Before the experience, what did you think would happen?
I thought that I would simply model a Goat for a few weeks, make a few renderings and get my capstone over with. I saw it as a good way to do something I enjoy and check a graduation requirement off the list. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would and made many more renderings than I expected to.
What did you expect to gain from an educational Standpoint?
I expected to learn new modeling techniques to help me model modern cars (something I struggled with for several years) and learn more about rendering. The skills that I have learned from 3D modeling in my free time have helped me immensely with the 3D modeling programs we use in engineering classes (Autodesk Inventor).
What new knowledge did you hope to gain from this experience?
By having a set deadline and somebody actively following the progress of my work, I expected to learn how to model faster than with my previous models which often took two months of work to create. The time I saved during modeling was canceled out, however, with the amount of time spent rendering.
What new relationships did you gain from this experience?
Before I started, I knew Mr. Armelie fairly well since I had been in some engineering classes and the engineering club since freshman year, but by being able to speak with him as more of a peer than a teacher about his car everyday, I now know him much better.
How did you think you would benefit from your involvement?
I thought that I would benefit from learning new modeling techniques, such as smoothing the normals of the faces by reducing the number of edges in a curve, and learning new rendering techniques, such as creating a more realistic looking light with less actual light.
The diagonal line running through the door and the vertical edge running up the right of the door show where the normals do not line up properly. These are caused by irregular edges in the model
The rendering of the GTO (black car) has more realistic looking headlights than the Traction Avant's (tan car)