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Once you've drawn your initial product design, it's time to take it to a 3D program for modeling. Veejay Gahir takes the initial sketch of a Formula 1 steering wheel from the first part of this series and shows you how to model and render a fully realized version in Maya. He shows how to import the sketch, use box and freeform modeling techniques to create the basic shape, and add details like buttons, dials, and decals. Finally, Veejay shows how to add texture and lights and render out the final view of your model.
This course uses an F1 wheel as an example project, but the techniques can be applied to any other automotive or consumer product. For more information, watch the first part of this series, Sketching an F1 Wheel in SketchBook.
In this video, we're going to model the paddles for the F1 wheel. In chapter 5, let's open up scene 05 01, F1 paddles. So on the right hand side, we have a layer structure and this is a snapshot of where we are in this particular project. So right now, let's link these 2 paddles on this side. The opposite side, holding the shift down, I'm going to select the image plane, hide unselected objects. In this case I missed the handle, so I'm just going to select the handle and then go to hide selected. Okay the handle itself is obscured mainly by the red handle in the main body.
So we're going to have to take some guessing work on exactly how the handle would look. But typically, this information will be provided in a drawing by engineering or human factors. So let's delete these on the left hand side and let's create a brand new handle. Let's go to polygon cube. I want to move and let's scale like this. Now let's go into our perspective. And let's scale that back down like so. I want to select a face.
Back into the top view, W-2 move and let's just move it out to this position here. Now I'm going to extrude again, so I'm going to go back to my extrude command, extrude one more time, E to rotate, and W to move down just a fraction like so. Let's G to re-execute the extrude, and we're going to stop right here. Q to Quit. Now we're going to put some splits into this. So back into our Insert Edge Loop tool. Let's just Reset that. I'm going to put one split right down the middle there, and one down the middle here.
Q to Quit. I can select this edge completely by double clicking it, R. Let's just scale that up like this. going to put one more split right in here Q, and I want to select this edge. And I'm going to scale this as well. We can also go to vertex mode and then just move these vertex points to their appropriate positions like this. Remember, this is a constant case of just tweaking and adjusting. So this point here, I'm going to smooth this model, so let's just go to Object Mode, press Number 3, smooth.
It's not too bad. We can go back in and just readjust these like so. And if need be we can go to X-ray mode which is this one, so we can still see the image underneath, and that's looking pretty good. If we go back to our perspective view, let's remove the reference image we can see it's very soft and rounded. So, we're going to go back to object mode, press 1. Let's select these faces and we can move those down.
Let's see what kind of effect that has, like so. We can add some edge loops in. going to put one in here, and one on this side. One on either side and then I'm going to put one in the horizontal orientation like this. Q to quit the command. Let's go back to object mode and 3 to smooth. We need to put one more in at the edge here. Q to quit, object mode and 3, and that's looking quite good. We can go back in there and continue to fine-tune this.
Bit that's taking box modeling from a cube into the shape that we are looking for. The lower portion is exactly the same methodology, And on the opposite side you can see this is what I've done for this particular model. It’s a very similar methodology, but during the smoothing process that will give you an indication of where we are and then we can fine-tune from there. So once it's set up correctly we can just go ahead, hit W, and we can move it down.
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