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In this course, author Dan Ablan walks through the process of understanding the MODO workflow while learning to create 3D models and animations. The course teaches fundamental tasks, such as modeling polygons and applying materials with the Shader Tree, while exploring scene building in depth through advanced lighting, camera, and animation techniques. The course also covers MODO's schematic tools and shows how to render animations for various playback media.
In the Extending polygons video in Chapter 2, we used Curve Extrude briefly to create a nice hose, but there's a lot more this tool can do. In the Duplicate tab, you'll see Curve Extrude. And we've taken a flat disc and we extruded it just to make a nice hose, but it goes little bit deeper than that. So what I am going to do is, from the Basic tab, create just a nice little flat plane like this. That's all. Just very simply a flat box. Just select the Box tool and draw it out. In the Duplicate tab, we are going to select Curve Extrude. And like we've done with our extending polygons, you can very simply click and drag this out, but there is a little bit more. So I am going to Undo this with Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, and I am going to close up the Path Generator and all these others. And at the very bottom under Profiles, there's all these presets, and what these can do is help you create something like a nice molding if you are building an interior.
So I'll just select any one of them like that, and then we will click right on the model to start our curve-extrude. We can come back here to our Path Generator and make sure this polygon is selected. And with that profile selected, what you end up with is a nice shaped curve, just like that. And then of course just like the others, when you have this path, you can change it and shape it as needed.
Now this doesn't have to be a molding for a home. This is very easily could be a rollercoaster track. This could be a slide in the backyard. And all we are doing is taking this initial shape with a profile and then clicking the Curve Extrude tool. And just like our other Extrude tools, you can very easily move these points around and change that shape. When you turn off the Curve Extrude and you hit the Tab key, of course the subdivisions smoothed that out.
Now we a little pinch right there which would be very easily going and press the T key for Element Move and just move that about and reshape that. But the Curve Extrude is a very powerful tool for creating all kinds we need shapes. When you employ the profiles that come with modo that are installed when you install the program, you can then extend that Curve Extrude that much further.
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