Tagged 'primitive'

Helical Cylinder

30 votes

Example usage would be spiral ductwork, screw threads, flexible metal tubes, circular ramps etc. No smoothing groups are assigned, for smooth look either use Smooth modifier or add points to the spline profile.

Rectangle by Edge

12 votes

Spline primitive that creates a rectangle based on the direction of clicked point:

Rotated Rectangle

See also NGon by Edge.

Mesh Surface

14 votes

Creates surface defined by four splines. The order of picking the splines matters - they should form a closed loop. If you get a weird looking mesh, try once again starting with another of the four splines:

Note that if any of the splines are animated, the resulting mesh is animated, too.

Helix with Bezier Handles

14 votes

Just like the regular helix only with four bezier handles per turn (or more if you would like - you can control that with the Steps spinner) instead of 40 corner-points of the default Helix shape.

Arrow

14 votes

Arrow spline primitive, useful as a control object in rigging. Works only in 3ds max 2016 SP2 and higher.

Tetrahedral Spline

8 votes

Tetrahedral mesh primitive primitive traced along a picked spline path. The starting direction is controlled by the Seed parameter, after that new tetrahedrons are added in directions resulting to the closest match to the original path. When turbosmoothed, the result is a uniform organic-looking surface.

Tetrahedron Spline

NGon by Edge

9 votes

NGon spline primitive created by dragging the first edge. Holding shift constraints to ortho, holding ctrl flips the shape. The original idea and implementation comes from Aslan Tamjidi, see the discussion thread for further details.

NGon by Edge primitive

PatchMesh

7 votes

Mesh primitive that behaves similat to the Patch Grid. Point helpers are used as handles, which means animating them or using wire paramaters with them is easy. Linking the helpers to another parent would break it, though, so if you want to do something like that, use constraints instead (Link constraint or Position constraint depending on what you want to achieve).

Patch Mesh

Guilloche

9 votes

Procedural guilloché pattern.

diaRhombus

50 votes

diarhombus_v1web600

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