3D Max Tutorial: Modeling With Splines

Creating And Editing Splines

Spline Modeling is another 3DS Max skill that’s very important in creating complex and dynamic shapes. It is literally drawing a basic shape by using a tool inside 3D Studio Max that works like a pen tool in Photoshop, then applying a surface modifier to it, to form any desired shapes. Cars, Airplanes, Animals and People are just some of the stuff you can easily Model by mastering the use of Splines. In fact, some of the most complicated 3D designs that have been created with the combination of splines and primitive objects in 3d Studio Max.

Below are some of the best  Spline Modeling Tutorials for you :

1. Modeling with Spline Cages and the Surface Modifier in 3ds Max


Those that have actually been around 3ds Max for a while understand this strategy and although its still a sensible modeling technique it doesn’t get utilized as much. This method isn’t really new buts extremely effective to particular types of natural or unusually formed hard surface area.
Its called “Spline Modeling” or “Spline Cage Modeling”. When it was introduced years ago it was called “Surface area Tools”. What ever you call it, it’s a wonderful set of modeling devices in the 3ds Max quiver of arrows and is worthy of another appearance.

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2. Modeling with Spline and Lathe


There are so many ways that you can use to change a 2D illustration into a 3D design using 3D  MAX. This tutorial is going to show  you the best ways to utilize Spline and Lathe to attain this objective, but prior to that, you need to be introduced to what Spline and Lathe simply means.

Spline is a drawing technique that enables you to draw fundamental lines or shapes in the same method that you would utilize the Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Fireworks, while Lathe is a feature that allows you to produce a 3D item by rotating a shape or a line around an axis. This tutorial will instruct you the best ways to effectively utilize these methods to develop a vase put on an embellished carpet as in this photo.

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3. Modeling a Chair Using Spline


In this tutorial you will learn how to create 3D chair version. This is a modern-day and basic design chair, produced from bended tubular metal and some leather for chair seat and backrest. You may think Lofting will used to achieve the final model. Incorrect. The tutorial will utilize another strategy, using spline. It’s faster and simpler.

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4. How to Model a Wine Glass in 3Ds Max

Modeling a Wine glass is a very popular Spline Modeling tutorial every beginner must learn. In this tutorial you will be taken thru the steps in creating a realistic wine glass using an Editable Spline and the Loft Modifier.



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5.  Modeling a Key with Splines

Here is another basic Spline Modeling Tutorial for Beginners. This will teach you how to combine several splines to form a single object, use edit spline extortion modifiers. The final product will look like the one below.



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Finally, here is a 2 Part Video by Chris Cook showing almost everything you need to know about spline Modeling.

Part I

Part II

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