bonzai3d – Sketch example : an architectural design exploration

Watch this recorded webinar as we create an architectural building using bonzai3d as a conceptual design tool, highlighting the fluid workflow and 3d sketching capabilities of the program.
You will experience :
– 3D sketching : Watch as we create 3d forms to sculpt the basic design of a building.
– Flexibility : See how bonzai3d uses parametric objects to easily explore design variations.
– Solid modeling : See how bonzai3d’s real time booleans give you powerful sculpting tools without sacrificing the integrity of the model.
– Accuracy : Learn how to use guides, grid and object snaps to help you work both fluently and accurately at the same time.
– Complex geometry : Experience how easy it is in bonzai3d to create even challenging geometric forms.
– Interactive Sections : See how live clipping planes allow you to peek inside your model and produce live sections.
– Texturing : Observe how realistic materials can be quickly applied and dynamically positioned on any shape.

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  1. Farhan Azam
    February 5, 2012

    well! I like all this . Nice sketching dude!

  2. Farhan Azam
    February 5, 2012

    I m have interest in Architectural profession.

  3. zuxel6
    April 11, 2012

    good! but interface not clean and simple

  4. bonzai3dSoftware
    July 2, 2012


    Yes, thanks for your suggestion, we will see what we can do. 🙂

    In case you haven't found them yet, we have other "faster paced" webinar replays which you can find at:


  5. Martijn Fleurkens
    March 26, 2013

    Which program do you use?

  6. bonzai3dSoftware
    March 26, 2013

    This software is bonzai3d, and you can find more information at bonzai3d (dot) com. It is the intermediate version of formZ which now has the same interface as bonzai3d plus a lot more tools. Both programs have free Student versions that you can sign up for from the Academic: Student Licenses section of our web site. Professional users can also get a fully functioning 30 day trial, so why not give it a try today, and unleash your creativity!

  7. jetsonjoe
    March 29, 2013

    I wish Bonzai3D had a better marketing team…its ecosystem is almost non existent…definitely a reason NOT TO BUY!

  8. bonzai3dSoftware
    April 1, 2013


    We tend to concentrate on developing quality products rather than over-hyped marketing of a lesser solution. We are not sure why marketing affects your decision to use a product more than the capabilities of the product itself. Interestingly these videos are part of the products marketing so the fact that you visited this page and watched the video tells us that it was in fact effective. Regardless we appreciate all feedback and will take this into consideration going forward.

  9. jetsonjoe
    April 5, 2013

    oh I definitely agree…Bonzai3D is the better product all round. I mean that the marketing or media attention the other program gets is unbelievable compared to Bonzai3d.
    Maybe one needs to spend more time with it…Thanks

  10. KesselRunHero
    April 24, 2013

    Hi, I am trying to figure out how to model arches in a wall, imagine an arched arcade or porch with arched openings punched in a wall- i am having a hard time figuring this out- are there any tutorials that show a method for this?

  11. formz3D
    April 24, 2013

    Hi Arcbc33,

    Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to simply draw the desired 2d (closed) shape, extrude it, and move it so it intersects the wall where you want the hole. Then do a Boolean Difference to subtract that shape from the wall. You can also create your own custom windows that will insert the hole automatically. Right click on the Create Window / Door tool and choose Video for more info on this, and / or email support (at) bonzai3d (dot) com for more info!

  12. KesselRunHero
    April 24, 2013

    Whenever i try to create a 2d arch I am not able to use Difference, as after i create the arch and select difference there is a red circle with a cross through it when i hover over the arch? I am very confused by this- I am sure it is simple once i figure it out?? seems like it should be easy but its just not happening- I will try doing it as a window and see if that works- although i dont want to look like a window just an opening with nothing in it.

  13. KesselRunHero
    April 24, 2013

    I figured this out, the key is to triple click on the last click of creating the arch to close the shape, then you can use Bolean Difference, it seems that if you don't triple click- the shape remains open and can't be differences- thanks

  14. formz3D
    April 24, 2013

    Hi arcbc33,

    Yes, Triple Clicking, Double clicking on the first point, or pressing the letter C while drawing a polyline will Close it.
    We generally don't do tech support on our YouTube channel, so if you have any further questions, please EMAIL: support (at) bonzai3d (dot) com so we can help!

  15. Vanastarr
    August 5, 2013

    I see no reason to use this over sketchup from this video

  16. bonzai3dSoftware
    August 5, 2013

    Hi Vanastarr,

    Bonzai3d offers many more tools beyond what SketchUp has, including Solid Modeling, Smooth Geometry, NURBS, and much more. Check out the other videos we have on our channel and you should soon see the difference!

    Bonzai3d also creates nice clean geometry without crossing or missing faces, so the models created in bonzai3d can easily be used for rapid prototyping & much much more.

    Give it a try and you will see why so many SkechUp users have switched to bonzai3d!

  17. DukeLaCrosse20
    February 26, 2014

    +Vanastarr I believe I see a few things in this demo which would be quite difficult to do with Sketchup (at least the free version I am familiar with).  It would be very good to have a video which does a side-by-side demo and demonstrates the features of bonzai which are difficult, if not impossible, to do with sketchup.

  18. Merrick Fisher
    April 22, 2014

     For some reason I am having a difficult time grabbing just one line or segment, whenever I try to with the select tool it selects the whole thing! How can I fix this
    thank you!

  19. Neslson Mendela
    August 28, 2014

    I'll be an architect when I finish college

  20. saleem ullah saleem
    October 16, 2015

    how can i download it /.

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