3D Studio Max

3D Studio Max (3dsmax) is a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering tool.
It is owned by Autodesk, an United States (San Rafael, California) based company.

More information about 3D Studio Max can be found at: http://www.autodesk.com/3dsmax/
Note: A free 30 days trial version can be downloaded from the Autodesk site.

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Create an egg (using lathe).

This guide is based on 3D Studio Max 7.

  1. Draw an ellipse.

    3DSMax 7: Select eclipse.

    • Select in Create panel: Shapes button.
    • Press button: Ellipse
    • In the Keyboard Entry rollout, enter:


      3DSMax 7, Keyboard entry.

    • Press Create button

  2. Shape the Ellipse into an egg.

    • In the top viewport, right click on the created ellipse to display a quad menu.

      3DSMax 7: Ellipse.

      3DSMax 7: Right click on ellipse to display menu

    • Select menu: Convert To: | Convert to Editable Spline

      3DSMax 7: Convert to Editable Spline

    • Again, right click on the created ellipse to display a quad menu.
    • Select menu: Refine

      3DSMax 7: Refine

    • Add two vertices in the displayed locations.

      3DSMax 7: Add vertices on ellipse

    • Select on toolbar: Select and Move

      3DSMax 7: Button Select and Move

    • Select the created vertex on the right. Select the Y-axis and move it slightly down.

      3DSMax 7: Move vertice

    • Do the same for the created left vertex If needed you can also move the top or bottom vertex resp. up or down.

      3DSMax 7: Egg 2D

  3. The 2D egg image must be rotated around is Y-axis, to create an egg shape.

    • Select the egg image.
    • Select the Modify panel:

      3DSMax 7: Modify

    • Open the Modifier List and select Lathe (NOT Lattice). In the perspective view you should the egg.

      3DSMax 7: Egg 3D