Blender 3D Incredible Machines

Book description

Design, model, and texture complex mechanical objects in Blender

About This Book

  • Develop realistic and awesome machines for your 3D projects and animation films
  • Gain the ability to look at a piece of machinery in real life and then recreate it in Blender
  • Develop a comprehensive skill set covering key aspects of mechanical modeling

Who This Book Is For

This book is intended for consumers and hobbyists who are existing users of Blender 3D want to expand their capabilities by diving into machine modeling with Blender 3D. You are expected to have experience with basic Blender operations.

What You Will Learn

  • Reacquaint yourself with Blender's modeling toolset
  • Practice fundamental skills that are applicable to a range of modeling projects
  • Know when and where to use various types of geometry - something that saves time in one instance will pose significant problems in another
  • Think ahead and plan your project out to significantly improve both quality and efficiency
  • Create models for freestyle use
  • Overcome challenging modeling problems
  • Create customized game models that can easily be exported to other formats. This is one of the most popular uses of Blender, and the results can be incorporated into game design!
  • Get comfortable with the start-to-finish process to create any type of hard surface model

In Detail

Blender 3D is one of the top pieces of 3D animation software. Machine modeling is an essential aspect of war games, space games, racing games, and animated action films. As the Blender software grows more powerful and popular, there is a demand to take your modeling skills to the next level. This book will cover all the topics you need to create professional models and renders.

This book will help you develop a comprehensive skill set that covers the key aspects of mechanical modeling. Through this book, you will create many types of projects, including a pistol, spacecraft, robot, and a racer. We start by making a Sci-fi pistol, creating its basic shape and adding details to it. Moving on, you'll discover modeling techniques for larger objects such as a space craft and take a look at how different techniques are required for freestyle modeling.

After this, we'll create the basic shapes for the robot and combine the meshes to create unified objects. We'll assign materials and explore the various options for freestyle rendering. We'll discuss techniques to build low-poly models, create a low-poly racer, and explain how they differ from the high poly models we created previously.

By the end of this book, you will have mastered a workflow that you will be able to apply to your own creations.

Style and approach

This is an easy-to-follow book that is based around four concrete projects. Each topic is explained sequentially in the process of creating a model, and detailed explanations of the basic and advanced features are also included.

Table of contents

  1. Blender 3D Incredible Machines
    1. Blender 3D Incredible Machines
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewer
      1. Why subscribe?
      2. Free access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    7. 1. Sci-Fi Pistol - Creating the Basic Shapes
      1. A project overview
      2. Creating the barrel
        1. Modeling a handgrip and other pieces
      3. Summary
    8. 2. Sci-Fi Pistol - Adding Details
      1. Finishing the handgrip
      2. Cutting shapes into our gun
      3. Circles, angles, and edge splits
      4. Adding final details
      5. General workflow for detailing
      6. Summary
    9. 3. Texturing and Rendering Your Sci-Fi Pistol
      1. Preparing our scene
      2. Enabling GPU rendering
      3. Adding materials and textures
      4. Summary
    10. 4. Spacecraft – Creating the Basic Shapes
      1. Shaping the body
      2. Creating the accessories
      3. Summary
    11. 5. Spacecraft - Adding Details
      1. Refining our ship
      2. Adding detail with pipes
      3. Finishing our main objects
      4. Do it yourself - completing the body
      5. Building the landing gear
      6. Adding the cockpit
      7. Creating small details
      8. Working with Path objects
      9. Finishing touches
      10. Summary
    12. 6. Spacecraft – Materials, Textures, and Rendering
      1. Preparing the model and scene
      2. Creating materials
      3. Adding decals with UV maps
      4. Other possibilities
      5. Summary
    13. 7. Modeling Your Freestyle Robot
      1. Modeling for Freestyle
      2. Blocking out your robot
      3. Creating the body with Subdivision Surfacing
      4. Finishing the robot
      5. Summary
    14. 8. Robot - Freestyle Rendering
      1. Preparing the scene
      2. Marking Freestyle edges
      3. Creating materials
      4. Rendering and material options
      5. Summary
    15. 9. Low-Poly Racer – Building the Mesh
      1. Building for external applications
      2. Starting the truck model
      3. Manifold versus non-manifold meshes
      4. Adding details
      5. Summary
    16. 10. Low-Poly Racer – Materials and Textures
      1. Texturing workflow
      2. Adding materials
      3. Unwrapping and baking
      4. Adding detail in an Image Editor
      5. Checking the Texture Map
      6. Summary

Product information

  • Title: Blender 3D Incredible Machines
  • Author(s): Christopher Kuhn
  • Release date: February 2016
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781785282010