Learning to model a wheel in Alias

Wheel Exercise in Alias


Personal Project


Personal Development



As part of my online learning with Steven Cobert, I modeled this wheel in Alias.


A fairly simple looking wheel

But with only a profile view to start with and with rotated instances in the horizon, I knew that modeling this wheel could be troublesome if I was not careful early on.

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The "Extend" tool to the rescue

Despite modeling with good theoretical edges, I never would have guessed on my own that the extend tool was capable of keeping continuity to form the corner blends at the outer edge of the wheel.

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No radial array tool in Alias

Having to copy and create four extra copies of the section was an unnecessary step. I don't trust instances to keep perfect continuity so I wish Alias had a radial array tool that kept construction history.

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