Category Archives: CX Modeling

Creating a chemical shape, approach 1

Viewing this tutorial requires a SubscriptionThis modeling tutorial imports Adobe Illustrator artwork which contains only non-filled bezier curve segments. It specifically shows how to create thickness for these elements, in addition to setting up the final geometry for proper subdivision surface objects.

Creating a chemical shape, approach 2

Viewing this tutorial requires a SubscriptionThis modeling tutorial shows how to prepare Adobe Illustrator artwork for geometry creation in Design 3D. It shows how to prepare the artwork in order to create a subdivision surface object and walks through the process of properly generating a polygon structure from this Illustrator artwork that properly subdivides.

Preparing models for STL output

Viewing this tutorial requires a SubscriptionThis tutorial shows how to prepare 3D geometry for STL output, specifically when the artwork starts as bezier data from an application like Adobe Illustrator, and contains counter spaces. It shows how to avoid problematic geometry configurations and discusses how to ensure your geometry is closed using the Select Non-Manifold function.

Modeling a piece of paper with downturned corner

Viewing this tutorial requires a SubscriptionThis modeling tutorial shows how to use guides to ‘bend’ the corner of a piece of 'paper' or page type of object. It also covers the use of subsets and some basic UV mapping as it relates to the use of the Thickness function. It also shows how to use the Select Perimeter function to help set hard edges for subdivision surface control.

Model Size Reduction Strategies

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Reducing the complexity of your model can be important – whether the number of objects, the polygon count, the texture size, or any combination of these. Smaller, more efficient models can improve rendering times and allow you to use the model in real-time display (such as augmented reality, web display, iBooks illustrations, etc.) and even for 3D printing. View this tutorial

Tips on using the Boolean tools, Select Non-Manifold

Viewing this tutorial requires a SubscriptionThis follows the tutorial explaining how to use the bezier path extrude tool to create polygon geometry and blend between polygon elements (here). It extends this material by showing a more complex situation in an architectural setting.
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