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Lesson 13 - NURBS Surfaces / Meta Objects


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Lesson #13 focuses on Blender's NURBS Surface tools and Blender's Meta Objects.

Suggested Texbook Readings:

Review Chapter 11 of the John Blain "Complete Guide to Blender Graphics" NURBS and Meta Shapes (pages 185-190)

Video Tutorials:

13-01 - NURBS Curves - The Basics
13-02 - NURBS Surface Curves - TheBasics
13-03 - NURBS Surface Circle-Part1
13-04 - NURBS Surface Circle-Part2-Dupliframes-Screw Modifier
13-05 - NURBS Surface Patch
13-06 - NURBS Surfaces-Cylinder-Sphere-Torus
13-07 - NURBS Surfaces-Textures
13-08 - Meta Objects-ObjectMode
13-09 - Meta Objects-EditMode

PDF Tutorials:

rocket modeling

Lesson 13A - NURBS Sailboat On the Ocean (Modeling and Animation)

NURBS Sailboat PDF Tutorial
NURBS Sailboat Complete.blend
NURBS Sailboat.mp4
RedSky.jpg *

rocket animation

Lesson 13B - MetaMan (Optional)

MetaMan PDF Tutorial


*If MP4 file doesn’t open, right click on file, save to desktop, then open with your media player.


Using a NURBS Surface, model a chaise lounge similar to the one below. Option: Model a NURBS park bench.