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3DnuTTa's Rim Design Tutorial by 3DnuTTa 3DnuTTa's Rim Design Tutorial by 3DnuTTa
Here is a tutorial I have put together on designing wheels, the tutorial is done in Maya 7, but I’ll try and keep techniques as broad as possible so you can follow it in any other 3D applications.

Note: Please note I've not studied car design, so these are just my methods and probably have some faults, so I'm sorry if it's not the best =)

edit: I have added a new step, all comments welcome :)
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:iconnostramis:
nostramis Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow!!!
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:icondigitalstory:
digitalstory Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
How do you create the surface from image 4 (curves) to 5 (mesh)? This doesnt seem to be explained?
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I wrote this as a quick design tutorial rather than a modeling tutorial which there are a lot out there.
I would recomend starting with one of the spokes, create a poly plane, then snap the points to the two curves.
You can then cut this and snap the new points or extrude n snap. That will get you started...
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digitalstory Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
I appreciate it, thanks :)
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rawfishy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
this is just plain :iconawedanceplz:
AWESOME!
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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jha112 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
thanz
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:icondragonswordxiaolong:
DragonSwordXiaoLong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Hi there,
Please tell me this works on C4D? i would like to try ;)
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't used C4D enough to know, but I would be suprised if it didn't.
The tools will possibly have different names tho...
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DragonSwordXiaoLong Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Humm.. i understand i will look forward and try this tutorial of yours when i finish it i will show you the results ;)

Thank you for your reply ;)
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sure :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
:deviation: This deviation has been featured in my journal.
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
:thumbsup:
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:iconollite20:
ollite20 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hi again! I'm in the process of modeling my first wheel here.

I do think you should've made the additional steps 4 and 5. I'm pretty much clueless on how exactly you did the modeling. Very distracting to first see only curves and then BOOM there's an almost full 3d model in the next step!
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, this was developed for artist that already had an understanding
of 3D modeling and was more focusing on techniques to help design wheels.
I figured there were plenty of resources on the modeling side.
Time permitting I will be adding to this accordingly,
thanks for your input :)
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ollite20 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Funny thing cos I can't seem to find any. :D For Maya at least. I guess they're not coming up on google search.

I got the base model made though. Now it's the rim frame and lip up next.
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
They are out there...
Have a look here for another source: [link]
They have at least 1 in Max, techniques are the same :)
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ollite20 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh that's an excellent site! Thanks for the link.
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No problems... :)
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dlLshadow Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
i'm working on a rim right now for a bmw 3 series but having problems. How did you get from step 4 till 6 ??

thx
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
sorry, that modeling 1 basic spoke, duplicating the mesh as in step 3...
Sorry was quite brief on this section.
Was more trying to show the techniques in broad strokes ;)
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Cycro101 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008   Digital Artist
im doing this tutorial im Maya 8.5, but i cant find an "instancing" function, so i pretty much cant move on from step 1. Help me if you can please!
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
its under edit - then next to duplicate special click on the box
Within there you will find instance...
Good luck :)
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ragingpixels Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   Digital Artist
lol, i tried making your rim, i use cinema 4d, anyway i failed miserably, so I twisted it...sorry, take a look here:
[link]
i'll try it again some time in the future.
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SailorSedna Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
i haven't got much experience in nurbs modelling, so i don't really understand how u went with putting the curves together and making them into surfaces ^^;;
perhaps u can add that info for noobs like me? it rly would help thx ^-^ i only have experience with polygonal modelling atm
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
There is no nurbs modeling involved here, I am simply using the nurbs curves to
lay out the design for the wheel quickly, then I used poly modeling for making it...
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ThrillaGorilla Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Very nice thanks for this!
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Kimura-Shinjiru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
One thing...in the tutorial it doesn't seem to really explain how you made the center part of the wheel where the spokes connect and where the lug nuts go. If you felt like adding to the tutorial that would be a really nice bit of info.!
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks,

Maybe some time I have some free time :)
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Kimura-Shinjiru Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial! Although my wheel design is done differently, and more simple, I used the tutorial to create the rims.

My very first 3D car now has a set of wheels! Thanks!
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ClessAlvien Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Student
you don't know designing cars? Are you sure? Cos your design is very original and we can normally call it as a professional design. I appreciate your work and thanks for share your knowledge. Cheers.
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well I have always been a big fan of cars and always wanted to get into car design but I now do it virtually instead. I have no formal car design training, just a passion for it and a really big collection of car pics and magazines :)
Glad you like it and find it useful.
Still haven't had anyone send a link to what they have made with these tutorials :)
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TrealAirBorne Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
great man! would love to see more tutorials from you!
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
good, there are more on the way :) Thanks!
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motorsport Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
thanks for sharing,i am new to 3d modeling and this will be a great help!
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
no worries, enjoy! :)
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xXMnMXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Student Digital Artist
nice, i might use
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moniqueamber Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
wow! great tutorial, i have a 3D club ~3D-Asuarus and there is a link on there to tutorials, would you allow me to link my 3D members to this tutorial? :smooch:
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3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
sure :)
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portwolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
now this is sum serious shit! ill be savin this for a while if you dont mind..
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:icon3dnutta:
3DnuTTa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
feel free and if you make anything from it, send me a link aliright? :D
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