 2d data from them, I have more time for developing textures and lighting then I did previously. I think it's a great workflow for all involved. Putting Maxwell in the mix as the renderer makes the building totally believable in the site. For my money and my workflow the combo of Revit, formZ and Maxwell is the best way to understand and present a building design.

Read more about the project HERE.



form•Z 7 used to design and manufacture lilitab for iPad

October 4, 2012

AutoDesSys | News

lilitab Backdrop

form•Z 7 was used to design and manufacture the lilitab, an Apple approved iPad kiosk. Adam Aronson, a long time AutoDesSys customer, was using form•Z 6 to design the lilitab for iPad when he ran into trouble getting the concave curved corners inside the lilitab just as he was envisioning them. He approached Technical Support for help and was advised to use form•Z 7 beta (at the time). The rest is history! He was able to quickly conquer his shortfall and supply the 3D files needed for manufacturing the device.

lilitab lift
liltab tabletop

The lilitab was used and tied in with NBC's show, Fashion Star. The reality show pitted various up-and-coming designers against each other, and the winning designs from each episode were made available in Macy's, H&R, and Saks. The lilitabs were added to elaborate in-store displays that allow customers to order the apparel while visiting the display. You can find out more about form•Z HERE.


lilitab has also been used by Ford, Kogeto, and The Museum of Making Music. You can find out more about lilitab at


Acadia 2012

October 3, 2012

AutoDessys is proud continue our support of Architecture in academics as Silver sponsor of the "ACADIA 2012: Synthetic Digital Ecologies" conference in San Francisco (


Saudi Green Building Forum

October 3, 2012

AutoDessys is participating as an Innovation Partner at the Saudi Green Building Forum in Riyadh.( Chris Yessios, PhD, President, AutoDesSys and Matthew Holewinski will be presenting "3D Modeling for Green Designs with formZ" at the conference. The presentation will focus on how 3D modeling is an important part of green building design.


Maxwell Render for formZ Technology Preview

September 6, 2012

A technology preview of the new Maxwell for form•Z 7 plugin is available now. This update incorporates numerous new features and improvements, including:

  • Maxwell Fire
  • Maxwell Grass

  • Dramatically faster scene export

  • Significantly enhanced Materials and Lights support

  • Resource Manager

The technology preview plugin is available to Maxwell customers from the Next Limit customer gateway located HERE.

Please provide feedback on the technology preview forum located HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you!


form•Z Model Courtesy of Craig Williams, Becker Morgan Group, Inc.


form•Z 7 Released!

August 6, 2012

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FormZ 7 has arrived. FormZ offers a form generating environment much more powerful, dynamic, intelligent, yet easier to use than any of its previous editions. Not only can you build any form you imagine with formZ, it can also ignite discoveries of forms that you may not have thought of otherwise.

Here are the main ingredients in formZ 7:

To download the formZ 30 day Trial:

  • You start with a smart interface that senses what you intend to do and protects you from unwanted actions. This includes automatic picking and automatic guides that assist you in drawing accurately.

  • Fully parametric and dynamic generation of 3D forms that can be further manipulated at any time after their initial generation.

  • A Reshape tool that, by capitalizing on real time Boolean operations, offers more sculpting actions that produce robust solid models that can easily be fabricated.
  • Faucet Nurbs Blend
    Reshape Example
  • Totally overhauled suite of NURBS tools combines unprecedented easy of use and power. The new NURBS analysis features aide in the evaluation and refinement of your design

  • Powerful formula tools create complex curves and surfaces based on mathematical formulas with ease. The included predefined library of shapes is a launching point for a whole new method of form creation.

  • Components are enhanced symbols that include the ability to edit the component directly where it is placed. Components are also embedded in project’s making them less dependant on external library files.
  • The complete interface and the tool palettes are fully customizable, including the newly introduced favorites palette, where you may place the tools you use frequently for instant access.

  • Newly introduced workspaces group related tools and palettes together making it easy to switch between tasks. User defined workspaces allow for creation of custom workspaces.

  • The traditional formZ drafting and modeling environments found in previous versions have been merged combining the power of both in a unified environment. This powerful combination yields long desired features such as dimensions, hatching and line styles to 3D.

  • Interface Example
    Interface Example
  • Layout sheets can be used to compose different views of a model and/or sections and/ or construction details together with notes and dimensions and have it printed to send to the construction site.

  • The modeling interface has been enhanced with a new shaded working environment. Traditional wire frame, hidden line, shaded full and doodle rendering are included. Photorealistic, global Illumination and sketch rendering is available with the optional RenderZone plugin.

  • Dynamic clipping planes allow for non-destructive cutting of models. This real-time dynamic interface allows for complete inspection of a design.

  • The new Sun Palette enables the quick evaluation of natural light in a building on any given day or time. Quickly create animation of the sun light through a day or an entire year.

  • Present your designs interactively on line with the new VR creation features. These allow you to create web ready interactive panoramic and 360 object movies of your design.

  • Interoperability, a traditional strength of formZ, has further been enhanced with updated translators and a new Rhino import feature.

  • Models can be animated within formZ to produce movies for presentation purposes. Or they can be fabricated using any of the contemporary 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, CNC, or Milling machines.
  • Interface Example
    Metro Rail

    Come ride along with us!

    Metro Rail

    formZ 7 Trial version HERE.

    FREE use of formZ for 30 days

    Learning simplified with Webinars Available On Demand

    Watch and learn formZ anytime, at your leaisure. Click HERE to select a session to familiarize yourself and master the tools at your command!

    formZ 7 Upgrades

    form•Z Users on the family plan and those that have purchased formZ 6.7 recently qualify for an automatic upgrade to form•Z 7. Instructions on how to download your software along with new installation codes will be emailed to you shortly. If you are interested in purchasing an upgrade please visit the purchase page here or contact or your local reseller.

    Image Credits: Formula Surface and Faucet Blend, by Matthew Holewinski; Taiwan day, As One Architecture + Barcelow 3D (Paul Hunnicutt); formZ Interface and Mongol Junk, by John Alexander; Willow, by As One Architecture (Paul Hunnicutt);2D to 3D, by Matthew Holewinski; Metro Train, by Matthew Holewinski.


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    Wandering in the Garden of Technology and Passion, a book about Architect John Marx and his use of form•Z.

    February 14, 2012

    Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion, a book written by Pierluigi Serraino about Architect John Marx, a long time user of form•Z and innovator of digital tools, and the impressive projects of his firm, form4. A vivid demonstration of how a small architectural practice can compete internationally with much larger firms, thanks to their grasp of digital tools.

    "Five chapters divide the work of John Marx that outline the wide-ranging and and biographical conditions of being an architect today. These episodes are structured around themes that cross-section his output, highlighting issues of general interest and avoiding the classic chronological trope so ubiquitous in tales of and architect's accomplishments. Marx's design impulse is the undercurrent throughout these sections. It is through design that architects have the greatest chance to bring relevance to their work and affect people's lives in significantly positive ways."


    This book is available at, you can find it there by clicking HERE.

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    Book Description

    Publication Date: January 18, 2012

    John Marx is of the generation of design architects who witnessedtheir pencils morph into mouses and their drafting tables into computer desktops. Throughout this transition, he has maintained a remarkable aesthetic consistency in his architectural projects. Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion is a study of digital design through Marx's work. This beautifully illustrated book traces the professional path of an architect whose mastery of digital tools transformed his practice into a global player, but who still manages to hold on to the intimate qualities of a boutique practice.

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    Webinar on Demand: Discover form•Z Part 2

    November 22, 2011

    If you missed the Introduction to form•Z 7 Part 2, you can watch it at any time HERE.
    As a matter of fact you can also replay Part 1 and other webinars presented by AutoDesSys earlier on. See how easy, practical and enjoyable 3D is when you have the right application in your toolbox.

    Explore • Design • Deliver


    Webinar Replay: Want to see What's New in form•Z 7?

    November 14, 2011

    Watch the introduction to form•Z 7 at your leisure when you choose.

    Here's your opportunity in this first part of a two part live webinar. In part 1 we guide you on an exploratory journey of a contemporary design space from conceptual massing model to iterative design details, including some essential new fabrication features.

    You will experience:
    • A quick overview of the most significant new features in form•Z 7.
    How the new intelligent smart interface guides you through your design.

    Easier Nurbs modeling with new and updated tools which make complex shapes a snap. Powerful new tools that help create fabrication details of your design.
    New methods for changing your design using either dynamic "free-form" manipulation and/or numeric "parametric" based features.

    To watch the webinar at your leisure whenever you wish CLICK HERE

    Next up,
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (18:00 - 19:00 GMT),
    What's new in form•Z 7, Part 2: Visualizaiton, rendering, fabrication, and presentation

    Sign up to watch this webinar HERE

    To download form•Z 7 Beta go HERE


    Webinar: What's New in form•Z 7 Part 2

    November 10, 2011

    What's new in form•Z 7, Part 2: Visualization, rendering, fabrication and presentation

    WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011

    To register go HERE

    In part 2 of this series we'll continue the exploration of our design study to highlight numerous visualization and presentation features in form•Z 7 that accelerate and simplify lighting, materials, rendering, fabrication, and multiple design concepts.
    You will experience:
    • Faster texture mapping of your scene with new automatic texturing and drag-n-drop materials

    • New "live" dynamic manipulation of materials directly on your objects.

