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I have been using Blender for a few months for animation and game development and am well versed with python scripting used in blender too. I am a 3rd year engineering student and was thinking to make my final year project using Blender.

What all are the things exactly that Blender is capable of doing? Can I make something useful(not recreational projects like games or animations) with Blender?

Thanks in advance! :)

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  • $\begingroup$ You could do something practical. Like, write a plug in. I could realy use a comic book plug in. Something that help comic people create comics. So, things like building a character, posing tools and finally a panel maker for pages so poses can be done in each panel. After that, an a page exporter so that can be used as a reference for inking the page! Love to see that plug in. The reality is Blender does all this it's just a matter of making a work flow quicker by integrating into a plug in. $\endgroup$ – Jordan Evans Jan 24 '17 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ Take a look at Blender's features page. $\endgroup$ – Scott Milner Jan 24 '17 at 3:34
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    $\begingroup$ This appears pretty broad. It might be useful to at least specify what kind of engineering you are doing and ask how blender can be used in that field. $\endgroup$ – Sazerac Jan 24 '17 at 3:47
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Blender can be used for geometry creation and visualization. The geometry can be manually entered or imported and manipulated using Python. Using Python, blender can interact with data in the real world. The cycles rendering engine implements ray tracing and can replicate optical behavior. There are several built in simulators, however they are intended for animation, not engineering. There are two different fluid simulators (Lattice-Boltzmann and SPH). There is a solid body simulator that includes mechanical constraints. The scripting capabilities make it straight forward to couple other simulations to Blender. Since Blender is open source you can access the source code and extend the built in simulators. From these basic capabilities many different engineering things can be done. The list below shows some places to look for ideas. Good luck!

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    $\begingroup$ All of the above, but the most useful application of blender is creativity $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jan 24 '17 at 5:17
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for all the links to invaluable information. $\endgroup$ – Rita Geraghty stands by Monica Apr 25 '19 at 12:14

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