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(EN) PARTcloud.net member: Martin Boillat

  • We would like to introduce our most active members on PARTcloud.net every two weeks. The goal is to find out more about them, but also to show our appreciation for their contribution.

    April 2018: Martin Boillat






    1. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your background?

    I am a French student (mechanical engineering) and I am 21 years old. I like to imagine what the future could look like! I have also been into drawing, painting and writing for the past several years. I also often get new ideas, which sometimes end up being a new model.


    2. What software(s) do you use?

    I have been a Catia V5 user for a long time, which I still use for a lot of my models, but I have also been looking towards SolidWorks recently, so I like to use it from time to time. I also use Keyshot 6 for rendering when SolidWorks renderings do not please my expectations.


    3. When and how did you start with 3D modeling and what was your first model?

    I started 3D modeling for my studies, then as a training, but ended up really liking it and started to make new things out of it. My first model was an industrial mixer done as a school project.

    Not really impressive, but I still like it!


    4. What are your favorite modeling subjects/themes?

    I really like industrial subjects, especially modeling products for start-ups and improving them. I do not enjoy modeling objects which already exist. Creating is so much more interesting!


    5. Are you also into 3D printing?

    I have used 3D printers for some projects, like miniature car tires for grade-schoolers or replacement parts for things I broke in my car! J It is an interesting technology, but it is still limited (slow, expensive for occasional use). Maybe I will use it more in the future, as I have a project to make: a futuristic robotic sculpture!


    6. Is there any specific 3D model that you are proud of and why?

    I have made a lot of conceptual planes, but the “Neo-Raptor” is my favorite model so far! I have put a lot of work into the shapes and textures, and even made CFD analysis to have an idea on how it would perform in standard flying conditions. I have this dream to be able to build it in a real life one day and maybe even to fly with it!




    7. What was the most challenging project you have done?

    I made a whole cement preheating tower plant for a French company last year. It was very challenging, because I was basically working alone on this project, so I had to make all the required calculations and dimensions by myself. The whole tower is supposed to be around 40 meters high and maybe it will be built soon. That would make me very proud if everything works as planned!


    8. As one of our most active members on PARTcloud.net, what do you find so attractive about it?

    I first came for the 3D modeling contests, thinking it would be great to do what I love and win prizes for it. Then, more people started joining in, I got a lot of positive feedback for my ideas. I was hooked by the great community and regular challenges, even if I sometimes lack the time required to make a good model and participate.


    9. What features in PARTcommunity/PARTcloud would you like to see in the future?

    The website is great so far, but as a regular model uploader, I would love to have the possibility to upload multiple images at once, and rearrange their order after upload. That would be a great improvement for my upload routine!


    10. Do you have any other hobbies?

    Oh, yes! I have so many hobbies! First, I’m writing a lot of poetry, for which I got a national prize last year (ended up second out of more than 4000 participants!). I also read a lot, from science fiction to technical and philosophy books. On top of that, I really enjoy being outdoor (biking, walking in the forest and running) and getting inspiration for new mechanical engineering and architecture projects (another passion of mine).


    11. Do you have any goals for the future regarding 3D modeling?

    I am planning to become better at modeling, so I can start making some models with a higher level of complexity. I would also like to learn Blender in the future, so making organic shapes would be much more easier!


    12. What advise would you give to beginners?

    Don’t count your hours when practicing modeling! It can be very hard at first, especially if you never used 3D modeling software before, but the more you practice - the more you can unleash your creative potential!

    I believe that everyone can contribute to a society to some extent or in this case, to the modeling community here on PARTcommunity/PARTcloud. You just have to get started!