Create beautiful, detailed, and data-rich BIM models.
BlenderBIM would not be possible without dedicated open-source developers, volunteers, and industry members. You can be part of this amazing community too! If you know how to code, you can contribute in development. If not, you can simply use BlenderBIM, share it with your friends and colleagues, suggest changes, and help change the industry for the better.
IRC is a free, online, real-time chatroom. It is incredibly popular with the free software community, where thousands of people are around to discuss a topic of interest. It is a great way to ask questions and get an instant reply.
Unfortunately, it is relatively unknown to most of the AEC industry, so there are usually only 2 or 3 people online talking about architecture. However, you can try your luck and join the Freenode IRC webchat, and join the channel called
##architect. My username there is
Moult. Mention my name and send a message to me, and if I am available, I will reply.
You should also join the
#blender channel which usually has several hundred people online. You can ask about general Blender questions there. It is standard culture for people to remain connected 24/7 to the chatroom, but not always be at their computer to respond, so don't worry if you don't get a reply straight away, especially with only a few people in different timezones! The longer you stick around, the more likely you will get a response, and we can make this community grow!
If you know how to code Python, you can contribute to BlenderBIM on the v0.6.0 branch. If you know how to code in C++, you can contribute to the underlying IfcOpenShell library, which will improve IFC's capabilities for all. If you find any bugs with BlenderBIM or want to suggest improvements, you can also report issues or send Dion Moult an email.
The ability for the AEC industry to interoperate with open data standards and use open-source tools is based on the standards created by BuildingSMART. They have various ways to participate which can be found on their website, including community forums where anybody can learn more about OpenBIM and ask questions.
Blender has a thriving community who build amazing things, from open-source movies to parametric node-based visual programming. Learn more about how to do CG-grade 3D modeling to bring your designs to the next level on the BlenderArtists Forums. If you're already a Blender wizard, share your knowledge with others!
BlenderBIM, and others like FreeCAD, which offers more CATIA-style parametric OpenBIM modeling, are for many the first introductions to the industry of how to do BIM outside the Windows platform. In particular, the Linux platform, which IfcOpenShell, BlenderBIM, and FreeCAD run on offers a great ecosystem of industry-grade tools and infrastructure which may open up new possibilities of how we can be smarter with our BIM data.
If you're willing to see what else is out there with computers, give Linux a try.