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Home Page: http://www.formz.com/

Download Page: http://www.formz.com/downloads/demo_log_in.html

form·Z is an award winning general purpose solid and surface modeler with an extensive set of 2D/3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities, many of which are unique. It is an effective design tool for architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, animators and illustrators, industrial and interior designers, and all design fields that deal with the articulation of 3D spaces and forms. form·Z is highly responsive to the needs of mature designers and, at the same time, novices can use it with ease.

General Associations
2D (7), 3D (10), 3D design (1), Design (3), Graphics (12), Industrial Design (2), Modeling (3), animation (6), animator (1), architect (1), architecture (2), drafting (2), engineering (1), illustrator (1), industrial (1), interior (1), interior design (1), landscape (1), modeler (1), rendering (4), sculptor (1), scuplting (1), walk through (1)

Cost

As of 06-27-09, FormZ is only available for purchase through Third-party vendors, such as formZChicago.com. A trial version is downloadable for free. Educational pricing is also available.

More third-party pricing.

Features

  • It is a general purpose modeler that designers from a variety of different fields can use to create and visualize 3D forms.
  • It combines solids and surface modeling. It also combines faceted (boundary) representations with parametric spline representations, NURBS, patches, and metaballs. This unique mixture of modeling personalities allows you to create any form, existing or imaginary, while working in a single package. 
  • It is a design oriented program that, not only allows you to visualize existing forms, but also to create new ones, which remain soft and tentative while they are generated. form•Z is above all a 3D form synthesizer. 
  • For more detailed description of features, go to: 

http://www.formz.com/products/formz/introduction.html 

Version and Plans

As of 06-27-09, the current version is 6.0.

Interface Languages
English (416)

Reviews

. (last updated July 2, 2009)

Mick Abbott, February 07, 2000: link

<unknown author>, 02/16/2007: link

cnet, 3 stars: link 

Technical Details

scriptable with FSL.

UVa Support

The Digital Media Lab (DML) offers training in FormZ. For more information, contact Will Rourk.

Developer Resources

FormZ work opportunities

Discussion Forums / User Groups

FormZ Forum

Tutorials/Training

The Digital Media Lab (DML) teaches formZ.

University of Michican FormZ tutorials.

Surf and Learn tutorials

FormZ Videos.