And you, how do you use your Sweet Home 3D? Episode 25

Gerardo Ascoli contacted us to present the projects designed by his students with Sweet Home 3D. He is a teacher in the “Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore Luigi Einaudi”, an Artistic / Economics / Technological high school in Magenta (close to Milan in Italy). He published the projects of his students in the Gallery of the school. We were very impressed by the very good results obtained by these young students, the originality of their subjects and the Italian flavour of these images. Surely, Gerardo can be proud of them! Curious to know more, we asked him a few questions.

A swimming pool, also presented on YouTube

– What do you teach?

The course is called CAT, Environment and Territories Construction, ex Surveyor. I am a technical and practical teacher (I am both an electronic engineer and a surveyor) and I follow the students in various subjects: Construction, design, topography, economics. I started using Sweet Home 3D because in a previous work experience (when I was working as an electronic engineer), I was involved in home automation (2010) and I needed a software to make 3D plants to use for touchscreens.

A very nice hotel, also presented on YouTube

 – How old are your students? What do they study?

Students are aged between 17 and 19 years old. They attend in this course during 5 years. In my institute we start to study 3D drawing from the fourth year, but it is especially during the fifth year that students exploit their aptitudes.


– The originality and diversity of the projects is really remarkable. Who choose these themes?

The fifth-year students are asked to create their own project (swimming pool, hotel, bed and breakfast, car dealership, school, etc.) pratically realizing what they studied. Each student chooses the subject independently.

Mountain refuge

– How many hours did they spend on them?

I find it difficult to quantify the hours dedicated to the realization of their project, as everything depends on the complexity of what they choose. Certainly a good project is obtained by using more than 30 hours. To make a good project, the choice of textures is very important. The thing that most impresses me about my students is the care of the smallest details (e.g. various electrical sockets or different object in kitchen such as pots, bottles, etc.). I want to add a consideration: when creating a 3D project, we often lose track of time. Me too, I spend many hours without realizing how quickly time passes while using the program. I think the same thing happens to the guys too, who prefer to spend hours drawing a project in 3D rather than studying.

Castle hotel

– What kind of modeling process do you use? What is the part of Sweet Home 3D and other software in the projects?

The first phase is the design with Autocad: the boys realize plans, elevations and sections. Then between April and May, they can try to represent the project in 3D. Students are given marks on the completed project, which is often accompanied by a report, which also specifies the materials used.

A chapel, also presented on YouTube with Lumion 4

– Why do you use Sweet Home 3D instead of more professional software?

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