Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the NURBS curve tools , part of Maya 2013 Essential Training: 3 NURBS Modeling Techniques.
Maya allows you to create NURBS curves which can than be turned into surfaces.…So let's take a look at some of the basics of creating NURBS curves.…Now, in Maya we have, under the Create menu, a bunch of options here for creating…curves, and a lot of these are just different ways to create the same curve.…So we have a CV Curve tool, which creates a NURBS curves; the EP Curve tool, which…again creates a NURBS curve; then we have what's called the Bezier Curve tool,…which is a little bit different; Pencil Curve, which allows you to sketch kind of…like a Pencil tool; and then some Arc tools, which allows us to create an arc.…
Let's take a look at this CV and the EP Curve tool.…So the first thing I'm going to do is let's go into an orthographic viewport so we…can draw this curve.…Now typically, when we draw curves, I like to draw them in an orthographic…viewport so that way I know there are on a fixed plane.…I can always manipulate the curves later if I need them to be 3D, but this gives…me more control over the curve.…
- Creating NURBS primitives
- Manipulating NURBS surfaces and curves
- Detaching NURBS surfaces
- Creating Bezier curves, arcs, and text
- Opening and closing NURBS curves
- Duplicating curves
- Working with the Resolve, Loft, Extrude, and Planar commands
- Creating curves on a surface
- Trimming surfaces
- Working with NURBS Booleans
Skill Level Beginner
1. Modeling with NURBS Primitives
2. Working with NURBS Curves
3. Creating NURBS Surfaces from Curves
4. Refining NURBS Models
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