Using Extrude and Spin to create a Wine Glass

A classic staple of introductory modeling examples is a 3D model created by spinning the profile around a single axis. And for good reason. The process is simple enough to be done quickly while also giving you a clear understanding of a 3D program’s way of working and “thinking.” As such, it would be remiss of me not to include such an example here. To create this model, most of the heavy lifting is done with Blender’s Extrude operator, but the magic comes together when you use the Screw modifier. »

Creating a Simple Model with Extrude and Inset

Although Ctrl+left-clicking for quick extrusion (as described in Chapter 4 of Blender For Dummies, 3rd edition) is convenient for creating rough models to start with, extruding by pressing E certainly has workflow benefits. The biggest benefit is the quick access to your other transform tools. Combined with Blender’s Inset operator (I), there’s some really powerful modeling that you can do. To illustrate the benefits of these tools, use the following steps to model a skyscraper from a single plane: »