    • Efficient lighting of your scene with new drag-n-drop dynamic lights

    • Updated Sun position palette for quick and dynamic global sun positioning.

    • The ease of setting up a Global Illumination rendering of your scene.

    • How components can be easily utilized to quickly visualize multiple design concepts.

    • And numerous other new quick and easy techniques for visualizing and fabricating your design.
    The webinar will be followed by a question and answer session. REGISTER NOW

    To DOWNLOAD the form•Z 7 beta click HERE



    Webinar: Discover form•Z 7

    November 8, 2011

    What's new in form•Z 7, Part 1: Parametric modeling in a modern fluid interface
    WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Want to see what's new in form•Z 7? Here's your opportunity in this two part live webinar. In part 1 we'll guide you on an exploratory journey of a contemporary design space from conceptual massing model to iterative design details, including some essential new fabrication features.

    You will experience:
    • A quick overview of the most significant new features in form•Z 7.
    • How the new intelligent smart interface guides you through your design.
    • How the new reshaping tools let you effortlessly sculpt your design ideas faster than ever before.
    • Easier Nurbs modeling with new and updated tools which make complex shapes a snap.
    • Powerful new tools that help create fabrication details of your design.
    • New methods for changing your design using either dynamic "free-form" manipulation and/or numeric "parametric" based features.

    The webinar will be followed by a question and answer session.

    The free beta software download of form•Z is available by clicking HERE>>

    Be sure to register for the webinars as well to kick start your form•Z 7 experience right HERE>>


    form•Z 7 Beta 5 Released

    November 8, 2011

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of form•Z 7 Beta 5 release. 

    In formZ 7 you will find a modern interface with a lot of new functionally along with enhancements to existing formZ functionality. With the new interface many steps have been automated, interactivity expanded, and performance increased which all means less clicking and more doing. You too can join the growing community of formZ 7 beta users. This free beta software download is available by clicking HERE>>


    Workshop: The new form.Z and its parametrics for digital design

    September 26, 2011

    In form.Z 7.0, with its “game-changing” intuitive interface, all model building is dynamic, intentionally tentative, and continuously changeable, which allows you to explore and experiment with no restrictions during the design process. Concepts can be sketched quickly, altered fluently, and at the right moment of decision making they can be solidified into robust models. These CAD accurate models can be directly fabricated, rendered, and/or animated. Also any required section, plan, or elevation can be readily extracted from them for communication with other members of the design team.


    This one day workshop will offer an overview of form.Z 7.0 and specific tutorial examples. You will learn how the new Reshape tools let you sculpt and conceptualize your design ideas with ease and efficiency. You will experience how easily you can create organic forms and how to perform unlimited design iterations using parametric controls. You will observe how form.Z’s real-time Booleans will always provide clean worry-free solid geometry that can be used in any other program and 3D printers.


    Attendees will be required to have their own laptops. Licenses of the program will be provided for the workshop


    DATE            Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    TIME             9:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm



    Webinar: Bonzai3d and Maxwell Render Together

    June 7, 2011

    On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (17:00 - 18:00 GMT) -
    how easy it is to create jaw-dropping photo-realistic renders using bonzai3d and Maxwell Render. With bonzai3d's super easy to use interface, speedy drawing and reshaping tools, on- screen texture adjustment controls, drop-in lights, and Maxwell's un-biased realistic light simulations, you too can quickly visualize your designs and present them rendered with stunning realism.
    SPECIAL GUEST: Ben Dean from Pylon Technical, developer of the Maxwell Z plug-in for Next Limit Technologies. Ben will be with us for Q&A following the demonstration in order to answer questions! MORE>>



    New Videos for Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d

    June 4, 2011

    Method released new series of tutorial videos complementing the release of the Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d. You will see how how to use Maxwell Render via the new bonzai3d plugin, and get extremely realistic, physically accurate imagery from these very easy-to-use yet robust modeling and rendering programs.

    You can get a trial version of Bonzai3d HERE>>

    You can  download a demo of Maxwell Render HERE>>

    The links to watch the tutorial videos:

    They are also hosted on Maxwell Render's "Think" site.


    bonzai3d 2.5 Released

    June 3, 2011

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of the bonzai3d version 2.5 patch.

    A number of reported irregularities were corrected in this version. A few highlights:
    • Stability has been improved throughout the interface.
    • The performance of intersection and key point snaps has been improved.
    • Display issues with multi-view have been corrected.
    • Right Clicking to close the Render Area Rectangle while resizing it no longer crashes.
    • Rapid double clicking RenderZone materials repeatedly no longer leads to a crash.

    Registered versions of bonzai3d (v. 2.0 or 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, or 2.4), may be updated by going to Check for Updates from the bonzai3d Help Menu and following the prompts.

    The Trial version has also been updated and may be downloaded HERE>>


    Alternative Present or Possible Future

    May 19, 2011

    Craig Williams is an accomplished architect and an avid form•Z user who contributes regularly at the form•Z forum.  He recently submitted some images that did not go unnoticed, and for good reason.

    As part of the American Society for Architectural Illustrators' AIP26 competition, this rendering received the Koichi Yasuda Juror Award, one of the top six awards given from a field of over four hundred entries from thirteen countries. This year's show is scheduled to open at Pola Museum Ginza, Tokyo Japan from September 10 to October 2 and will be held in parallel with UIA 2011 Tokyo, as its associated event called "Visualizing Architectural Design Exhibition". It will be co-organized by various participating associations and corporations from eight different countries around the world.

    Entitled "RED", the rendering suggests either an alternative present or a possible future. Although the timeline is ambiguous, the image tells several parts of a story: gasoline is a thing of the past, Hydrogen is the current fuel source, science is somehow more advanced and unfamiliar to our own, but even this fueling station with all of its advanced technology is showing its age. The landscape is arid, desolate, yet the redhead in the billboard continues to gaze down the highway, luring weary travelers with her hollow promise of luxury and abundance.

    Craig Williams is no novice to awards having also won
    the 2010 AIP25, Robert Greenstreet Juror Award and
    the 2009 AIP24 Award of Excellence


    Self Paced Tutorials for bonzai3d

    May 17, 2011

    Part 3 of the self paced tutorials for bonzai3d has been released to help you master techniques for materials, lights, and displays at your pace.  CLICK HERE to visit the page where you will find out more about these and other tutorials and get access to downloading them.

    The “hands-on” self-paced tutorials are organized to help b3d users to easily learn the techniques that will yield results quickly and efficiently.  They are organized in sequential categories that walk you from essential interface navigation to mastering more advanced techniques, as you choose your level of expertise and needs accordingly.

    PART 1 QuickStart starts
    from the beginning and briefly introduces you to the interface. It then walks you through basic drawing tips to get you modeling quickly. You’ll learn how to add or subtract volume to an object using the drawing tools. The tutorial concludes with moving, copying, and basic navigation.

    PART 2 Sculpting continues from Part 1 and let’s you use the “sculpting” tools such as Reshaping, Insert Outlines, Insert Segments, and Imprinting. Learn how to move parts of objects. See how to draw on an object with or without inserting. You’ll also learn how to use the Roof tool, Primitives, Booleans, Sweeping, and Deformations.

    PART 3 Materials, Lights, and Displays utilizes the Edit Texture tool, Map Texture tool, predefined materials, and a variety of different display types. Learn how to create and move lights in your scene and how to position the sun light based on actual location and time. You will also learn how to use Global Illumination to enhance your final result.

    SEE IT ALL HERE & Let there b3d



    Manuals available online

    April 12, 2011

    Bonzai3d, RenderZone Plugin, and Sketch Rendering Plugin manuals have become available online on the b3d documentation page of the AutoDesSys website.  This gives all users the ability to access the latest version of the manuals as they are edited with each update and features are added or revised.

    Follow THIS LINK to get to them. The same may be accessed under the "Support" drop down menu of the website.


    Maxwell Render Plugin For Bonzai3d Released

    April 5, 2011

    Next Limit Technologies, creators of Maxwell Render and AutoDesSys, developer of bonzai3D, are very happy to announce a new plugin for bonzai3d users. The new plugin will now allow bonzai3d users to render with Maxwell Render directly inside their platform. With this plugin, users can convert materials between the two programs as well as view Maxwell materials directly inside bonzai3d.

    ¨We are excited to see this new connection between Maxwell Render and bonzai3d,¨ says Juan Cañada, Lead Developer of Maxwell Render, at Next Limit Technologies. ¨The integration is exceptional and it will offer bonzai3d users an opportunity to produce the best quality images using Maxwell Render¨.

    B3d is a relatively new comer in the  3D industry. It is quick, easy to use but quite powerful and very robust. Designers can use b3d in the conceptual and sketching stages of their projects workflow. The CAD accurate models can then be used further down in the pipeline for final renders, construction design, fabrication and animation. Embedded tutorials make it easy to use while its robust geometry standards make it a choice for professionals.

