Visual animation of simple building assembly

Hi!

I'm looking for the best way to create a visually appealing building assembly animation. It will be a very simple assembly - consisting of 3 main cointainer modules.

Is this a job for flash - or 3D animation? Which software would be the best to start off with?
cegelandAsked:
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CyanBlueCommented:
It depends on the details of the animation...  You can go with any software to get the job done, but I think it might be abit easier to do that with the 3D software assuming that you are good with the tool that you need to use such as Maya, 3DSMax or something along with that...  Some of the 3D tool support exporting the animation in SWF format so that you can deliver it in Flash for web...

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cegelandAuthor Commented:
Ok - thanks for the info. I'm pretty green on the whole 3D modelling subject - which program would be the best to start off with? Assuming I'd only do basic 3D animation (moving shapes around, moving point of view to focus on details etc).

I have DWG files of a building that I would like to create a good looking 3D model from. Maybe TurboCAD or a similar application would be better for that purpose?
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CyanBlueCommented:
Well...  It all depends on what your budget is and how often you will be using the software...  ;)

The Blender is an open source project that you could try first...  It's great if it does the job for you, but if not, you could 3DS Max or Maya...
   http://www.blender.org/

Alternatively, you could model in any of those 3D software(I believe) and import it into the Swift 3D to make the animation in it...
   http://www.erain.com/products/swift3d/

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