3D Bass Designs - More fun with Mental Ray

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

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  2. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    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

  4. thanks!

    pro/engineer and 3D Studio MAX.

    over 12 years each.

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  6. JSPguitars


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


    May 27, 2005
    how much time to you spend making those pictures?
  8. 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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  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.
  11. through some 3D file format conversions, yes.

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  13. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    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


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    do you take requests?

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


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

    tell 'em fred sent ya.

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

    nothing new. but NAMM this weekend.

  18. Cool, now animate some hot british girl in a Catholic School outfit playing it and I'll be more impressed. ;) :smug:
  19. with a "tiny little moustache"?

  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.