Toy jeepers!

I don’t get to play as much as I used to with the tech support load these days, but a calm day on phones allowed me to drag out this dusty old project I did years ago for a toy company. I added some details, changed some pretty significant stuff I didn’t like about their original art direction and did a quick render.

This was bread and butter stuff from back in the day for me- and I’m so enjoying all the enhancements in v8.

It used to be trying to tear back into a finished model was really a pain… but with push pull, inset, and the cut tools on gumball, it’s no longer the chore it used to be.

The other fun part, is this is one single solid chunk of a polysurface… sub object material assignment allows you to make renderings without having to extract surfaces.

Such a huge timesaver… enjoy!


Looks so fun!

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There were definitely worse ways to make a living… :wink:

The biz of toys is really tough, but the process of toys is really fun.


Hello, Kyle

Was your project manufactured?

this one no…
one of the many that died on the vine…

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it may be a bit cold and seems near cynical, but to some degree ironically there is always something good in the bad.

no i am not a religious type but it seemed to fit

yep, I really enjoy each build I got to do, but in the end you can’t make pets out of the farm animals.

Build it, ship it, bill it, next!

it’s a bonus if it actually makes it to the shelves.

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As a newbie (sort of) can you tell me more about “one single solid chunk of a polysurface” please?

Sure, for most of the toy stuff I did, the client wanted a solid, watertight part that they could 3d print…that meant I had to do the entire vehicle as one solid “chunk” then verify it had no naked edges so it could be printed.

That’s great for production needs, but sucks for rendering because all the surface are joined. Typically you’d have to go back and extract surfaces, then separate them by layer or material in order to assign different colors and materials to the parts. This now creates a “non-watertight model” since the parts are split apart to make them easy to select.

Since about Rhino 6, you can now simply ctrl+shit+click a piece of a polysurface and apply a sub object material to it, removing the need for two models.

The simplest example is to make a cube that is a single closed polysurface, and assign a material to only one face this way. Notice the cube is still a cube…but you can assign a different material to each individual face.