The Four Most Important Pages in the T-Splines V3 Manual

If you’re just starting out with T-Splines, it can be a bit overwhelming to make the transition from a NURBS type modeling package to T-Splines.  I spent quite a bit of time reading the manual, and while I would encourage you to do the same, what I came to realize is that there are just a handful of pages that really cut to the heart of how T-Splines works.  I would encourage you to print these pages out and put them on the wall near your workstation.  If something is going wrong, or your are getting unexpected results, then chances are you are violating one of the key concepts on these pages.  The pages are:

Page 52 – Talks about t-points and star points.  The tidbit in the star point section about placing star points in flatter parts of your model is easy to overlook at first but very important.

Page 53 – Deals with how to integrate both t-points and star points into your model.  This is the most violated rule by new users, in my experience.

Page 81 – Shows how creases work.

Page 82 – Talks about creases in the region of star points.  Another often violated rule by new users.

If you understand the concepts on these pages, and can start to visualize where you will need your t-points and star points on your model before you start, then you’re well on your way to being proficient with T-Splines.  In case you don’t already have it, you can download the T-Splines V3 manual here.

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