I would like to recommend free MATLAB based software that implements a new visualization technique for polyhedra. It is called "boundary interval method", and its primary purpose is to depict polyhedra determined by inequality systems, i.e. exactly your problem. The link to the relevant web-page is
http://www.nsc.ru/interval/sharaya/index.html#codes and ...
Quite a steep learning curve and probably overkill but you could use Blender 3D to first model your car, (there may already be a model out there that someone else has done and released into the public domain), then apply various colour schemes to the model.
You have to learn to use it and to 3D model
You may well get hooked
allows me to create simple 3D shapes
The simple shapes I have in mind are specifically Sphere, Box and Cylinder/Pipe.
has built-in shapes for plane, cube, cylinder, circle, sphere, cone and torus
different lighting conditions
and you can use point lamps, spots, suns, hemispheres and area lights. For even more realistic lighting, you ...
There are a lot of free tutorials and the software itself is free too.
This is quite a workflow but all free software, I think that just about all of it is available as a default in ArcheOS:
Process the images to detect the points into a cloud - Python Photogrammetry Toolbox and GUI. (Available for Linux or Windows - some Windows installation instructions here) or VSFM.
Use MeshLab to get rid of spurious points and generate ...
There is an Open Source project that has made a start on exactly what you are looking for within the Blender 3D modelling tool kit.
You can read about the muscle simulator, (so far), here.
Blender itself is:
Free, Gratis & Open Source & Cross Platform
Offers full photo-realistic rendering
Can produce animations & movies
Has a physics engine ...
I don't think that either MapServer or GeoServer will be able to handle large point cloud datasets, though they can both use PostgreSQL/PostGIS as a data source. If you want some open source software to provide a web service (this is what software like MapServer or GeoServer do) then your only choice as far as I know is Rasdaman/Petascope; where Rasdaman is ...
There is Mandelbulb.
it is free
is available for Windows and Mac
renders awesome 3D fractals
I'm not very familiar with it yet, but here's an example created by me:
There are of course better examples online made by artists who are more familiar with it.
The best answer is Blender 3D:
it can do all that you need and more
Free, Gratis & Open Source
Full 3-D modelling up to photo-realistic results if desired
Animation and Rendering including moving items, lights and cameras
I did a quick search using the terms "architecture modeling with blender sun shadows" considering that Blender (free software, very powerful, challenging to learn everything) allows for specific illumination placement and precise shadow adjustment as well.
The results were substantial, locating some architecturally focused web sites that will lead to other ...
Blend4Web is a plugin for Blender 3D modelling tool that allows exporting models to web formats for viewing in a web browser or integrating into a websites.
It can export in fully self contained HTML file or json format for embedding with a standalone player.
It is frequently used for product visualization and customization, and can be configured to allow ...
123D Catch is a free app that lets you create 3D scans of virtually any object.
Autodesk has a corresponding commercial product called autodesk ImageModeler.
123D is free the site has youtube videos you can see if it fits your needs. I've only seen ...
I would use Blender, no doubt!
Free, simple, easy.
It's the open source equivalent of Maya, CAD etc. and probably even better than them.
also have a look at google scetch - since you prefer something else
Suggesting these software's without my personal experience but I hope my answers will help you.:)
FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering ...
SketchUp is a great source to visualize some really simple 3d objects and be able to apply some effects like a light source and reflections on the surfaces of objects. SketchUp is free and doesn’t require a license.
Blender should do well.
It has a large community that provides Q/A-support and tutorials for free.
The software itself is free and open source as well.
Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking,
You could almost certainly use ffmpeg to do this by inverting the values used for k1 and k2 the lens correction filter so as to take an undistorted input and produce a fisheye output.
Cross platform – most major platforms are supported
Alternatively you could use OpenCV to do the job.
Although there are quite some Quadcopter kits on the market, and "how-to"s I don't think it is easy to create one from the scratch. Therefore I agree that first simulating the Quadcopter is a good start, although I am not sure until what detail you can simulate it (i.e. with the weights of the motors and rotors, etc).
You can use ROS (Robot Operating System)...
Yes there is the combination of python programming langage, ipython/jupyter, pandas, scipy and the numerous graphing, plotting & IDE options.
There are numerous books & academic publications dealing with the use of python in the biomedical field.
All of the above are downloadable for free gratis, are open source and are cross platform working well ...
In addition to python & related libraries, I would also recommend to look at
octave, a free analogue of matlab. Unfortunately I have never used that myself (neither matlab) so I cannot comment
R, the statistical language. My impression is that most of the stuff that is done in matlab can very well also be done in R. R has a ton of various libraries, ...
Per your request, the mobile app I referred to is called Essential Anatomy 3 by 3D4Medical.com, LLC.
It’s highly rated (4.3/5.0 on Amazon), inexpensive ($10 US) and provides these features…
New 3D technology via 3D4Medical's latest graphics engine
Over 4,000 highly detailed anatomical structures
Multiple Selection Mode. Hide/Fade/Isolate individual or ...
I would say go for Blender.
There are some great tutorials on how to model a tyre in blender, (as a quick Google will show), but they almost all are about how to do it manually. By all means look at them for tips, I recommend this and this, but if you have 500+ tyres to model photo-realistically then you need to generalise, (or you will be years).
I would suggest taking a look at the IVisual kernel for Jupyter - it is an port of the Visual Python library to Jupyter - as such it lets you model 3D structures very flexibly from within your browser - there is even an animated structure very similar to what you are looking for implemented in less than 100 lines including the animation.
Free, Gratis & ...