    ¨We are very pleased with the release of the Maxwell Render plugin for b3d, as it will add some great advanced rendering capabilities to the refreshingly easy to use modeling flow of the program¨ says Alexandra Yessios, VP of Sales & Marketing at AutoDesSys Inc. ¨You can create imaginative forms smoothly and effortlessly and then render them with all the global illumination effects that so successfully compete with reality.¨

    "We kept bonzai3d's motto--- 'small but powerful'--- in mind when developing the plugin for Maxwell Render¨, says Ben Dean, plugin developer. ¨ You'll get photorealistic renderings from your existing Bonzai projects in no time with the materials auto-translate feature, which uses verbal material hints, like 'glass' and 'aluminum,' to guide the translation. Of course, you can use MXM materials for even greater accuracy. The plugin adds five new light types for illuminating your scenes, including Maxwell's Physical Sky, IES for manufacturer-accurate lighting, and a parametric 'soft box' which works just like its photographic counterpart. These light types help you leverage Maxwell Render´s legendary Multilight feature. You can promote your designs with stunning, physically accurate images ¨

    Maxwell Render is a next generation rendering technology based upon the physical equations governing light transport. It enables users to digitally create highly accurate and believable imagery of the real world. Maxwell Render produces incredibly realistic illumination without resorting to the tricks/approximations used by many current industry standard renderers. Moreover, it supersedes existing renderers through its incredible ease-of-use, enabling professionals in a very broad range of disciplines to quickly learn and exploit its capabilities. Maxwell Render is now used as the render software of choice for companies in many industries including Architecture, Automotive, Product/Industrial Design and Media & Entertainment.

    Bonzai3d offers a fresh take on 3D modeling. Prior to b3d, 3D modelers tended to be easy-to-use, or accurate and powerful, but rarely both. Bonzai's fluid, contemporary interface is backed up by robust geometry based on AutoDesSys' proprietary modeling algorithms coupled with other solid modeling kernels, so you can go from 3D sketch to production in record time, with solids, NURBS or both.

    You can get this new plug-in by registering for the free demo version of Maxwell Render HERE
    Download the free Trial Version of bonzai3d HERE


    bonzai3d 2.4 released

    March 17, 2011

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of bonzai3d v2.4 update.

    While this is mainly a maintenance update, it does add a few important additions such as support for Maxwell Render, and the Polish localization.  b3d is now available in 9 languages and 2 additional are in the works:  English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Czech, Polish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, with Russian and Portuguese coming soon.  

    A new trial version is available to download HERE 

    To update a registered version of bonzai3d (v. 2.0 or 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3), simply select Check for Updates from the bonzai3d Help Menu and follow the prompts.

    Bonzai3d version 2.4 includes support for Maxwell Render, access to the Manual when shift clicking on the Menu items, better support for certain international keyboards, and more. The complete description of what is new in bonzai3d 2.4 can be found in a PDF that downloads automatically to your bonzai3d folder when you run the automatic update.  

    Here is a synopsis of what’s new in bonzai3d v2.4
    • Support for Maxwell Renderer. A Maxwell Plug-in for bonzai3d will be available shortly from Maxwell (
    •bonzai3d is now localized in Polish. This is the ninth language that bonzai3d has been localized for.

    There are a number of bug corrections in this version. Here are a few highlights:
    • International keyboard input methods are now properly supported on OS X (French Numerical for example)
    • The Mirror tool now shades objects properly.
    • Replacing mirrored components tool no longer leaves them inside out.
    • Reshaping objects with UV or UV Coordinate texture maps no longer crashes (models imported from SketchUp
      often have UV texture Coordinates).
    • Shift click on Menu Items now brings up the Manual properly.
    • In metric units, a capital M is now accepted for meters.
    • A variety of memory related issues have been resolved.

    Let there b3d to
    Explore • Design • Deliver


    aTrackt! Funding Successful

    March 10, 2011

    One month ago we reported on Mark Donohue's design of the aTrackt! using bonzai3d, his device to securely position the Apple Magic Trackpad alongside Apple's matching Aluminum Wireless Keyboard.  AutoDesSys is happy to let you know that Mark achieved his goal for funding the device which is now on its way to production.  Congratulations and kudos to Mark Donohue from all of us here at AutoDesSys.

    You can read more about aTrackt! HERE


    Bonzai3d user designs aTrackt!

    February 10, 2011

    Mark Donohoe is pretty good at conceiving new projects and ideas.  He relies on bonzai3D because he finds the application “pretty damn great at getting them from your head to the screen”. He says: “the speed and ease-of-use of bonzai3D's impressive interface let me focus on the design of the product rather than the software I was using”; and he also adds that “the 'Scenes' feature of bonzai3D was great for letting me try out different scenarios and configurations of the project and compare them with a single click”. Mark not only designed the aTrackt! using b3d, but also made a prototype of his product “in record time” by exporting the bonzai3d files to a CNC machine. 

    The aTrackt! is a surprisingly simple and elegant device used to securely position the Apple Magic Trackpad alongside Apple's matching Aluminum Wireless Keyboard. Unlike competing products, the devices remain on the desk as if the aTrackt! wasn't there.  But it is there and it keeps both devices locked together side-by-side in a most unobtrusive way. The aTrackt! can be used in a left- or right-handed configuration simply by flipping it around. You can find more information about the aTrackt! HERE


    form•Z User Wins Lightworks Image Competition

    February 8, 2011

    Lightworks, a supplier of rendering solutions for developers of 3D graphics software, has announced that Andrew Parks is the winner of the latest Lightworks Image Competition. Parks used form•Z RenderZone Plus software to create his winning image of a house in rural Arkansas.  The house utilized careful siting as well as weathered materials in order to blend into the surroundings. 

    The house is designed along circulation datum with living/sleeping spaces plugged in to it. Each space is separated by a courtyard filled with natural grasses and wildflowers. The courtyards aren’t meant to be occupied, but act as a natural breath between the different programmatic elements of the house. The materials and forms are very simple and raw, but rich in character, paying homage to the site as well as the owner. The low maintenance corten wraps the whole house, like a tube, unifying the detached programmatic zones of the house. Where courtyards slice the form of the tube, simple fiber cement panels act as infill. The form of the house hovers over the landscape, not only to emphasize the sense of a continuous wrapper, but also to let the landscape be as untouched as possible.


    An interview about bonzai3d on Sketchucation

    December 15, 2010

    Q: We can’t possibly cover each and every tool in bonzai3d for this interview. In doing this interview, I wanted to cover the most important features that are available both in Google SketchUp and and bonzai3d. Then going a bit further into the bonzai3d application and covering some of its tools which are not part of Google SketchUp, as an incentive to people to try out bonzai3d.

    A: bonzai3d was conceived as a lighter version of form•Z. with a contemporary interface. It was conceived as an application that invites easy 3D modeling, initially at a conceptual/ sketching level, but also capable of producing robust detailed models that can be used for the production of accurate construction drawings, presentation renderings, and physical scale or full size models, using any of the available fabrication methods, without requiring any additional processing of the models. The latter are all virtues that form•Z already has and we had no problem borrowing some major parts of its modeling engine, especially some of its advanced operations that are easy to execute. The interface of bonzai3d was done from scratch.

    Read the interview HERE>>


    Partnerships in Learning

    December 3, 2010

    AutoDesSys is proud to present the 17 edition of the Joint Study Journal.  This is an annual periodical published to recap the year in 3D as taught and researched in schools around the world.  It is the outcome of the Joint Study Program that was established in 1991 to incorporate 3D modeling in the design curriculum and teach digital design representations of projects in all fields engaged in the articulation of 3D forms and shapes.

    The Journal includes the student awards, and a collection of articles contributed by academicians and students based on a topic of interest chosen by the guest editor.
    Guest Editor Kevin Cespedes selected "The Fantastic and the Constructible" as the theme of concentration for the contribution of articles.  The collection is intellectually stimulating, intriguing and points to the future of the industry.

    This year, the Joint Study Journal is dedicated to Bill Mitchell,  a well known proponent of 3D, who passed away too soon, and is dearly missed by all whose lives were touched by his initiatives and clairvoyance in the field.
    Browse and read the Journal HERE>>


    Student Awards Announced

    December 3, 2010

    In the tradition of the form•Z Joint Study Program, AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the 2010 Joint Study Awards to deserving Students in the following categories: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Product Design, and Fabrication. 

    AutoDesSys established the Joint Study Program in 1991 to facilitate the use of 3D in Universities and to train emerging young designers in the digital arts with the use of form•Z and since 2008, bonzai3d as well.  It has become an exhilarating experience for the software developer who has watched hundreds of thousands of aspiring designers transform the design industry with their bold projects and the level of sophistication that has grown exponentially through the inception of this program.  Sincere congratulations to all the winners and their attempts to make our world a better designed environment and best wishes for successful careers in the work force.

