I saw from Peter’s posting that Blender got one of the “top 10 open
source projects” awards on opensource.com
this year. And they had their
Blender Conference 2015 about a month ago.
A couple of notable related articles I found on opensource.com
“Teaching Teens 3D Animation With Blender”
where this nonprofit called 3Dami offers a free, intensive 7-day course
to selected students. Quote on the (much-maligned) Blender interface:
Many do prefer to use Blender outside our events. Once you have got
over the bump of its interface being different to other software,
you soon learn just how insanely fast it is—its interface is
different for a very good reason, and its hard to accept the slow
down of using other software. Some students actually learn that
lesson during our event: More than a few have turned up moaning
that we aren't using a certain piece of software beginning with
"M," but they usually get why we use Blender by the time they leave.
I do know that one of our students is making money using Blender,
and I expect others to join them given time.
Another one, relevant to a University research setting, is “Visualize
Astrophysics Data With Blender”
Besides Blender, this also builds on a Python-based astrophysics
simulation framework called “yt”.
(Aside: the more we become accustomed to being able to use keyword
searches to find everything online, the more annoyed some of us become
with short names that are hard to search for. Is this good or bad?
I suspect there are bits there that could be adapted to other kinds of
More presentations to see here: