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Modeling a Maya Roller Coaster

...Learn from experienced instructor, Brian Heinrich, and become a master Maya modeler. The course is spread over dozens of short lessons to keep you on track. No pun intended.

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Section 1

Introduction and Initial Setup

Welcome to 'Modeling a Maya Roller Coaster'. In this series, we will cover various tools and methods to create our very own theme park ride. We will focus on creating the roller coaster itself, including the track and detailed car models, then work on the surrounding landscape: walkways, trashcans, grass, gates, flags, and turnstiles.



Modeling a Maya Roller Coaster – Course Assets

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Brief Introduction to Maya

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Setting up your project folder

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Hotkeys, setting preferences, and installing simple scripts

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Overview of using polygonal objects

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Modeling overview / workflow using nurbs surfaces

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Section 2

Creating the roller coaster track

In this second session, you will start with an empty scene and end with a fully modeled track system with supports.



Research, ideas, and concepts

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Practice with a simplified track

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Creating the track course via an initial path

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Initial path addendum

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Design the track look and feel

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Create the track geometry

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Adding height to the track path

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Creating track support: geometry

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Adding banking to turns

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Adding the track supports

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Section 3

Creating the car

In this session, you will focus on create the roller coaster car.



Car overview – Research and design

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Creating the car geometry – Base

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Refine the car base and add details

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Detailing the pipes and front bumper

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Detailing the rivets, mirrors and more

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Creating the seat base

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Adding seat details

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Seat restraints

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Wheel geometry

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Putting together the wheel assembly

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Putting the car together and adding it to the track

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Section 4

Entrance sign and ride logo

In this section, we will create a fancy entrance sign and logo for the roller coaster ride.



Sign overview and concept

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Create base sign backdrop

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Adding text and details

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Section 5

Various theme park elements

In this session, we will create extra elements to surround the coaster, including a trash can, gate, flag, turnstile, walkway, foliage and simple landscape.



Theme park elements overview

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Creating a trash can

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Creating a flag

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Creating a gate / pipe rail

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Creating a turnstile

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Creating walkways

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Creating simple foliage

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Creating simple foliage 2

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Creating a simple landscape

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Section 6

Putting it all together

In this short, final session we will bring everything together to create our finished masterpiece.



Overview

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Importing and placing elements

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Category: 3D  -   Primary Software: Autodesk Maya  -  
Tags:   maya - 3d - modeling - roller coaster -











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