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Lofting Basic Concepts

In my view, lofting is the most powerful modeling tool in 3ds max, but one that is often underutilized because of some seemingly “strange” behavior when using it. The behavior is not really strange, but lofting is unlike any creation method you use in other software, so it requires that you know a few simple concepts for it to make sense.

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The term lofting comes from old ship-building practices where the patterns for ribs of a ship were all laid out in the upstairs loft of the ship builder's shop. Long, thin metal bands, or splines, were set on edge and bent to the curvature of the hull at given points along the keel. To hold the splines in place so that the lines could be traced on the patterns, the ship designer place heavy steel or lead “ducks” at the tangency points. To create the hull, the ribs (loft shapes) were then attached along the keel (loft path) and the planking was attached to form the hull (mesh object).



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