3d modeling

Dev proves you can do 3D modeling with Raspberry Pi

(Image credit: Game Dev Academy/YouTube)

Raspberry Pi projects are more about what you can do with a Pi, not what you should be doing. Earlier this week, Shane with YouTube channel Game Dev Academy pushed the Raspberry Pi to its limits by using it for 3D modeling with Blender.

Don’t get too excited. A Raspberry Pi is far from the ideal 3D modeling computer. You’re always better off running Blender on a more capable desktop. But this developer showed that Blender on Pi was at least possible.

This project was inspired by necessity (like most Pi projects). Shane said he was working on a new tutorial when his graphics card failed. Instead of rushing out and buying a new graphics card, he set out to see if a Pi could do the job.

Blender doesn’t require a lot of hardware. Shane decided to use version 2.79, which requires 4 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor with a clock speed of at least 2 GHz. However, it is recommended to use 16 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. Shane chose to use a 2GB Raspberry Pi 4, which has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor.

Configure Blender on Raspberry Pi

Getting Blender to work on the Raspberry Pi seemed pretty easy, from what the Game Dev Academy video showed us.

You will need a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian installed. Shane searched for Blender in the Add/Remove Software window to get the Blender 2.79 package.

Once installed, Blender was launched and Shane demonstrated its capabilities with a time-lapse video. The biggest downside came with rendering, which took significantly longer on a Raspberry Pi than on a desktop.

If you want to see more of Shane’s work, check out Game Development Academy on YouTube for more 3D modeling projects and tutorials.