Exercise 209

Modeling Cloth & Organic Shapes in Rhino

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In this exercise, you will create and upload an organic shape/component to the course website. You will have access to an archive of building and organic components that you can use as blocks in your future designs. Please work carefully to create accurate components so others can use them (and will want to use them).

Part 1: Selecting a building component

  • You have the freedom in this exercise to choose whatever organic object you wish. I would concentrate on pillows, cushions, drapes (basically fabric objects). You can use your object for part of Assignment 201 if you wish.

Part 2: Create the building component in Rhino

  • Using the skills learned in class thus far, create your organic component adding as much detail as you can. You will have the full lab period to complete this exercise. Remember to work with control points and to use the insertknot command as needed. You may also wish to explore the use of the "gumball" for this exercise.

Part 3: Adding Materials & Texture Maps

Part 4: Cleaning up your work

  • This file is going to be used as a block by you and by other students in the future. Please clean up your layers and delete any unnecessary lines/surfaces/construction lines.
  • I would suggest setting up nested layers for your particular object. This will give control to turn off the block as a whole, but also individual pieces of the block. For example, if you created a window as your building component, you would create a top layer titled “Window 3-0 5-0” and several sub-layers “Window Frame,” “Window,” and “Window Jambs.” This layering scheme would allow you to turn off individual pieces of the block as well as the entire window. It will also help to keep the layers organized on your final master drawing. Each layer should have an associated material.
  • Navigate to V-Ray>Pack Project to create a .zip file that includes your Rhino file and all of your used V-Ray materials.
  • Open a test file from the links below.  Insert your component and create a nice perspective rendering of it.  Save the resulting rendered image.  You will use this as the featured image for your post.

Part 5: Posting your work

  • Create a new post on the course website. Upload your .zip file (VRay>Pack Project) to the post and select “Insert Into Post” once it has finished uploading.  Set your post’s featured image as the rendering of your component.
  • Before clicking publish, you will find a box on the lower right of the web page entitled “Rhinoceros Blocks.” Please add the type of your building component (for example “Window” if you created a window) in this field.
  • Publish your post.  You do not need to comment on this exercise.