Power SubD-NURBS is a modo Plug-in that allows you to convert Subdivision Surface meshes created in modo into NURBS-based CAD formats and then export directly to standard CAD systems. This allows modo to be used as a flexible conceptual modeling tool at the initial stage of the design process, where modo’s ability to quickly create organic shapes is especially useful. With this Plug-in you can freeform model a variety of design alternatives in modo and then transfer them to your CAD system for further refinement and engineering.
The combination of modo and the Power SubD-NURBS Plug-in offers new conceptual modeling opportunities for designers in the automotive, aerospace, architectural, and consumer product goods industries.
Power SubD-NURBS was developed for Luxology by IntegrityWare, located in San Diego, CA. It bridges the gap between Subdivision Surface modeling and NURBS modeling, unifying free-form conceptual design with NURBS-based operations like filleting and blending. The Plug-in is available for modo 601 for use on both 32 and 64-bit Windows and for Mac OS X.
Power SubD-NURBS for modo brings my workflow to the next level. I can now combine the freedom of surface subdivision modeling with the superior accuracy of NURBS technology – the best of the two worlds! - Pascal Beeckmans
Sample Project using Power SubD-NURBS
In this project, a gas tank for a motorcycle is prototyped in modo using Subdivision Surfaces and then exported as NURBS into SolidWorks. The final result is brought back into modo for final rendering. Please note that the CAD Loader and PAD products were used in the latter phase. Images and workflow by Paul McCrorey. All Images by Paul McCrorey.
Motorcycle concept images, rendered in modo using edge rendering feature.
Arcs added to note overall flow of design.
The fuel tank concept shape was modeled using Subdivision Surfaces in modo and placed in context to assess the preliminary design.
The fuel tank concept shape was converted to NURBS and imported to SolidWorks as a feature-based solid using the .SAT format.
Final left side rendering back in modo (imported via CAD Loader as .x_b format).