    Submissions came from participating universities from all over the world.  The Awards of Distinction and Honorable Mentions can be seen HERE>>


    Bonzai3d Webinars

    December 3, 2010

    AuotDesSys holds informative webinars to demonstrate the different uses of bonzai3d, its application in varied and useful ways, how it can enhance 3D modeling and visualization simply, effectively, and easily. 

    If you have missed particular webinars hat you intended to attend but got tangled in the daily demands of your workflow, you can now view them at your leisure any time at your convenience, by simply going to

    Enjoy the show!

    And don't forget all the useful video tutorials that walk you through particular tools and features and make learning them a cinch. Just click HERE to get started.


    form•Z 6.7.2 Update Released

    December 2, 2010

    While work on form•Z 7.0 continues diligently, AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of update v 6.7.2. This update fixes a number of issues with ACIS, DWG, Hidden Line, the Detailed Screw tool, and adds STEP for the 64 bit version of form•Z. A more detailed corrections list can be found HERE>>


    bonzai v 2.3 now available

    November 17, 2010

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce that bonzai3d 2.3 update has now been released. Bonzai3d version 2.3 includes a number of corrections, including improvements to Hidden Line rendering, Network Licensing, Smooth Modeling, and the Artlantis Export.

    Bonzai3d 2.3 Trial Version has also been released.  To download and try out the newest version simply visit this PAGE>> and follow the prompts.



    bonzai3d v 2.2 Released

    September 20, 2010

    Bonzai3d 2.2 update has been released and available to download as a trial version or to update a registered version v. 2.0 or 2.1, by simply selecting Check for Updates from the bonzai3d Help Menu and follow the prompts.


    The trial version of bonzai3d can be downloaded from the Trial Download page by filling out THIS FORM.

    Here is WHAT IS NEW in bonzai3d v2.2:

    bonzai3d is now available in two more languages, French and Czech, in addition to German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese and English.

    A new plugin is included to export your bonzai3d projects to Artlantis 3. For more information on Artlantis see

    Interface changes for Google Earth and 3D Warehouse (required by Google).

    supports floating network licenses. This allows for the software to be installed on a number of machines and simultaneous use up to the number of licenses purchased. For more information contact or your local dealer.

    Bonzai3d version 2.2 also contains 75 IMPROVEMENTS to reported irregularities that include the following:
    • Improvements to Hidden Line
    • Improvements to Export Image: DXF & DWG
    • Section and Clipping plane improvements
    • General Import & Export improvements

    CLICK HERE for the complete description of what is new in bonzai3d 2.2. It downloads by default to your bonzai3d folder when you run the automatic update.


    bonzai3d 2.1 Released

    May 5, 2010

    bonzai3d 2.1 adds new features and tools and significant improvements to existing ones. A trial version can be downloaded HERE>>

    What's new in bonzai3d 2.1?

    Dimension unit display: Dimension styles have been enhanced with a new option: Include Units.

    NURBS by Lofting tool: New options have been added to the N-Loft tool.

    Match View tool: A new option, Angle Only has been added to increase the flexibility of the view matching process.

    Snap to ghosted objects: A new Snap To Ghosted option has been added to the Object Snaps Options palette.

    SketchUp 7.0 import: The sketchup importer can now import files created with SkecthUp 7.

    Find a more complete list of improvements HERE>>


    Things Just Became Easier!

    May 5, 2010 Evan Troxel

    "It’s interesting how my history with AutoDesSys comes full circle. After I spent a few years away from form•Z, they released a new application for designers called bonzai3d. I jumped at the opportunity to beta test the application and hopefully help form it into a great app for architectural designers. After all of the years of experience I’ve had with form•Z, both professionally and in teaching it, I knew exactly where bonzai3d needed to go to become the go-to modeler that I and so many others needed. What was so unexpected was that AutoDesSys had already built the application that I had been needing for so many years.

    ...Over the last year, bonzai3d has changed the landscape of conceptual design tools in my field of architectural design. I always welcome another tool in my toolbox, but bonzai3d is my go-to tool for the majority of my work. The tools it offers are so numerous and powerful that I hardly need to go to another to get my job done. When I need to do that, I can because it plays so well with the other tools that are out there."  READ FULL ARTICLE>>


    Copy and Paste from 2D to 3D!

    April 21, 2010


    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the adoption of a new open standard developed through a collaboration with the developer of Wild Tools for PowerCADD. In short, the application of OpenClip technology in bonzai3d and form•Z

    Ever wondered if there were a different way to export 2D files into 3D programs other than the conventional means? Now there is! For the first time, you are able to copy and paste, yes, copy and paste, precision vector objects from one program to another. The OpenClip plug-in is FREE. You can use it if you are on the Mac platform and use PowerCADD 8.0 and either bonzai3d 2.0 or form•Z 6.7

    The Macintosh versions of bonzai3d 2.0 and form•Z 6.7 from AutoDesSys are the first programs to support OpenClip. It handles Paste from OpenClip in the current plane. Copy will be made available in an upcoming version. 

    Here is how it works:

    Then work on your model in 3D to visualize it or do whatever your task requires. As simple as this!

    To check this out, if you don't already have bonzai3d, you can download a trial version from, or use the form•Z demo (download from To obtain a trial version of PowerCADD, you may contact Engineered Software at or by calling 336-299-4843. 


    Webinar: Introduction to bonzai3d

    April 15, 2010

    Join this webinar to hear Matthew Holewinski from AutoDesSys demonstrate and explain how bonzai3d is used to accelerate the 3D design process with its intuitive interface, flexible modeling tools, and extensive visualization capabilities.

    Discover how the robust models created with bonzai3d can be used further down the production pipeline with worry free geometry.

    This informative webinar will give you insight into why bonzai3d is fast becoming the 3D modeler of choice in all design disciplines.

    • You will experience:
    • A quick overview of many significant features and capabilities in bonzai3d.
    • The intuitive interface and how it speeds up the modeling process.
    • The advantages of true solids modeling.
    • Nurbs modeling and how organic forms are created and edited with ease.
    • A sample project including a final rendering to observe project workflow.
    • Ways that bonzai3d plays well with other applications.
    • How components, doors, and windows are easily managed.
    • Extensive visualization features including photo-realistic rendering with Global Illumination using the         Renderzone Plugin for bonzai3d.
    much more…

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 
    12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EDT or 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EDT



    form•Z 6.7 RELEASED

    March 16, 2010

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of form.Z 6.7.  This is a maintenance release while development centers on the release of form.Z 7.0 later on in 2010.

    Version 6.7 brings general performance improvements throughout the application.  In addition to correcting reported irregularities, it adds support for DWG and DXF 2010 to facilitate import/export from and to Autocad.  The stability and performance of smooth modeling operations is enhanced through the incorporation of an updated version of ACIS that includes support for SAT r19 files.

    All users on the Family Plan will receive form.Z 6.7 on DVD automatically. We expect to start sending the update by the end of the week.  

    Users who are not on the Family Plan, but are current on either version 6.5 or v 6.6, will be able to update for a minimal charge by ordering directly online from the AutoDesSys portal.

    Users on versions 6.6 can order their DVD update online by going HERE, for a charge of US $45.00 plus shipping.

    Users on versions 6.5 can order their DVD update online by going HERE, for a charge of US $75.00 plus shipping.
    form.Z users on any other version will need to contact AutoDesSys sales or their local dealers for pricing and to order this update.  Please CLICK HERE to select your ordering method.
    Academic users of the annual student edition of form.Z can only obtain the update by downloading it.  You will receive instructions on how to do it by going HERE.  


    bonzai3d 2.0 & RenderZone Plugin Released

    February 4, 2010

    bonzai3d 2.0 brings a number of new features including dimensions, advanced NURBS modeling tools, walkthrough tool and clipping planes (real time non-destructive sections) just to name a few. A summary of the new features is listed below.

    RenderZone Plugin adds the ability to create stunning presentations and visuals, as an option.   It offers the ultimate in photorealistic rendering with Global Illumination based on Final Gather, Ambient Occlusion, and Radiosity, for advanced simulation of lighting effects and rendering techniques. A trial version of the plugin is included with the bonzai3d 2.0 download.

    bonzai3d 2.0 is a FREE UPGRADE for all users who bought b3d 1.x. Get it here:

    Others can download a fully featured trial version and use it free for 30 days.
    Self-teaching video tutorials make learning b3d a cinch.  

    Amazingly simple... with simply amazing results.

    bonzai3d 2.0 New features

    3D Dimensions: 5 new dimension tools have been added including linear, angular, radial, leader lines and notes. Dimensions are associated with the objects that they reference and update dynamically as the model is changed.

    NURBS modeling: Six new NURBS modeling tools for extending, merging and blending curves and surfaces enhance bonzai3d’s smooth modeling capabilities. The Blend tools feature an innovative interface that makes surface blending easy and intuitive.

    Walkthrough tool: This new tool enables real time point of view animation through a scene, including collision detection.

    3D Clipping planes: This feature cuts models open to reveal interior spaces without destroying the model. The clipping planes are preserved in their own palette so that they can be recalled as needed. Clipping planes are an effective working and presentation tool.

    Components: The bonzai3d 1.0 Content feature has been drastically improved and is now called components to match industry standards. Components are managed in the new Components palette. Component groups are now embedded in the project files making them portable and editable directly in the project. The Component tools have been reorganized and a specialized tool for repositioning windows and doors has been added. The hole created by window and door components is automatically healed when a door or window is moved, deleted or replaced.

    Printing: It has been completely overhauled and adds the ability to print to a specific scale.

    Preferences: The size of the tool icons can be changed through a new option in the Preferences dialog. Additional options control the display of the tool names in the icons.

    Views menu: New items for Home, Previous, and Next views have been added.

    Help: The Project Info dialog has a new tab for tracking linked files.

    Parameter editing: Object parameters in the Parameters tab of the Tool Options palette can now be edited on multiple objects simultaneously.

    Group editing: Groups can now be edited in the project. This eliminates the need to ungroup and re-group when wishing to make a change to an object in a group.

    Object isolation: Objects can now be easily isolated when wanting to work on them and they are part of complex models.

    Colors of edges: Control over the color of object edges has been added with the new Edge Color attribute

    Transformations: Applying operations such as move, rotate, and scale on large models has been optimized.

    DFX/DWG extensions: Support for AutoCad 2010 has been added to the DXF/DWG translator.

    Localizations: bonzai3d is now localized for Spanish and German. Additional localizations for Italian, Japanese, and Chinese are in progress and will be released shortly.

    RenderZone plugin: Last but not least, the RenderZone plugin, which includes Sketch Rendering, is now available and a trial version is included with bonzai3d v2.0.


    AutoDesSys Launches New Web Site

    February 3, 2010

    Welcome to the new AutoDesSys web site, preceding the release of bonzai3d 2.0 and RenderZone Plugin.  It combines the form•Z and bonzai3d web sites under the company umbrella and re-organizes products, related items, and support, to better serve its customers.  Comments and suggestions are welcome to make visitors' experience valuable and informative.


    2009 Student Awards Announced

    October 26, 2009

    AutoDesSys held the 17th Annual Awards Banquet of its Joint Study Program to reward student projects executed using form•Z. The event took place in Chicago, during the ACADIA (Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference which was held at SAIC (School of Art Institute of Chicago). The school’s ballroom where it was held, is reminiscent of the old glory of the city’s turn of the century elegance, while the 200+ audience that filled it, represents the progression of the digital tools that serve the architectural industry and community and have led design to studies and executions unheard of even twenty years ago. form•Z has led this evolution since the 1980s when it was conceived and introduced to the market to fulfill the much needed digital three dimensional representation of design. To this day, it offers the most complete set of tools for three dimensional design in a single software package.

    The awards this year are in five categories: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Interior Design, Fabrication, and Visualization. Students received awards of distinction and honorable mentions.  The schools with winning entries were: The College of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo;  College of Architecture, Texas Tech University; School of Architecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Department of Architectural Studies, Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales Institute, United Kingdom; Department of Art and Media, South Devon College, Paignton, Devon, United Kingdom; Department of Architecture, Tamkang University, Tanshui, Taiwan; BAA Illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

    All the winning projects can be seen at

    In his address to the audience present at the awards ceremony, Chris Yessios, president of AutoDesSys, said: “We are happy to know that the students we have been awarding all these year are very much part of this younger generation of designers that are playing such a pivotal role in the evolution of our contemporary architectural culture.” He went on to remark that “quite a few of the papers presented in this conference have acknowledged, older generations of designers are still uncomfortable with computers and they will always be. However, they have learned and gained confidence that, no matter how daring their initial sketches may be, some young architect who has been 'mousing' around almost since he was in his/her crib, will be able to translate them into something constructible.”

    The journey has been full of accomplishment for form•Z Joint Study award winners the past 17 years. This year’s conference organizer, Tristan d’Estrée Sterk, is one of them, exactly 10 years ago. The journey for AutoDesSys has been equally fulfilling, gratifying, and filled with its own sense of accomplishment, knowing that it is able to contribute to the education of young designers all over the world making a difference in their own way.

    Left to right:
    Back row: Hung-Ming Chen, Robin Coles, Kobi Bauer, Owen Kramme, Antonio Vigil
    Front row; Sarah Jester, Lindsay Kunz, Rebecca Pitt, Mara Schweikert, Elizabeth Suina, Sean Obrien


    RenderZone Plugin For bonzai3d Beta Testing Released

    October 12, 2009

    AutoDesSys announced the start of the beta testing process for:

    (1) bonzai3d 2.0
    (2) RenderZone plug-in for bonzai3d

    All b3d license holders are invited to beta test the new plugin by downloading b3d 2.0 and install it using their current license number. Current users of RenderZone Plus as well as other rendering experts are also invited to test the new RZ plug-in. For details go HERE>>

    • The RenderZone plug-in offers photorealistic rendering, including global illumination and ambient occlusion. It is compatible with formZ RenderZone Plus and allows the smooth transfer of rendering information between the two applications.

    • b3d 2.0 offers 3D dimensions, 3D clipping planes (non-destructive sectioning), a Walk-through tool, six new NURBS tools for blending, merging, and extending curves and surfaces, overhauled printing, adjustable size of tool icons, improved view navigation work-flow, and more.

    AutoDesSys looks forward to making these developments available to the 3D industry soon. It welcomes beta tester feedback and looks forward to offering significantly better tools for design projects. 


    bonzai3d 2.0 Beta Test begins

    October 12, 2009

    AutoDesSys announced the start of the beta testing process for:

    (1) bonzai3d 2.0
    (2) RenderZone plug-in for bonzai3d.

    All b3d license holders are invited to beta test the new features (see below) by downloading b3d 2.0 and install it using their current license number.

    The bonzai3d 2.0 beta also includes the RenderZone plugin. Look for details on how to obtain these applications HERE>>

    • b3d 2.0 offers 3D dimensions, 3D clipping planes (non-destructive sectioning), a Walk-through tool, six new NURBS tools for blending, merging, and extending curves and surfaces, overhauled printing, adjustable size of tool icons, improved view navigation work-flow, and more.

    • The RenderZone plug-in offers photorealistic rendering, including global illumination and ambient occlusion. It is compatible with formZ RenderZone Plus and allows the smooth transfer of rendering information between the two applications.

    AutoDesSys looks forward to making these developments available to the 3D industry soon. It welcomes beta tester feedback and looks forward to offering significantly better tools for your design projects.  


    bonzai3d Update 1.2 Released

    September 22, 2009

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce that the bonzai3d version 1.2 update has been released.

    bonzai3d 1.2 is primarily a maintenance update for the application . This includes compatibility with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Note that bonzai3d is not yet a 64 bit application hence it does not yet take advantage of the new 64 bit support in Snow Leopard. We plan to support this in the future in form•Z, but Spatial (ACIS) and Lightworks
    still need to deliver 64 bit versions of OS X before we can! Note that with Snow Leopard compatibility, we re-gain 3D Warehouse support on OS X that Google recently broke in OS X 10.5.

    This version includes Japanese and Italian localizations.

    There are also a number of important bug corrections including the export of images with shadows and sweeping along non planar wire paths.

    If you have a registered copy of bonzai3d, you can update this by going to bonzai3d's Help Menu and selecting Check for Update.

    If you currently have an unexpired trial copy, you can return to the same link from where you downloaded the trial version previously and download an updated trial. (If you don't have this link, just fill out the form on This Page and the link will be sent to you automatically.)


    bonzai3d Workshop in Chicago

    September 9, 2009

    LOCATION: Chicago 
    DATE: October 21, 2009
    TIME: 9am - 4pm
    A one day workshop that will cover the workings of bonzai3d, its ease of sketching and generating 3D models, and its self-learning facilities. It will move quickly to the actual design of architectural forms that go significantly beyond what is possible with both traditional manual means and other more conventional 3D modelers. The workshop is set to encourage intense hands-on participation and exploratory design that starts with quick sketches that lead to robust modeling and even fabrication. Participants will actually be encouraged to prepare their designs for 3D printing that will occur after the end of the workshop.

    Presented at ACADIA Conference 2009 by Chris Yessios, founder of AutoDesSys, and b3d master instructor, Matthew Holewinski, this is a workshop you don't want to miss.  For details and to sign up for the workshop CLICK HERE>>



    August 4, 2009

    AutoDesSys has teamed up with Shapeways to offer a 3D Modeling and Printing Contest that starts the first day of Siggraph and runs for a month – August 4 to September 4, 2009.

    AutoDesSys has a passion for 3D modeling! Shapeways is passionate about creating!

    Together they are inviting designers from all industries to build their dream home or any object in it with bonzai3d.

    Contestants who do not own bonzai3d, can download the free trial version from HERE>> All models submitted for judging must be created with bonzai3d tagged b3d and uploaded to Shapeways’ site HERE>>

    Winners for the following prizes will be announced September 30, 2009.

    1st Prize   $300 3D print of your model +  form•Z RenderZone Plus -Prize valued at $1,800

    2nd Prize  $200 3D print of your model + bonzai3d – Prize valued at $700

    3rd Prize  $100 3D print of your model + bonzai3d T-shirt – Priceless!

    For more details GO TO>>


    AutoDesSys is dedicated to producing the most advanced tools for all those engaged in the articulation of 3D forms.  It researches and provides the latest technology in the 3D industry and develops cross platform products that support 2D, 3D, photorealistic rendering, and animation.

    Shapeways is a 3D printing and production service that harnesses the power of a global network of 3D production service partners to ensure cost-efficient, reliable manufacturing and order fulfillment of 3D designs starting with custom 3D printing.

    For additional information contact



    bonzai3d 1.1 Released

    July 31, 2009

    Bonzai3d 1.1 fixes a number of irregularities reported by users after the introduction of the application to the 3D industry in mid June, significantly improving stability and overall feature and tool functionality.  Beyond these corrections a few new tools have been added as a prelude to the next major release that will bring dimensioning and photorealistic rendering among other enhancements.  Both bonzai3d 1.1 and the next upgrade are free of charge to all registered users. 


    The new toolset in version 1.1 includes

    Swivel tool a new view tool that navigates the view by changing where you are looking (but not the point from which you look)

    Set View – adds a way to make it easier to navigate around the objects that are being worked on.

    Smooth modeling performance performances of all operations involving smooth objects have been improved across the board.

    User’s manual –over 100 new pages have been added to the manual

    Help and Video access – selecting the Manual item from the menu invoked when right clicking on a too icon, now takes you to the appropriate place in the manual for the tool is discussed. Likewise selecting View Video takes you to the most relevant video for the tool.

    For more details CLICK HERE>>


    Mid-summer Sale - 25% off form•Z RenderZone Plus

    July 24, 2009

    To help out with the economic downturn, AutoDesSys is offering 25% discount on all new licenses of form·Z RenderZone Plus 6.6, and a free upgrade to version 7.0 when it is released during the winter months of 2009/2010. 

    This offer is for new user licenses only. The purchase of additional licenses to an existing form·Z license qualifies for the 25% discount, but not for the free v. 7.0 update.   You may contact a dealer near you or AutoDesSys Sales ( or more information. Take advantage of the 25% discount and order  form•Z RenderZone Plus HERE>>

    Development for form·Z RenderZone Plus 7.0 is in high gear.  AutoDesSys is working on a revamped interface, new tools, and some major enhancements to modeling operations.This is truly the next generation of form·Z.


    bonzai3d for VISIONSELL

    June 29, 2009

    Two brand new products have teamed up to revolutionize the way people buy homes and real estate agents sell them. Transforming Architecture is launching a new concept, VISIONSELL, a product for architects that will facilitate real estate sales by helping buyers visualize how they can turn an "ugly duckling bargain" into their dream home with the help of bonzai3d.  Bonzai3d is the software of choice for VISIONSELL to engage architects with homebuyers. Side by side, the architect can offer design solutions that prospective buyers can see immediately.  These ideas may include an addition, floor plan alteration, or even raising the roof.  The architect helps clients visualize the changes and obtain the necessary information to make an educated buying decision.

    After evaluating several different software applications for the task, Karen Pitsley, AIA, President of Transforming Architecture, and the mastermind behind VISIONSELL, selected bonzai3d, even though she was still working with the beta version.  "The potential was so obvious, it was an easy decision", said Pitsley. On one hand you have an easy to use, yet powerful and robust set of tools that can take you from a quick sketch, all the way to detailed representations, construction drawings, and 3D prints.  On the other hand, you facilitate buyers and sellers, architects and real estate agents.  A win-win situation for all involved. Learn more about how to use bonzai3d in this capacity on YouTube HERE>>


    10 Reasons Why You're Going to Love bonzai3d

    June 17, 2009

    The facts: bonzai3d is a new 3D modeler developed by AutoDesSys for quick, easy, simple, yet robust 3d modeling.  Why bonzai3d might you ask? It is here to fill in the gap for a simple and easy to use application on the fly without restrictive limitations down the road for a dead end!

    The goal is to offer conceptual and sketching stages of design, yet CAD accurate models that can be used further down the production pipeline such as construction drawings, renderings, animation, fabrication, rapid prototyping with 3D printing, or with any application that depends on good clean solid 3D models.

    You can think of bonzai3d as a small and intuitive application, but BIG on features and capabilities it offers. A smart modeler that's constantly thinking behind the scene and anticipates your next move, making decisions for you based on what you are doing and where the cursor is, thus helping speed up the modeling process.

    Out of the hundreds of available features, AutoDesSys has picked 10 to tell why we think users will love and get excited about bonzai3d.  Allow us to engage your attention for a few moments with the countdown (also available online HERE>>):

    #10 bonzai3d offers EASY SCULPTING with
        - Draw and insert on faces
        - Reshape faces
        - Offset faces or segments
        - Done with REAL TIME BOOLEANS

    #9 bonzai3d offers a FLUID, POWERFUL and SMART INTERFACE with
        - Automatic guides
        - Intelligent snapping
        - Speeds up the modeling process

    #8 bonzai3d offers CLASSIC MODELING TOOLS with
            3D walls
            Helix Shapes
            and more...

    #7 bonzai3d offers DEFORMATIONS that work on any solid or surface
        - Twist
        - Bend
        - Bulge
        - Taper

    #6 bonzai3d offers SPECIALTY TOOLS peppered throughout the application
        - The ROOF TOOL  (Create parametric solid roof)
        - The STAIR TOOL (Create parametric solid stairs)
        - The TERRAIN TOOL (Meshed,  Stepped, or Triangulated contours)
        - The SECTION TOOL (Interactively cut sections using real-time Booleans)
        - Generates true solid objects

    #5 bonzai3d offers CONTENT LIBRARY with
        - Trees, Furniture, People
        - Doors and Windows that automatically insert openings
        - Create your own content from any b3d file
        - Or download from 3D Warehouse

    #4 bonzai3d PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
        - 20+ importt/export formats
        - Import aerial sites grom Google Earth
        - Insert models from 3d Warehouse

    #3 bonzai3d offers ADVANCED REAL-TIME RENDERING with
        - 300 materials
        - Live interactive texture mapping

    #2  bonzai3d offers the MATCH VIEW TOOL to
        - Match a bonzai3d model with a background image

    #1 bonzai3d offers ORGANIC FORMS
        - If you are tired of being limited to "boxy" shapes, how about NURBZ modeling
        - Create edit, and sculpt complex forms
    But wait!! There is more! FREE EMBEDDED VIDEO TUTORIALS  make learning bonzai3d a cinch.  

    To watch a demonstration of the above follow this LINK>>

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Easy, Fun, Smart and very Affordable at the introductory price of US $499!  


    bonzai3d RELEASED

    June 11, 2009

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announced the release of bonzai3d, its newest product and contribution to the 3D industry. Bonzai3d is a small, intuitive application with BIG capabilities. The goal is to offer conceptual and sketching stages of design, yet CAD accurate models that can be used further down the project pipeline for  construction drawings, renderings, animation, 3d printing and so much more. 

    Bonzai3d was developed to fill in the gap for an affordable, quick, easy, simple, yet geometrically robust 3D modeler without restrictive limitations that can quickly bog down a project.  It has a fluid, smart interface. It offers easy sculpting with real time booleans and all the classic modeling tools with real time dynamic editing.  The Roof, Stair, Terrain, and Section Tools help architects articulate and communicate their thoughts clearly.  If you are not happy with the boxy look, you can create organic shapes with NURBZ modeling to create, sculpt and edit complex forms.  Bonzai3d also comes with Content Library, 300 Materials, Textures, and 20+ import/export formats. 

    Get more information on bonzai3d, and find out how to obtain it HERE>>


    Predefined Materials Set for form•Z

    May 21, 2009 has updated and enhanced the Predefined Materials Set for form•Z - Industrial Design Series. These materials fit neatly into your Predefined Materials so that they are always at your fingertips without making your file's size larger.  These materials can be used for all kinds of Industrial Design projects such as Exhibits, Stores, Buildings, and Products. There are also many Corians and Wilsonart Solid Surfaces which allow you to quickly view different material combinations and have the name of the material handy.

    You can find the Predefined Materials Set for form•Z HERE>>


    More bonzai3d Impressions

    May 18, 2009

    As more 3d industry analysts and press publish their reports about AIA 2009, and their take on bonzai3d the more positive impressions surface about bonzai3d's tools, power, and capabilities.  Two new reviews by Lachmi Khemlani of AECbytes and Anthony Fausto Robledo of Architosh, reflect the bright future ahead for this new application that left AIA attendees inspired and hopeful at the thought of having an entry level tool they can use as a stepping stone to the next level of their project, whatever it may be, instead of facing a dead end at the end of a day of modeling.  Khemlani opens her section of the overview of the Conceptual Design secion of her AIA 2009 report by saying:  "In the conceptual design space, while Google was there to demonstrate version 7 of SketchUp, it seemed to be over-shadowed by the new bonzai3d from AutoDesSys Inc." (To read the entire article at AECbytes click HERE)

    Robledo sat down with Chris Yessios, president of AutoDesSys, and had a candid talk with him about bonzai3d.  His wrap up of the conversation and the demo he saw at AIA was this: "With a combination of strengths ranging from robust modeling kernel technologies to advantages in modeling creation and editing–to solid strengths in learning the application–bonzai3d is clearly the front-runner rival to Google’s popular SketchUp, and is well worth reviewing for anyone interested in an easy-to-use but powerful modeling application." (You can read the entire article HERE)


    bonzai3d Impressions

    May 8, 2009

    We are getting the first impressions and feedback about bonzai3d from the press at AIA 2009 in San Francisco.  You can read Kenneth Wong's (Desktop Engineering) and Anthony Fausto-Robledo's (Architosh) observations and watch a video by Kenneth following these links:


    bonzai3d Shines at AIA 2009

    May 1, 2009

    Ron Heikes made history by becoming the first user to buy bonzai3d.  He bought the pre-release version that was offered at AIA 2009.  He is pictured with Chris Yessios, President and co-founder of AutoDesSys.  

    AIA attendees were very impressed with bonzai3d.  As time went by and word spread, more and more visitors came to see the latest offering by AutoDesSys.  You could feel the excitement, not only from the visitors, but by the AutoDesSys team in San Francisco that was energized by the warm welcome and the appreciation for its power and the robustness the entry level modeler received.  One attendee, Suad Mahmuljin, could not contain himself and promptly exclaimed: "this is like Sketcup on steroids"!!!!!  Needless to say he also said that he will be buying it as soon as it is released.  

    DOWNLOAD and test drive bonzai3d. 

    Ron Heikes and Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys


    Let There b3d at AIA 2009

    March 17, 2009

    Check out the latest on bonzai3d in San Francisco, April 30 - May 2, at booth 1639, during the AIA 2009 National Convention.  AutoDesSys will be demonstrating its latest product along side form•Z  at the Moscone Convention Center.  You are invited to join the excitement it has generated during the beta testing period. Register for the conference HERE>>


    New bonzai3d Tutorial Videos Released

    March 16, 2009

    Bonzai3d tutorial videos are a great resource to learn this application quickly and easily. More are being released constantly and beta testers have found them invaluable in the learning process. Watch the videos to learn about the features and tools of bonzai3d and how to streamline your 3D productivity simply and powerfully. You can find them HERE>>


    bonzai3d Public Beta Launched

    February 5, 2009

    The much anticipated new 3D modeler, bonzai3d, is now available to download. Find out more details about bonzai3d  at and download your copy HERE

    Bonzai3d is a new 3D modeler developed to fill in the demand for a quick, easy, simple but, most importantly, geometrically robust approach to 3D, based on  design industry essentials and designer requests.

    In many ways, bonzai3d is an offspring of the form•Z experience of the past 20 years.  At the same time, it is a different application with a fresh approach to 3D modeling, aimed at delivering your conceptual design and sketching ideas on the fly while maintaining the option to transform them into accurate and robust models that can be used for construction drawings, can be smoothly rendered, and manufactured. 

    To participate in the forum discussion about bonzai3d CLICK HERE


    form•Z Special Offer

    February 4, 2009

    form•Z RenderZone Plus 6.6 is being offered at 25% discount plus a free update to version 7.0 when it is released.
    For details go HERE>


    form•Z Joint Study Student Awards Announced

    October 17, 2008

    AutoDesSys, Inc. announced the 16th annual student awards, at the annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), held at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. The awards were presented by Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys. Awards of Distinction received a copy of form•Z RenderZone Plus and one thousand US dollars. Honorable Mentions received an annual academic license. Congratulations and prizes were extended to the winners at a dinner that AutoDesSys sponsored for the conference attendees. All of the winning projects can be seen HERE>>

    With an academic program that involves Universities and some High Schools worldwide, AutoDesSys supports and subsidizes the “Joint Study Program” (JSP) to facilitate the teaching of design with digital tools - 3D in particular. Currently in its 17th year, the JSP offers the use of form•Z in academic departments that are interested in educating their students in the articulation of three dimensional forms. The goal of the JSP is twofold: It aims to promote education in 3D modeling and computer enhanced design, and to contribute to the evolution of computer driven design tools.  At the end of each academic year, the faculty members in charge of administering the JSP are invited to submit a report with feedback and samples of student work that are compiled by AutoDesSys into the annual Joint Study Report, aptly named "Partnerships in Learning".  In addition to this, each year, a guest editor invites colleagues from member schools to submit articles for the "Joint Study Journal", a collection of thematic and intellectually stimulating views that present new and challenging ideas in the fields of digital design. Edited and reviewed by prominent members of the global academic community, these articles cover various aspects of digital design and represent the work of faculty, students and researchers in the field. This is inspirational reading for anyone desiring to explore how advanced digital design is influencing the future of architecture as well as other industries engaged in three dimensional expressions. Both the JSP Report (on DVD) and the Journal (in print) are widely distributed in the academic community and form•Z users world wide as well as any others who may be interested in them.  There is no doubt that the form•Z Joint Study Program is unique, contributes to academics in unparalleled  ways, and remains a testament of AutoDesSys' passion for research, development, and its contribution to the advancement of the 3D industry.

    One of the traditions of the JSP is the nomination of student projects for awards that are presented to a distinguished jury comprised of five individuals outside of AutoDesSys, both experts or theorists of computer aided design.  They are charged with selecting the award winners in a setting that does not disclose names of the nominees or school affiliations.  This year the jurors were:

    Craig Beddow, Craig Beddow Design, Architect, Minneapolis, MN
    Beth Blostein, Associate Professor of Architecture, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Robert Brainard, IDSA, RBID, Industrial Designer, Danbury, CT
    Frank Elmer, FAIA, FAICP, Principal, Lincoln Street Studio, Columbus, OH
    Susan Melsop, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Award recipients are selected based on the grading they receive from the jurors in the following categories listed along side the winners’ names.  For a complete and detailed list of the projects with graphic illustrations  VISIT>>

    This year five awards of distinction and six honorable mentions have been granted. The nominated projects were divided in five categories: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Fabrication, Visualization/Illustration, and Animation.

    1. Architectural Design
    Award of Distinction:    Student Name: Farzam Yazdanseta   
                School: University of Maryland
    Honorable Mention:    Student Name: Ben Mokri  
                School: New School of Architecture and Design

    2. Interior Design
    Award of Distinction:    Student Name: Poppy Weston  
                School: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
    Honorable Mention:    Student Name: Rachel Chotin
                School: Rhode Island School of Design
    Honorable Mention:    Student Name: Oriel Poole
                School: Drexel University

    3. Fabrication
    Award of Distinction:    Student Names: Drew Weinheimer, Keith Labutta
                School: Pennsylvania State University
    Honorable Mention:    Student Name: Cheng-Yuan Huang
                School: Tamkang University

    4. Visualization and Illustration
    Award of Distinction:    Student Names: Lauren Segapeli
                School:  Texas Tech University
    Honorable Mention:    Student Name: Marielis Suarez
                School: Rhode Island School of Design

    5. Animation
    Award of Distinction:    Student Name: Sophia Chan
                School: Rhode Island School of Design
    Honorable Mention:    St. Names: Andréanne Houde, Sandie Janelle, Simon             Leclair, Valérie Ouellette, Ralph Potvin
                            School: CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent


    BonZai 3D draws much interest at Siggraph 2008

    August 14, 2008

      A pre-beta version of BonZai 3D, AutoDesSys’ new 3D modeler, was shown at Siggraph, in Los Angeles, August 12-14, 2008, and drew an enthusiastic welcome by both current form.Z users and the general attendee public.  The most common comment heard around the AutoDesSys booth was: "Finally an easy modeler to sketch with, but producing robust models that can export geometry correctly and can even go to fabrication".  Find out the highlights of bonZai 3D HERE>>


    form•Z 6.6 and form.Z RenderZone Plus 6.6 Released

    July 1, 2008

    AutoDesSys is pleased to release update form•Z and form•Z 6.6 and RenderZone Plus 6.6.  This version includes the following improvements.

    Foremost, update 6.6 offers corrections to irregularities reported to AutoDesSys since our previous release and introduces a variety of stability and performance enhancements.  Some of these can be attributed to new and updated versions of the Lightworks libraries for rendering and of the ACIS libraries for smooth modeling. form•Z 6.6 also offers a few new features, mostly in the area of export/import.

    New export/import translators and additions to existing
    Collada (.dae) files can now be imported to and exported from form•Z, using a new translator. Collada can be used to transfer object geometry, textures, and other 3D data.
    Google Earth (.kmz) files with 3D content can now be imported into form•Z and vice versa. Also, Google Earth views can now be created as textured objects directly in form•Z, after they have been captured in Google Earth.
    Google SketchUp (.skp) files can be imported directly into form•Z through a new translator, which includes support for textures that import smoothly into RenderZone Plus.
    The DWG/DXF translator now also supports the 2007/2008 formats and has been updated to support text elements better.
    The ZPR (Zcorp) translator now also supports version 2 of the ZPR file format.

