Imagine the unspeakable horror of creating documents using only HTML. Instead of a formatting bar or handy shortcut key combos, your workday would be an 8-hour nightmare of angle brackets, every paragraph bookended with a <p> and </p>, every item in a numbered list choked by a <ul> and </ul>.
For some time, this kind of manual-intensive work defined the world of 3D content creation. That is until companies like Unity and Unreal realized time is money and invested energy into developing powerful game engines, analogous to beloved word processors.
Since their inception, game engines have revolutionized 3D design. As Electronic Arts told the Wall Street Journal in 2016, when they revamped their FIFA 17 game with new and improved features they simply “borrowed” from a completely unrelated game involving dragons rather than lifting and shifting the code. Otherwise, their executive vice president reported, it “would’ve taken us three times the effort” to complete.
Much like military technology filters its way into other industries (think microwaves and duct tape), 3D technology is travelling into various sectors. Engineers, architects, construction firms, automakers, and more can create real-time 3D content using Unity and Unreal Engine. To sweeten the deal, there’s a treasure trove of online resources available to help them get started.