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Tufts University Online Blender Course


tufts_wordmark.gifNeal Hirsig, a professor at the prestigious Tufts University, has created an online course to teach students to use Blender. The course is available to all for free on Hirsig's website.

The course is made up of a variety of elements, including PDFs and a number of interspersed videotutorials. It also contains a number of projects to complete to assist in your learning experience. In Hirsig's words, it is "an introductory course, it [providing]a basic understanding of the skills and techniques employed by 3-D designers in a wide range of applications. [It explores] basic mesh modeling, applying textures and materials to 3-D objects, lighting, animation and rendering . . . [providing]a good basis for further independent study in architectural, engineering and theatrical modeling and game design. "


  1. All the videos are now also in .mov format and ready for blender 2.45.

    Outstanding. I know what i'll be watching during the holidays.

  2. nice work niels, u seem to cover quite a bit of ground in your tuts, put I just had problem viewing them it u put 2 options of vieuwing them as mov and as real???
    why not normal mpg or divx that can be played by all computers and not just macs?
    Maybe its still not too late to change one of the mov to mpg. just my 2c.

  3. I applaud the efforts of the professor, however there are a few errors on the system requirements page.

    He states blender requires a 3 button mouse, which is not true. I use a pen tablet and can access all of the equivalent functions by using the modifier keys on the keyboard.

    Also, he states that Blender is written in Python, which is false.

    Minor points, but they should be corrected.

  4. This is a great link for learning Blender. My students have used it and it has hooked a lot of them to 3D design. But, this note is for blendernation, are you missing stories for your site? This web site was already talked about a year or 2 ago.

  5. QUOTE:
    The following are minimal hardware requirements:
    500 MHz CPU
    256 MB Ram
    150 MB free hard disk space
    1024 x 768 px. Display with 24 bit color

    Darn! I just miss out by over 100MB Ram. Oh, and the HD space too. Oh, also on the MHz CPU :(


  6. This is cool! It's got almost (I think) everything covered. It's well organized in outline form. Much like the blenderwiki complete with videos and tutorials. Great work! :)

  7. Hi, I have tried again with Netscape 7.1, and it is OK, but the links are all dead under Internet Explorer. Very Weird.

    This said, the site is impressive and there are a lot of interesting things on it. A really big work has been done. Thank you a lot !


  8. has anyone found info as to the difference between his earlier material and the material for v2.45?

    happy holidays! peace & 42

  9. great tutorials.. cant wait for the tuts for intermediate.. but the physics panel is different in 2.46 version.. anyone know how to use object as particles in the new version.. also anyone knows how to create long flowing hair..

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