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3D Bass Designs - More fun with Mental Ray

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by frederic b. hodshon, Jan 13, 2006.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
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    yum.

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  2. Linas

    Linas

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago
    Those are pretty realistic looking animations. What program did you use and how much experience do you have using it.
     
  3. wow those look good

    lowsound
     
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    thanks!

    pro/engineer and 3D Studio MAX.

    over 12 years each.

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  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
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  6. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    WOW! Very interesting, in many ways.
    nice work. :spit:
     
  7. full_bleed

    full_bleed

    May 27, 2005
    Arizona
    how much time to you spend making those pictures?
     
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    thanks JSP!

    full_bleed: time spent...hmmm.

    most of the time is spent modeling the basses in Pro/Engineer.

    one bass can take 20 to 40 hours depending on input from the builder.

    the neck is the most challenging area to model.

    once modeled and imported into 3D Studio MAX, camera, lighting and texturing can take a few hours.

    i'm constantly updating my wood texture library - lots of photoshop touchups.

    over the last year or so, i've used the Mental Ray rendering engine within 3DS MAX. much more photorealistic results.

    i'm always learning a new way to accomplish all the aforementioned tasks.

    one thing that still needs some serious work is the way the body wood wraps around the sides. haven't come up with a acceptable method yet.

    see below:


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  9. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
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  10. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    Would these files be transferrable into corel brice 3d environments creator?
    I have had brice for quite some time but never had the time to crack into it fully.
    Todd
     
  11. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    through some 3D file format conversions, yes.

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  12. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
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  13. elros

    elros

    Apr 24, 2004
    Norway
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    Solid spalt maple body, eh? Interesting. Can it be done - I mean, in real life? Perhaps an acrylized piece of spalted wood? ... Larry D.? :)
     
  14. KAOSBass

    KAOSBass

    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    do you take requests?

    how about a Wal Mach II in Buckeye Burl?
     
  15. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    So, who does that swing pickup design?? That is a cool idea!
     
  16. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    fred, you are a showoff.
    Any good business flowing in now?


    obvously typed by a very envious engineer
     
  17. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    www.spaltbasses.com

    tell 'em fred sent ya.

    i was wondering when you'd chime in. ;)

    nothing new. but NAMM this weekend.

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  18. Cool, now animate some hot british girl in a Catholic School outfit playing it and I'll be more impressed. ;) :smug:
     
  19. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    with a "tiny little moustache"?

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  20. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    How about one of your ol' pal Bud's design? I can send a 2D CAD file if that'll make things easier.