Sample project

TQA3 students are working on their first project and TQA2 students starting to model in 3D. It isn’t fair to ask you all to do something I can’t or wouldn’t do myself, so I spent some time over the weekend to complete the child’s toy project.

This is what I managed to get done.

Design Project – Child’s Toy



Week 4

TQA 3 students continue with the Canvas project. Make sure you compete all the stages in the design process and submit your work as you go. When you have your digital model we can prototype with the 3D printer.

TQA2 students work on this modelling tutorial.

Part 1 is at http://panopto.education.tas.gov.au/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=1ae99244-1aaf-455b-bdd7-76a6c35030d6

Part 2 is at http://panopto.education.tas.gov.au/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=1998691d-2ce1-4a08-91ea-9bff304c85fb

Next TQA3 exercise

The next exercise will demonstrate two important techniques.

  • The first is using a background image or template to guide modelling.
  • The second is to use a spline as an outline for a model.

Both these are important techniques that you will make great use of. In this simple example you will model a chess pawn.

The instructions are at  Pawn tutorial

These instructions are for an older version of the software, but I think you will be OK as you are getting quite familiar with the interface now.

Download this image to use as the reference image


Progress report

TQA3 students have made good progress with their box modelling. I wold like to move on now to FFD modelling. If you want a preview watch this video

TQA2 students are getting a bit bogged down in the preliminaries of the design process. I would like to get you started designing, and since many of you are designing posters or images of some type a short introduction to Photoshop might be in order. Use the tools reference at this link to help you.

Photoshop tools reference

First Tutorial

A good way to learn modelling techniques is to follow tutorials. In this example we will model a viking helmet. This will cover basic use of the ribbon and also look at using symmetry to aid modelling. We will model one side of the helmet and then use a symmetry modifier to mirror the other side of the helmet.


Motion Capture

TASC 3 students are finishing their crash course on 3DS Max with motion capture animation. They will use some mocap files to animate a simple biped to create a simple cartoon.

This video demonstrates the process.


Moving right along…

Today the TASC 3 students will be looking at the MassFX modifier as a way of animating solid objects. This technique is an excellent way of creating realistic collisions as well as naturally behaving cloth.

TASC 2 students will be consolidating their modelling work with a new task. The aim is to learn to use subdivision and box modelling together.

These videos shows how to use MassFX to simulate animated objects.


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