Thursday 3 September 2015

How to Use Loft Compound Object in Autodesk 3DsMax

With Loft compound object in Autodesk 3Ds Max we can create really complex mesh with the help of different shapes like circle, star or rectangle. The important and powerful feature of this tool is you don't have to maintain a same number of vertex for all the shapes that you take as the operands.

First we have to take two different kind of shape. One as a path and other / others as profile shape. In this lecture we took a star shape and two circle of different size for the profile shapes and a spiral line as a path shape. Now first select the spiral shape and the apply loft on it. Then we can turn on the "Pick shape" option from the parameter of the loft and then select the base shape, which is in this case, the small circle. Now before we take the next shape we have to decide where that shape should be fit in. We can change the value of the "Path" from the "Path Parameter" and then select the next shape by again turning on the "Pick Shape" option. Now the loft tool will automatically create a geometry by joining the those two shape.

After creating the geometry, we can even manipulate the size of the shapes, we can use twist or taper to give it some interesting look. Follow the video to know more in detail about the tool.


  1. Hi!
    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial.
    I was using Loft tool, but I was getting weird looking sufaces.

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the comment. Glad that it helped you.