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Add-on: Simple Material Replacement


Martin Olanders writes:

3D objects in visualized constructions are often created from 3D Cad. These 3D objects usually consist of copies of a number of basic details used to build a machine or construction. When exporting and importing from 3D cad to the visualization environment, duplicates of in-depth details are created, such as screws, nuts, plates, and more. This is done because a single detail in the 3D cad can be represented by the same detail but that it is located in several different places. In the visualization programs, the same detail must be created for each location where it is actually located. This creates an incredible amount of 3D objects / details.

Placing the right material in the visualization program on all of these items / details is a time-consuming job. Some details can also be removed, which will not be shown in the image.
With the Addon Simple Material Replacement, I have automated this process. This addon reads the name of each imported object / detail in Blender and sets the correct material next to a previously created database. There is also an option to highlight the details that can be deleted to speed up the rendering time in the program.

About the Author

Martin Olanders

I have used Blender since 2007. Today I work as both employed and freelance using Blender. I have made pictures and animation for everything from farm machinery to the space industry. With a background as a designer, I have 18 years of experience from the development of different machine designs in both 2D and 3D cad tools. Since then I have also started doing renderings with Blender. Therefore, I have a unique knowledge from both construction and 3D visualization and also an understanding of the various problems encountered when these two worlds meet. Recently I have also started doing some addons in Blender for functions that I myself needed.


  1. Starting today, until next Monday (2017-08-21), the price of Simple Material Replacement Addon will be lowered. Regular price after Monday will be 16$ for the simple version and 22$ for PRO version. Until then, the price is 14$ for the simple version and 19$ for the PRO version. //Martin

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