Important Fundamental Concepts in 3ds max 6 26 Figure 2.19. Setting the shape steps to 0 completely ruins the integrity of the intended mesh by removing all curvature from the circular shape. Increasing the shape steps to 3 might result in an acceptable mesh object with a total face count of 156, less than half the original 332 faces. The important fact is that you can easily adjust the density of your lofted objects at any time to achieve an optimum balance between the detail of the object and the efficiency of the object, which is so critical to production.