Bottle Cap Tutorial Creating a Metal Pop Top with Rhinoceros 3D

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This is a fairly detailed tutorial written for beginning and intermediate level users. Its primary goal is to teach you some of the modeling skills you will need to create a variety of objects with Rhinoceros 3D, not to mention showing you how to model a bottle pop-top.

Alan-ASD on 7:15PM Sun, 27 April 2003


Software Used: Rhino 2.0
(Image above rendered in Bryce 5)
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Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

If you have already created a glass soda or beer bottle in Rhino and are looking to put a cap on it, great, youre in the right place. If you dont have a bottle, dont worry. You can create the cap first and then make a bottle to fit it later if you like. Or maybe you just need a cap, minus the bottle.

Seriously, though, the goal of this tutorial is to teach you some of the Rhino modeling skills you will need to create a variety of 3D objects beyond just a bottle cap.

Throughout this tutorial I will be referring to Rhino commands by their names and location in the Rhino menus. (Example: Transform>Array>Along Curve. Transform is the menu title, Array is the sub menu title or general command name, and Along Curve is the commands specific name.) This does not mean you shouldnt familiarize yourself with and use the button versions of the commands on the toolbars, or use the keyboard shortcuts, or try typing commands in the command line. Please do so. :-) By doing so you will increase the speed with which you use Rhino and create models.

Tutorial Comments

darkred  6:11PM Fri, 18 May 2007

thx 4 the tutorial,better than my rhino are detailed and straight to the point.and yup learning techniques along the way.keep it up,keep us posted for more tutorials

tre  10:45AM Thu, 06 October 2005

xielixjj  4:55AM Tue, 02 December 2003

Polax  11:23AM Fri, 24 October 2003

Thanks a lot for your very detailed tutorial, I'm a dilettante with rhino and must admit your rational approach gives better results and I discovered tools I never tried before. It is clear enough but for the totally beginners, maybe it would be good to give precisions such as the initial distances from the origin of the guide circles.. the part with the points to split the edges is tricky also... I didn't manage the arcTTr of the start I used cicle,2circles instead...anyway it was a great help thanks again.