This video looks at creating production quality surfaces and solids from 2D design intent and focuses on a ceramic coffee pot. In many design disciplines, including the ceramics industry, it’s often the case that much 2D design work is done before being progressed to 3D and this tutorial follows that methodology. The starting point is an existing 2D CAD drawing presented in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll look at bringing the Illustrator artwork directly into Rhino and explaining the key differences between Illustrator’s cubic Bezier curves and Rhino NURBS before moving on to quickly reconstruct some of the major construction curves in Rhino. The emphasis then is on creating high quality surfaces relatively quickly from the minimum of curve input before assembling a watertight solid model suitable for production. In this first video in the series of three we specifically look at the following:

Import 2D Illustrator data into Rhino;
Differences between Illustrator cubic Bezier curves and Rhino NURBS curves;
Re-create main construction curves in Rhino;
Build high quality surfaces from minimal curve input;
Main Body Surface and Handle Creation

In the next video we’ll look at Creating the Spout ‘A’ Surface; Creating the Lid ‘A’ Surface and how to Create the ‘B’ surfaces manually to allow for varying wall thickness.