3D Designing a Basketball Net in a 3D Modeling

 |  Devyani Nagare

How to 3D Design a Basketbal Net in SelfCAD

In this article, we are going to 3D design a basketball net in SelfCAD. We are going to start with a cylinder where we shall modify it using the various tools of SelfCAD. So, let’s get going!

Step‌ ‌1:‌ Creating a 3D design Shape of the Basketball Net 

Let’s start with 3D designing the basic shape of the circular basket. First,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌activate‌ ‌the‌ ‌cylinder ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌3D‌ ‌shape‌ ‌category‌(P+Y) so that we begin 3D designing the basketball net. We are selecting the top radius a little bigger than the bottom radius.  Set the parameters; Bottom Radius to 30, Height to 60, Horizontal Segment to 5, Vertical Segment to 25. Finalize the Cylinder. 

Modifying the Cylinder to Create the 3D design

As you can see in the image, we have created a 3D design almost similar to the basketball net. Cylinder and Cube are the most common shapes used for creating 3D Designs or shapes. 

Step‌ ‌2:‌ 3D designing the net shape with Edge Selection

Select the Edge selection tool (Ctrl+2). Next, click on the selection setting button to change the selection settings. In the parameters, set ring selection to True. These will enable us to select the edge of the object. We will keep on selecting the edge to make it or edit it to look like a net. 

selecting the edges of the 3D model

Close the Transformation panel. As you can see in the 3D model, we have selected the edges.

Step‌ ‌3:‌ Twisting the Edges in a certain direction

Evidently, the edges of the 3D model selected are straight, but we want a net connection. For that, we will bend the edges with the help of Twist. Twist helps to bend or mold the shape in different shapes as we want. From the Deform category, choose Twist (D+W). Set Y to 60, and close the Transformation Panel.

More about setting up the directions: We have direction lines at the right bottom corner in the workspace. These are X, Y, and Z. As we have to twist the edges with respect to the Y-direction. Direction plays a vital role in 3D Designing. With little basics of angle, direction, and rotation, you can easily create the model. 

Twisting the direction of the edges of the 3D model

Step‌ ‌4:‌ 3D designing the Cross Net

In this step, we are going to separate the net from a solid model.  We have already selected the Profile_1 that is just the twisted edges. Next, click on Copy to copy the selected object (Ctrl+C).  

Further modification of the 3D model to create the net

Choose Mirror tool from Utilities Category (U+I). Set Copy to True. This is to copy the previously made profile. We will get the cross-net profile with the mirror tool as shown in the 3D designs below.

Two copies of the 3D model created using the mirror tool

Finalize the Mirror. We get the 3D design of the net as shown below. 

The net after finalizing the mirror tool

With this, we are merging both the 3D models of the nets. Choose the Move tool (M) and set Z to 0.

Merged version of the 3D models

In this way, we have created the 3D design of the cross net. 

Step‌ ‌5:‌ Merge both the Profiles that we have 3D designed

Select Object Selection (Ctrl+0). Next select Profile_1(1) and profile_1 is already selected. Choose Merge Object in Utilities Category from Toolbar (U+E). 

Demonstration of the merge object tools

 

3D Objects after merging

Step‌ ‌6:‌ Separating Solid 3D Object from the net.

Select the Inverse Selection Button to inverse the selection (R+I). Next, choose the Delete button to Delete the object (Del).

In this way, we deleted the solid 3D object and we got the cross net as shown in the 3D design below.

The design after separating

Step‌ ‌6:‌ Converting Net into a 3D Model

As shown in the above image, we have already got the shape of a net, but of course, it is not 3D. Now we will Activate the 3D-Sketch from the Drawing Category and choose 3D Sketch (K). Here in the Tool Panel, choose Circle (K+C). This is to create a 3D of the net. 

Start selecting the point. Close the 3D Sketch Transformation Panel. Next, select the object: choose just the created object that is profile_2. 

The profile

Next, Activate the Follow Path: In the toolbar, choose Tool Category and select the Follow Path (T+P). Click to Finalize the Path. 

The object after finalizing the follow path tool

We have created the 3D object. 

Step‌ ‌7:‌ Activate Stitch and Scoop

Choose Stitch and Scoop in the toolbar (B). