Future of 3D Visuals

May 25, 2021

The advancement in 3D visualization and simulation technologies has been growing at an exponential rate since the ’90s. The rise of technology has accelerated innovation and this is evident in the evolution of the 3D visualization tools available in the market. When 3D visualization was first introduced in the ’90s, it enamoured the world by its capability of producing line drawings. The ability to produce 2D drawings have now progressed to producing photorealistic virtual images or even hyper-realistic videos and VR 360s. 

Every business in this day and age benefits from using 3D visualization tools. In the AEC industry, we have seen error minimization in the construction process with the use of 3D renderings, VRs, virtual videos and other 3D visuals. The architecture, engineering and construction industry has become more efficient and competitive, courtesy of the advanced CGI technologies.

The latest trends in the architectural visualization industry that are progressing are Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Real-Time Rendering, Cloud Computing, Quantum Computing, 3D Printing, etc. These are not new technologies but are becoming more ubiquitous and hence more accessible to the lay consumer. 

Architects and Designers are now engaging in Virtual Reality, which has changed the design and construction industry significantly.  3D artists are now using this tool to customize pre-rendered experiences, allowing clients and developers to actually walk into the proposed design. A step higher than VR would be Augmented Reality (AR) technology which overlays visual content over the real world. Augmented Reality is explored with handheld devices equipped with AR technology, and AR goggles which showcase a project to clients like never before, leaving no questions unanswered. 

Rendering artists are using real-time rendering in creating virtual experiences that let people inhabit an unbuilt work of art or architecture. When combining this technology with VR, one can see how powerful and vital bringing this level of immersion can be. The increase in accessibility to cloud computing has led 3D Visualizers to be more efficient, taking the technology one step further with quantum computing. Although years away from being used, these could provide viable solutions for 3D Render artists which will further impact the AEC Industry. 

3D printing technology has broken barriers allowing designers to move away from the laborious task of creating the physical model. The 3D printing industry is becoming more cost-effective and easier to use, encouraging the use of it to become more integrated to the rest of the 3D imaging world. Designers now use 3D printers as a means to create presentation-level models. Printing out several versions of design models provides the designer with a fresh perspective on what they've only seen illustrated on a computer screen. It results in better designs and effective communication between the client and the designer.

Inevitably, there will be a revolutionary piece of software or a cutting-edge piece of technology that will keep changing the 3D Visualization industry. Quickviz continues to be up to date with all the latest trends to enhance our client’s needs and better represent their vision. Email us at to be part of our Quickviz family and keep up to date with the latest news on 3D visualization.

Until next month!


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