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    Building an airlock

    I have been required to make an airlock and after some research decided to base it around this.

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    The cool part of this design is the inset porthole combined with a pressure gauge, so I started with that.

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    Next I worked on building the other elements and putting them all together to form the airlock door.

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    The next stage was the door frame, and I also decided to round out the door, which is actually flat in the original design.

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    I'll update as I go, I'm attempting to demonstrate how a complex shape can be tackled piece by piece, particularly when doing it with sub-D's.

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    As always, super detailed work, looking forward to updates
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    Very detailed, thanks for showing the way to do it. What was the procedure to smoothen the door?

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    If you're talking about the slight curvature bulge I added, that was just using the magnet tool. Have you used it? Just right mouse button to drag out the size and radius of the tool and then left mouse button to actually use it.

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    It was very instructive to see how you maintain quads while placing details where you like.

    I am appreciative of your gift of teaching.

    thanks for that.

    whats the airlock for? if you dont mind me asking.

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    I can't really say at the moment. But I can show it here as it's just an object out of context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djwaterman View Post
    If you're talking about the slight curvature bulge I added, that was just using the magnet tool. Have you used it? Just right mouse button to drag out the size and radius of the tool and then left mouse button to actually use it.
    Thanks, I have used it, just forgot it's existance the time I posted

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    Here's the latest. I rendered these in Modo because of the client's workflow, so this is without any proper surfacing (I'm still at the modeling stage anyway) or good lighting, I think it's Modo's default lighting which looks pretty good actually.

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    ARE YOU going to have any monkey motion going on in the animation? (is it an animation?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonpietro View Post
    ARE YOU going to have any monkey motion going on in the animation? (is it an animation?)
    Monkey Motion? There will be some animation, but no monkeys.

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    its a term that means alot of complex moving parts ... umm moving. Because its complex it gets summed up as "monkey motion"
    I've heard it used in aerospace alot, and mechanics use it alot at airports. (i have some background in aviation)

    in an aircraft wing, there is alot of monkey motion to make all the ailerons move up and down. =)

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    Really nice modelling, though strictly speaking I don't think it's an airlock in the spaceship sense, if that was the intention.

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    Lovely presentation dj, very instructive.

    For me, it's always the little things that make it 'real': the small (fabrication?) holes in this case. Will the cords at the hinge be animated? That seems like it would be a lot of work for little pay-off.
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