T-Splines Webinar: Transitioning from NURBS to T-Splines

Well let’s get some of the dust off this blog, it’s been far too long.  I’ve been busy with a variety of projects and distractions, unfortunately very little of which can be shared here.  I did however do a nice one hour webinar hosted by Autodesk on the very basics of T-Splines.  Especially for those who are coming from a NURBS surface modeling background (as I did), T-Splines can be a fairly daunting piece of software to wrap your head around.  The way you work in T-Splines is often very different from your standard workflow where you start with your big macro shapes, and then trim them and blend them together.  So, with that in mind, we created what will be the first in a series of webinars aimed at helping people make the conceptual leap.  At the end of the webinar there is a preview of T-Splines running on an Autodesk platform, which is very exciting to see, since there has not been a ton of information forthcoming about how T-Splines will be integrated into Autodesk products.

The folks at Autodesk took the “Egg Man” demo I did at the end of the presentation and put it to some music, which I thought was really cool.  So, dim the lights, crank the speakers, and enjoy!

3 Responses to “T-Splines Webinar: Transitioning from NURBS to T-Splines”
  1. Michael says:

    Thank you for another excellent seminar, Sky. “Respect the rectangle” is memorable and I will use it. It is also helpful to understand the star points as “glue” that would appear where I might, in Rhino3D, use a blend.

    One thing I don’t quite follow. Why is it useful to map in advance, with a pencil sketch, the areass where star points are likely to appear?

    What willl you do with this map? Do you later use the map as a reference to eliminate star points that are not really necessary — i.e. — located at points remote from the areas that, in NURBS, would have been Blended?

    Thank you for your insights.


    • Thanks Michael! As for the pencil sketch – well if you can believe this, I often find that the topological layout of a model does not always come naturally to me. Having a pencil sketch keeps me on the straight and narrow when I’m making a model. Because, well, sometimes this stuff is really hard!


      • Michael says:

        Understood. There is another memorable line of thought in the seminar — this amazing concept of “seeing the world as extrusions….”

        Have a great holiday, Michael

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