CheckMate Pro v2: Lowering Poly Count On SubD Models

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, CheckMate

Subdivision models naturally have more polygons than realtime models because of holding edges and good edge flow overall. However, it’s important to realize that a really well-made subdivision model often has fewer polygons than a non-subdividable model.

The following two images show a model of a Dimplex grill. On the left is the original model an artist created. He tried to make the model so it didn’t need subdivision when used as a background or mid-range object.…

CheckMate Pro v2: Subdivision Topology Requirements

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, Artists, CheckMate, Industry News

To help you pass CheckMate Pro v2 certification faster for subdividable models, here is a summary of the topology requirements. Please refer to the links for more detailed information, and also to the CheckMate Pro v2 Checklist.

Topology Requirements

  • Grid pattern for edges wherever possible. By this we mean have as close to 90-degree angles between edges as possible while still retaining the shape and flow of the model.

CheckMate Pro v2 Checklist

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, Artists, CheckMate, Industry News, TurboTips

CheckMate inspector Corey Cambre has provided this quick checklist for artists who wish to submit their models for CheckMate Pro v2.

3D Model Requirements

  1. CheckMate Pro Tool 1 script: Check for quads/tris only, no isolated vertices, other fail points.
  2. Decide if your model is to be submitted as subdividable or realtime.
  3. Real-world scale in any units.

CheckMate Pro v2 Checker Script

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, Artists, CheckMate, Industry News, Site

CheckMate-Tool-v2We are pleased to announce that a new MAXScript is available for checking 3ds Max models for CheckMate Pro v2 compliance. The new tool works with 3ds Max version 2010 and later.

CheckMate Pro v2 Tool 2 flags possible fail points such as poles and T-vertices. Please refer to these blog posts to learn how to determine whether the flagged topology is actually a fail.…

CheckMate Pro v2 Specification: Checking Edge Flow

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, Artists, CheckMate, Industry News, TurboTips

The CheckMate Pro v2 specification requires subdividable models to have excellent edge flow. Good edge flow means you can easily select edge loops and rings, and the model subdivides extremely well. Your 3D application includes tools for testing these features.

Testing Edge Flow

Loop-SelectWith your model at the base level select an edge at random, and use your software’s built-in tools to select loops and rings from that edge.…