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Smoothing models - Carlos Camacho - Aug 18, 2011 05:16 AM

I've created a model using various primitives. I want to export my model (dxf, obj, cae, 3ds formmat) into another app to help smooth out the shapes. My first thought was ZBrush as I recall a demo long ago having nice smoothing (subdivision) functions. I'm lost in their latest version. Any other app (on the Mac hopefully) that can smooth out the edges? Especially where one primitive intersects another primitive. I gave Blender a try last night but got lost in its interface.

Model I want to smooth can be seen here:


RE: Smoothing models - skyhawk - Aug 18, 2011 10:40 AM

to be clear, you're asking for something that'll blend the polygons together, smoothing transition, and not for anti-aliasing your render, right?

RE: Smoothing models - Carlos Camacho - Aug 18, 2011 01:10 PM

correct.. not the final render but the actual polygons. My modeler can do more organic, and curved surfaces but I've never really mastered those tools, so I find it faster to create with basic shapes and then smooth the polygons together. A bit like metaball. Zbrush does this fairly well. Of course, doing this is the opposite of creating low-count polygon models since youa re adding more geometry. But in this case, my model is going to be pre-rendered into sprites so I don''t care about model size.

RE: Smoothing models - PowerMacX - Aug 18, 2011 08:39 PM

You can try wings3d, simply select the model and press 's'. Yes, it isn't terribly flexible but... Wink

One important caveat is that wings3d doesn't do boolean operations (without plugins) so remember to pre-merge primitives that you want smoothed together in your original app before importing the model into wings.

RE: Smoothing models - Frank C. - Aug 18, 2011 11:03 PM might do the trick.

RE: Smoothing models - Carlos Camacho - Aug 20, 2011 06:58 AM

I tied Wings3D. The good thing is that it didn't crash. The bad thing is that it doesn't allow for any control, so the results weren't nice.

I then tried Meshworks. It seems like it would be good but I kept on running into crashes.

RE: Smoothing models - MattDiamond - Aug 20, 2011 07:28 AM

(Skip down to the Smoothing the mesh geometry section)

RE: Smoothing models - Carlos Camacho - Aug 20, 2011 07:30 AM

Yeah, I have looked at that tutorial. I can't figure out the settings though. I never used Blender before.

RE: Smoothing models - ipeku - Aug 24, 2011 08:19 PM

Have you tried Cheetah 3D? There you can do different subdivision algorithms for smoothing and you can define edges that don't get smoothed (like the edge of the wings). It imports and exports different formats.

RE: Smoothing models - Carlos Camacho - Oct 14, 2011 03:32 PM

I haven't because I don't have a license for it... yet. Smile