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Chapter 3. Creating Primitives and Text > About NURBS Primitives

About NURBS Primitives

NURBS primitives are a collection of frequently used, predefined curves and surfaces. There are eight NURBS primitives in Maya: sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, plane, torus, circle, and square (Figure 3.7). NURBS primitives are helpful in speeding workflow because the curves are already drawn for you, and many primitives have already had their curves replaced with surface geometry. These predefined primitive surfaces save you time when creating objects and often give you a head start on creating more detailed shapes. The circle and square primitives are NURBS curves without surfaces attached to them; the other six NURBS primitives are predefined surfaces ready to be placed in the Maya scene or manipulated further.

Figure 3.7. The NURBS primitives are used for starting points for more complex models.



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