Skill Level Intermediate
- [George] Hi, I'm George Maestri. Today we're going to look at ways to create shells out of basic surfaces. So, here we have some surfaces but these are really just one-dimensional surfaces, so they don't have any depth. Now, there are a couple of plugins out there that will allow you to create a shell. One is called joint push/pull, another one which I really like is called Shell. So, if we go into our extension warehouse and we take a look at Shell we should be able to find it.
Now, in my search it came up first. It's called Shell and the author is ThomThom and it should look something like this. So, go ahead and install it if you don't already have it installed. Now, this may require a second plugin to be installed but go ahead and make sure that you get it installed properly and once you do you should have in your tools menu a Shell option. So, let's take a look at how this works. It's really a very simply plugin but very, very powerful.
So, I'm going to go ahead and create a simple object here. I'm going to create a circle and just click and drag that and then use my push/pull tool to pull it up into a cylinder. Now, I'm going to select my top face here and delete it. Now, by doing this, I've created basically a hollow Shell but this doesn't have any depth, so if I wanted to turn this into something like a cup or a container I would need to have faces on the inside as well.
So, we can do that using Shell. Now, Shell works on groups or components, so I need to select this object and right click on it and do either make component or make group. So, I'm going to just do a simple make group here and once I have that in place, I can do tools, Shell. Now, in the bottom right-hand corner it's going to ask for a thickness. Now, this will depend upon how big you drew this but I can do anything say nine inches to 12 inches or whatever and I can keep typing in numbers until I get a value that I like, and once I have a value, I can just hit enter for a second time and look what it does.
It draws out a complete shell, so it gives me the volume that I need. So, if I want to I can view this in wire frame mode and as you can see it's created an inset for me. Let me go back into shaded mode here. So, let's take a look at some other ones here. I have this one here which I've already grouped and that's a hemisphere and again, we can do Shell and type in a value and that will create that shell.
And let's do another one here. This one here is again already grouped, so we could do Shell and type in the thickness and hit enter for the second time and there we go and then this one you can kind of see what happens is that it basically just insets this and draws the connecting faces. So, if you need to draw objects like this, go ahead and take a look at Shell from ThomThom.
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