Early experiments with Blender 3D

It was in the year 2009 that Mrs. Vijayalakshmi (Project Manager, KReSIT, IITBombay) introduced some students from DJSCOE, Mumbai. They wanted to a project in animation. I wanted to check if they were serious, therefore, I asked them to explore Blender (Free 3D animation tool) and meet me after a week.

I was pleasantly surprised to see them back, and with some promising work. They were Karan, Gokul and Priyam. I was also surprised by two more sophomores who joined them in this mission(!!), Chirag and Nitin! We decided to go ahead, and picked up a relatively easy (only later that we realized, that it was quite complex!!) topic of ammonia fountain experiment.

We had a working script, and the shots were divided accordingly. One day a week (I think it was a Thursday), the students used to come to IIT Bombay, and spend time in creating the models, and animating them. My team member, Bhairav used to be there for some of the issues. Together we came up with a video of this experiment (see the video below). The task involved numerous hours of rendering (which was pretty slow), which we had to distribute the frames on multiple computers through out the night!! These students would invariably having a night out on the campus, and we explored all the late night food joints that time!! One of the most memorable is the Aamras in Hostel 2, which we had at midnight!!

Finally the rendering was done, and we completed the edited video of the experiment. Although it looks quite rudimentary now, it was our first step towards successful application of Blender in creating educational content!!! Have a look:

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  1. It is a pleasant . Surprise. Thanks for remembering . Yes I too recall all the blend discussions and the students who worked on the projects and animations and your tutorials.
    Best wishes.
    Vijaya

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    1. Off course I do! In fact Sridhar Sir always has one criterion for his PhD students, that they have to pick up a new skill during PhD. I am glad I chose Blender!! BTW, I just saw that the Blender tutorials on Spoken-Tutorials website have been used to conduct 458 workshops, training 18000 students!!!!

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