Organic character modeling
T-Splines simplifies 3D Model creation for toy designs.
Paraglobal is a Portuguese company
specializing in mold-making, plastic design
and engineering. One of Paraglobal’s main
areas of expertise is the design and manufacturing
of highly organic products for automotive
components, toys, and other uses.
This project was completed in collaboration between Ricardo Amaral from
Modellistica and Sérgio Silva from Paraglobal.
T-Splines can easily handle organic
objects, and gives the designer optimal levels of
control in each area of the surface. The entire
surface stays smooth, and is immediately ready
In an industry that has traditionally been
dominated by hand sculpting, Paraglobal is
increasingly incorporating digital tools in its
production process.There are a number of
benefits from using digital models: it’s easier
to archive data, share data with clients, and
explore design alternatives.
But Paraglobal has struggled to find a 3D
package that can accurately make their
organic models in a format that can be
manufactured into a mold, at a price they can
afford. Paraglobal considered several established
industrial design packages, but the
hefty pricetag (many thousands of dollars)
made this impractical.
The solution: T-Splines
Then Paraglobal discovered a new solution,
based on the familiar Rhinoceros® software
the company has relied on for years:
T-Splines for Rhino. T-Splines can easily
handle organic objects, and gives the designer
optimal levels of control in each area of
the surface. The entire surface stays smooth,
and is immediately ready for manufacturing.
The following tutorial came out of collaboration
from Sérgio Silva at Paraglobal
and Ricardo Amaral at Modellistica and
shows how to use T-Splines for organic
shape creation. This cow is part of a set of didactic
toy animals that Paraglobal is currently
developing for children.