Blender 3D: Noob to Pro/Simple Vehicle: MudTires
|Applicable Blender version: 2.75a.|
There are 2 tutorials for the tires. This and the previous tutorial. The first is basic but this is a more complicated tutorial with a total of 4 different versions.
Congratulations on making it this far; you've proven you have what it takes to finish this book. At this point you don't need me explaining the simple things like the differences between or how to select vertices, edges or faces. Feel free to swivel the camera this way and that. I'll leave it to you to decide when to turn snap on or off "Limit Selection to visible". At every step I hope you think, “Ah-ha, now it looks more like a tire!” since that's essentially what I did. I'm writing this tutorial because I don't want this book to become outdated. Also... I really like tires!
Build the Tire
This is the real world wheel we'll be modelling. It has three parts: 1) tire 2) rim 3) hub. We'll create the wheel laying down starting with the tire and working our way in.
In edit mode delete the default cube and hit "7NUM" to go to the top view.
Center the cursor and add cylinder with 32 vertices, radius 4, and depth 2. Set Cap Fill Type to nothing. Turn increment snap on.
Next we will make a series of cylinders which will become the tire and the rim. Extrude the cylinder inwards by pressing EKEY -> ESC -> SKEY -> .9 enter. Do this a total of two times. Next, extrude another cylinder inwards by pressing EKEY -> ESC -> SKEY ->.8 enter.
Unselect Unselect everything ("AKey") then select only the vertical edges of the innermost cylinder.
Merge collapse (Alt M >> Collapse) these vertical edges to create a circle that's vertically in the center of the other cylinders.
Select the inner ring and extrude this circle inwards with EKEY → ESC → SKEY → .4. Move this inner circle down some with GKEY → ZKEY → -0.5 → enter. Extrude the inner circle up EKEY → ZKEY → 0.5 → enter Extrude size that circle in EKEY → ESC → SKEY → 0.25 → enter Move inner circle up GKEY → ZKEY → 0.15 → enter and lastly FKEY to make a face in the inner circle.
To be safe before saving highlight all and remove doubles. We can add different types of tread to this simple tire. If you're feeling ambitious come up with your own tread design. Save now your work.
Finish your tire several versions
Working on the vertical faces of the outermost cylinder in face select mode.
Subdivide the outer faces one time, and rotate, with Z-Lock, the newly created central edge by 12.
Stager select every other outer face and extrude size out 1.15 ("Ekey" then "Enter" then S and then 1.15). Make sure your sizing outward from the center of the wheel.
What you can also do is "Ekey" then "Enter" then Alt+E click on individual faces, 1.15 and then "S key" scale it down some points.
This tread is a little trickier but the extra work is worth it.
Subdivide the outer faces and change the number of cuts to 2. There are now 96 outer faces. Think of these as being on 3 levels bottom middle and top.
Select 2 of the bottom faces skip 4 faces then select 2 more go all the way around the circle. The pattern for the middle level is select 2 skip one select 2 starting at the top left vertex of the bottom level. The pattern of the top is the same as the bottom select 2 skip 4 start at the top right vertex of the middle level just not the same middle selection that the bottom is... see the picture :)
Extrude size out 1.15 from the center of the wheel "Ekey" then "Enter" then S then 1.15)
Evenly loop-cut the faces of the outer cylinder
CTRL-R, center the mouse on the outer cylinder -> Enter -> Enter. Now subdivide the outer cylinder. There are now 3 inner edges. rotate, with Z-Lock the top inner edge by 12 and the bottom inner edge by -12.
This time make a Z-pattern with the faces and extrude size out by 1.15 from the center of the wheel "Ekey" then "Enter" then S then 1.15).
To get the wheel standing up lock the y axis and rotate everything 90°
The wheel object as well as the wheel mesh are both named Cylinder in the outliner lets rename both Wheel. Right click the name and select rename
Lets add a sub modifier and set shading to smooth.
Crease the hub edges. Shift EKEY 1 enter. By the way the easiest way to remove a crease is just to add a negative crease. Shift EKEY -1.
Now for some color. By the way, think of diffuse as being the base color and specular as being the reflected color. If your curious about words like lambert and fresnel just look them in your favorite dictionary.
In the properties menu select the materials icon.
Create three material slots by clicking the plus button that's above the minus button 3 times.
Select each material slot and click new to add a material to it. Name the first material Rim, the second Tire and the last Hub.
We'll leave the rim default white. Select Tire and change the diffuse color to almost black RGB of 0.010 and the specular intensity to 1. This gives our tire a very shiny black look. Give the hub a dull gray look by setting the diffuse color to RGB 0.05.
The first material added becomes the default material for the entire object. So we only need to select the parts of the wheel mesh that are not rim.
Select the tire that's the two outer cylinders- with the tire material highlighted click assign.
To make selecting the hub easier close the subsurf eye in either the properties or outliner menu. Assign the hub material to the hub mesh. I've left adding the red hub oil seal up to you.
Thats it! Hopefully my instructions weren't to painful. Be sure to save and good luck!
If you want you can create a more complex tire. Otherwise you can skip this.
Creating a more complex tire
Start by loading a basic cylinder and rotating it so it rests on its side.
Next, remove the faces from the top, and bottom of the cylinder.
Now Press the num5 key to enter orthographic view.
Then press num7 to view the front of the cylinder.
Then click on "Loop cut and Slide" in the tools shelf and make a cut of ".5" to each side as shown in the picture (ctrl+R -> 3 -> Enter -> Enter) select the middle then (X -> edge loops).
Next, make 2 more cuts .4 on each side (ctrl+R -> 4 -> Enter -> Enter) select the unneeded then (X -> edge loops), then 2 more .9 on each side as shown (ctrl+R -> 9 -> Enter -> Enter) select the unneeded then (X -> edge loops).
Next, press the b key to enter box select mode.
you will want to select all the middle faces.
Next. type "S key" then X or Y, dependent on direction your cylinder is in, then .5
Then press the A key to select everything, then "S key" -> X or Y, and type .5 to squish the whole wheel.
Then use the "B key" to reselect the middle faces. Now, with the Middle faces still selected rotate them so they look similar to the picture shown by typing "R key" "X key" or "Y key" and then"10".
Next, select all the faces beside the middle and in the middle and rotate them all in the opposite direction so it looks similar to the picture shown by typing "R key" "X key" or "Y key" and then"-10".
Next press the A key to unselect everything.
Then start selecting faces as shown in the picture. Continue this all the way around the wheel leaving 1 space of unselected faces in-between each row.
With the faces selected press "Shift+S" then "Cursor to Center" then EKEY then ESC and then "S key" to scale them. While scaling type ".9" then press enter.
Next, select all of the side edges as shown and Then Press the "S key" and type .7 then press enter.
Then type the "S key" and type "1.5" to move both sides outward slightly.
Type "E key" then "Enter" , then the "S key" type "0.75" as shown in the image.
Feel free to add the hub cap from the previous wheel, or one of your own design.