Modeling and Posing Chains in 3D Studio MAX

In this tutorial, I will show you how you can model a chain, rig it in a couple of simple steps. This allows you to pose and animate the chain in an efficient manner. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner and every step is outlined and displayed in detail, but does assume some basic knowledge of 3D Studio Max.


Modeling and ‘posing’ 3D chains may seem like a tedious job, but actually can be done rather easily by using the Array Tool and treating the links in the chain as bones. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can model a chain, rig it in a couple of simple steps. This allows you to pose and animate the chain in an efficient manner. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner and every step is outlined and displayed in detail, but does assume some basic knowledge of 3D Studio Max.

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Modeling Fake rooms in Gmax for animation

Modeling Fake rooms in Gmax for animation Adam Ladd for 3Dvalley.com.

As I have had Gmax for a while now and am familiar with modeling, I wanted to start doing some basic animation and make some movies out of it. In this tutorial I will show you how to construct a basic fake room and start animating it. I will also include how to use Gmax’s drag and drop texturing. A fake room is a way to get models to look like they are actually somewhere rather than the vast expanse of nothingness that is a view port. For this technique I use Gmax because it is good and free but this idea can be used in any modeling program. “Modeling Fake rooms in Gmax for animation” verder lezen

Modeling a Car Tire in 3D Studio Max

In this video tutorial however, you will learn a fairly quick method to create a detailed tire by using simple extrusion techniques on a cylinder.

There are several tutorials on the web about creating tires and they all use a similar technique in which a small section of the tire is modeled in detail, is duplicated about 50 times and bend. That method allows you to create highly detailed, and high-poly, tires. Another method is using a bump map to for the tire tracks, which is obviously a very low-poly solution. In this video tutorial however, you will learn a fairly quick method to create a fairly detailed tire by using simple extrusion techniques on a cylinder. “Modeling a Car Tire in 3D Studio Max” verder lezen

Timmy Foo Animation Tutorial

This is a introduction tutorial on animating Timmy Foo. You can download the model here. I’ll explain the various controls on Timmy, how to use them. And I will explain a bit about the animation process. After this tutorial you’ll be ready to animate Timmy (I hope).

This is an introduction tutorial on animating Timmy Foo. I’ll explain the various controls on Timmy, how to use them. And I will also explain a bit about the animation process. At the end of this tutorial you’ll be ready to animate Timmy Foo (I hope).

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Rendering WIP Images in 3D Studio MAX

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create those “clay” and wire frames you have probably already seen quite a lot in WIP forums. Key terms include Light Tracer, Skylight, Mental Ray Final Gather, Bounces, Composite and wire materials.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create those “clay” and wire frames you have probably already seen quite a lot in WIP forums. Apart from looking cool, they allow you and others to see curves and corners more clearly by the use of light and shadows. Some of the features in this tutorial may not be available in older versions but work for the recent several versions of 3D Studio MAX. Key terms include Light Tracer, Skylight, Mental Ray Final Gather, Bounces, Composite and wire materials. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner and every step is outlined and displayed in detail. If you are entirely new to 3D Studio MAX, you may want to try some of my other Tutorials first.
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Rigging Robotic Joints in 3D Studio Max

Like most tasks in 3D Studio Max and similar products, rigging robots is easy, if you know how. Depending on the complexity of the robot, some may find it even easier than rigging a human or animal character. This is because most parts of a robot do not deform during movement, with the exception of cabling and other flexible parts, so you don’t have to ‘skin’ it. One of the primary challenges in building a cool robot, which still looks cool when animated, is creating realistic mechanical joints. Although you may prefer a simpler look for your robot, during this tutorial we will assume you want to aim for realism.

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Rendering objects in a solid/wire mix

In this tutorial you will learn how to render an object to an image with both the solid and the wireframe render, without using PhotoShop or anything else than 3D Studio Max. Key terms include wire, Opacity map, Push modifier and Lattice modifier.

In this tutorial you will learn how to render an object to an image with both the solid and the wireframe render, without using PhotoShop or anything else than 3D Studio Max. Key terms include wire, Opacity map, Push modifier and Lattice modifier. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner, but should be interesting for the more advanced 3D artists as well. Although this tutorial is based on 3D Studio Max, the same techniques apply to many other 3D products. “Rendering objects in a solid/wire mix” verder lezen

Creating gold, silver, and copper material in 3DS MAX

In this tutorial you will learn how to create gold, silver, and copper material in 3D Studio MAX. Key terms include reflection, specular, index of refraction, fresnel, and fall-off. This tutorial is aimed at both beginners and professionals. Although this tutorial is based on 3D Studio Max, the same settings (such as the RGB color values) apply to many other 3D products.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create gold, silver, and copper material. Key terms include reflection, specular, index of refraction, fresnel, and fall-off. This tutorial is aimed at both beginners and professionals. Although this tutorial is based on 3D Studio Max, the same settings (such as the RGB color values) apply to many other 3D products. “Creating gold, silver, and copper material in 3DS MAX” verder lezen

Modeling a Chess pawn in 3D Studio MAX

In this tutorial you will learn how to model a chess pawn in 3D Studio Max. The main purpose is to show you some basic Editable Poly edit options and how they can be used to create something very quickly. This tutorial is primarily aimed at the beginner, but can be interesting for the more experienced modeler as well.

In this tutorial you will learn how to model a chess pawn in 3D Studio Max. The main purpose is to show you some basic Editable Poly edit options and how they can be used to create something very quickly. This tutorial is primarily aimed at the beginner, but can be interesting for the more experienced modeler as well. “Modeling a Chess pawn in 3D Studio MAX” verder lezen

Creating realistic glass material in 3DS MAX

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic glass material and turn our chess pawn into a realistic glass object. Key terms include reflection, refraction, opacity, and fall-off. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner, but since there are several ways to create glass, it might be interesting for everyone else as well.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic glass material and turn our chess pawn into a realistic glass object. Key terms include reflection, refraction, opacity, and fall-off. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner, but since there are several ways to create glass, it might be interesting for everyone else as well. Although this tutorial is based on 3D Studio Max, the same settings apply to many other 3D products.
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