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Create a gear and render it realisticly with Mental Ray
Create a gear and render it realisticly with Mental Ray
BaRToNiX, updated 2006-10-05 00:50:30 UTC 507,507 views  Rating:
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First, go to your modelling toolset, polygons>tool options> and make sure keep faces together is checked.
Also you will be needing an HDRI map for this tutorial, please e-mail me at and state in the subject of the e-mail APT_PROBE.HDR so I know which hdri map you're needing (as I get e-mails for hdri maps very fequently)

Enjoy the tutorial!

This tutorial is primarially focused on rendering. It will teach; Final gather with metal ray, DGS shaders, basic polygon modelling methods, Depth of field. You will need; Mental Ray, an HDRI map, and Maya 6.0

We will start by creating a cyllinder for our sprocket, 7.0 users may create a pipe, on the Y axis, as for users below 7.0 create a cyllinder on the Y axis, it should have about 4 spans along it's height

Scale the cylinder so it looks like this

Now we're going to need to make it hollow in the middle, so duplicate your cyllinder, scale it so it's a bit smaller in diameter, and make it a bit taller than the origional, then select the origional cyllinder first, then the duplicated, go to the modelling toolset, polygons>booleans>difference

Alright, now we've got a pipe, for 7.0 users that have created the pipe already, now is your time to get back to work! We're going to make the teeth of the sprocket, go into face mode, and select the two middle faces (do not drag your mouse when selecting, click them individually) and skip a span, follow the pattern below

Now go to Edit Polygons>Extrude Face, and click the arrow that should be pointing straight out, and drag it, then scale it so they taper slightly (Be sure NOT to click the manipulators in your tool box, it will cause your extrude manipulators to disappear, and you'd have to re-do it)

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Rightclick it, object mode, ok now you've got the teeth! Let's modify what they're on! Just follow what the pictures look like, we're going to be using face mode, and the Edit Polygons>extrude face tools.

Scale the selected ones with the middle scale button

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(keep these faces selected) now extrude them again, and go up with them.

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It's a bit tall, so select the top, and bottom faces, and scale them so they come closer

We'll select the two faces all away around the middle inside of the sprocket and extrude them

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  • Faisal Al-Bader

    Faisal Al-Bader said about 9 years ago:

    thanx alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and can u plz show how to make an animated charecters?
  • tanto ambarwanto

    tanto ambarwanto said over 8 years ago:

  • skylo 14

    skylo 14 said over 8 years ago:

    Thanks....a lot.........

    PATAR F C P N said over 8 years ago:

    this looks amazing thank u sir
  • jesus DJ

    jesus DJ said over 8 years ago:

  • silver_pegasi

    silver_pegasi said over 8 years ago:

    wow.. you are really wasting alot of polygons on nothing. Yet you manage to make the ring look jagged on the inside, which clearly shows that it lacks polys to make a nice smooth surface.. Rendering looks okay atleast.
  • sel van

    sel van said over 8 years ago:

    hey i do folowing tute...but its not show renderng in black image...
  • blotto

    blotto said about 8 years ago:

    Watch out for the web browser password hack-tool embedded as an applet in PATAR F C P N's post (#11073). No need to run Java to view this tutorial, let alone a password harvester.
  • Rafiq

    Rafiq said about 8 years ago:

  • sriacgm

    sriacgm said about 8 years ago:

    hey i do folowing tute...but its not show renderng in black image...
  • Thomas Luca

    Thomas Luca said about 8 years ago:

    Friggin awesome! Thanks
  • James H

    James H said almost 8 years ago:

    Works great! except my plane underneath is glowing white, how do i get it to render like yours?
  • Anshul Kumar

    Anshul Kumar said almost 8 years ago:

    thanks sir
  • saranimation

    saranimation said over 7 years ago:

    thank you..can you please post how to create an escalator and animate it?
  • tmyusuf

    tmyusuf said over 1 year ago:

    Thank you BaRToNiX for sharing.

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