    More tree symbols
    The form•Z tree symbols have been enhanced with over 30 new trees including seasonal variations and palm trees.
    This update is free of charge to all form•Z users who subscribe to the form•Z Family Plan and will be sent to them on a DVD.  Users on version 6.5.6 will also be able to update their software through automatic update.  However, this method will not include the tree libraries. A DVD that contains the update and the tree libraries can be obtained for the cost of processing and shipping for 6.5 users.  ORDER HERE>>


    AutoDesSys previews new 3D modeler, BonZai 3D

    May 15, 2008

    AIA 2008 Convention, Boston - AutoDesSys is pleased to preview BonZai 3D in Booth 22139.

    What is BonZai 3D?
    BonZai 3D is a new 3D modeler developed to fill in the demand for a quick, easy, simple but, most importantly, geometrically robust approach to 3D.  A response to those who wish to express their thoughts graphically in 3D, on the fly, without too much hassle, and then be able to advance to the next level of detailed solid modeling and production, if they wish to do so.

    In many ways, BonZai is an offspring of form•Z.  At the same time, it is a different tool and represents a fresh approach to 3D modeling.  The BonZai tools have resulted from experiences, experiments, research, and user input of the past 15 years.  Its goal is to support the conceptual and sketching stages of design with utmost ease, but also the production of accurate and robust models that can be used for construction drawings, can be smoothly rendered, animated, and fabricated (i.e. printed in 3D).  All this and more at an affordable price.

    You can think of form•Z as the Swiss army knife of 3D modeling and BonZai as a pen knife you carry around to depend on for quick solutions to all kinds of immediate needs.

    Anatomy of Bonzai
    BonZai is the next generation of ease of use, combined with underlying solid modeling, that leads to effective workflow that minimizes input effort while maximizing productivity.  It offers all the basic tools a designer needs to present one’s ideas in a 3D representation. It is built on form•Z’s trademark strengths that include solids and nurbz, multi-platform support, reliable Booleans, import/export file translators, and above all its solid reputation for the mark of excellence in 3D.

    Some of the individual features in BonZai are:
    • Fluid, powerful, and smart interface.
    • All the classic modeling tools (extrusions, sweeps, transformations, etc.).
    • Real time Booleans.
    • NURBS curves and surfaces.
    • Smart 3D drawing.
    • Dynamic graphic editing.
    • Push/Pull tool for easy sculpting and shape editing.
    • Advanced OpenGL rendering with shadows, transparencies, and textures.
    • Graphic texture map editing.
    • Over 200 free materials (texture maps).
    • Content library for trees, furniture, entourage elements.
    • Support of 3D Warehouse.
    • Google Earth and SketchUp file compatibility.
    • Over 30 export/import formats for easy inter-operability.
    • Embedded video tutorials
    When to Expect bonZai 3D?
    What is presented at AIA 2008 - BOOTH #22139 - is a sneak preview of what’s to come in the summer of 2008.  AutoDesSys expects to start public Beta testing soon.


    form•Z User Wins Lightworks Image Competition

    May 14, 2008

    AutoDesSys is very happy to announce that the first Lightwork Design Image Competition award has gone to Paal Reksten of Opus Architects, in Norway.  Congratulations to a long time user of form•Z for his masterful use of the tools in RenderZone.

    According to the Lightwork announcement on its web site, "There was a fantastic response, with entries submitted from across the globe, created using a broad variety of different LightWorks-based applications and illustrating a range of different sectors."  Several entries came from form.Z users. You can see the winning entry and submissions  here>>


    Webcast: Modeling for 3D printing

    May 13, 2008

    This webcast hosted by Z Corp, describes tools in form•Z that help create models targeted for 3D printing, adding relief to surfaces and cleaning up data for dependable exporting with ZPR files, including textures.   You can see a Displacement tutorial and project examples, review 3DPrinting related tools such as Doctor, 3DPrint, Attributes Display resolution, etc. To link to the webcast click here>>


    New DXF/DWG Beta Plugin

    March 14, 2008

    A new form•Z DXF/DWG (beta 1) translator is available. This updated plugin adds support for the DWG 2007/2008 format and includes export of DWG materials. There are also a number of improvements in the handling of text elements. This plugin is compatible with any version of form•Z 6.5. It is available to all registered form•Z and form•Z RenderZone Plus v6.5 users. Download >>


    form•Z Joint Study Journal Published

    March 14, 2008

    The Joint Study Journal is a collection of academic articles that deal with practical and philosophical issues relating to 3D design, that pre-occupy faculty, students, and researchers. The title of the 2007 Journal is "Digital Intentions, Explorations, and Accidents." The guest editor is Andrzej Zarzycki, Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. View JS Journal>>


    Patch 6.5.6 released

    March 13, 2008

    Version 6.5.6 offers corrections to irregularities reported since the previous update.  Users running version 6.5 will be patched automatically once they respond to respective prompts. The patch may also be applied manually after downloading it by clicking here>>


    Version 6.5.4 released

    November 14, 2007

    Version 6.5.4 offers corrections to reported irregularities and is also the first release of form·Z RenderZone Plus in Japanese. This is one more localization in addition to German, Spanish, Italian and Korean. A 6.5.4 patch has also been made available. Get more information on how to patch your 6.5 license by clicking here.


    2007 Joint Study Award Winners

    October 24, 2007

    Left to right: Arturo Nunez, Pawel Ostrokowski, Julie Barghout, Juan Calderon, Ming-Chieh Chen, Bridgett Hyde, Natalie Dibenedetto, Chris Yessios (president of AutoDesSys)

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the 15th annual form·Z Joint Study Awards, presented to deserving students during the ACADIA Conference that took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 4-6, 2007, and hosted by Dalhousie University School of Architecture and NSCAD University. To learn more about the form·Z Joint Study Program and see the projects that won the awards please CLICK HERE.


    New Pylon Plugins

    October 3, 2007

    AutoDesSys is pleased to welcome the release of a new collection of plugins for form•Z: the Views + Navigation Collection from Pylon Technical, the second set from this developer. This collection introduces 5 plugins designed to boost productivity and optimize the form•Z workflow. Featured highlights include: easy sectioning of large architectural models and mechanical assemblies, moving and scaling underlays interactively, enhanced grid management, and more. Full descriptions of these plugins, including comprehensive video demonstrations and user manuals, can be found at:


    form.Z SketchUp Plugin Beta released

    September 21, 2007

    form.Z SketchUp Plugin (beta 1) is a new plugin that imports data from SkecthUp files (.skp) and is now available to all registered form.Z and form.Z RenderZone Plus v6.5 users to test. It can be downloaded from here.


    Version 6.5.2 released

    September 20, 2007

    Version 6.5.2 is the first release of formZ 6.5 and RenderZone Plus software in German, Spanish, Italian, and Korean. A patch for 6.5.2 has also been released. Get additional information and how to patch your 6.5 license by clicking here.


    New how-to form.Z videos released

    September 20, 2007

    Take a look at the underwater animation and find out how each object in the scene was modeled.  Find out how easily and simply the scene on the ocean floor can be created, rendered and animated. Learn how to model the architecture of ruins, including the capitals of Corinthian, Doric, and Ionian style columns, a variety of sea creatures and other objects you may find on the ocean floor such as an anchor or a shell! It's can all be found by clicking here.


    3D printing video

    September 20, 2007

    Ever wondered how to prepare a model for 3D printing? Watch the video that examines the basics of getting an object ready for the task. See examples that were output in color with textures. Please click here to learn more.


    form•Z used to design ships in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean

    August 5, 2007

    In an article titled "Ship Shape", in the Computer Graphics World Magazine, Karen Moltenbrey describes the process used to design and build six full size ships that graced the big screen. Find out how the art directors relied on form·Z to get this monumental task accomplished. Click here to read the article.


    form·Z 6.5 and RenderZone Plus Released

    June 26, 2007

    AutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of form•Z 6.5 and a new rendering application. RenderZone Plus offers an uncomplicated approach to powerful results that enrich 3D modeling for presentations, visualization, and animation. To learn more about these products click here.


    Bundle with Maxwell Renderer Announced

    June 26, 2007

    AutoDesSys and Next Limit Technologies ( have teamed to offer form•Z RenderZone Plus users a special discount for Maxwell Renderer. For a limited time, through the end of September 2007, RenderZone Plus users can buy Maxwell at a special price. To order contact or your local form•Z dealer.


    One More Time

    May 24, 2007

    form·Z Joint Study Award Winners featured in Architecture Week for also winning the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's competition for a million square foot design of an airport using form·Z and other digital tools. To read more, Click Here. To see the complete 2005-2006 form·Z Joint Study report, Click Here.


    An Interview with Christos Yessios

    May 24, 2007

    Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys, was recently interviewed by Franco Folini of Novedge. To read the interview,  please feel free to  Click Here.


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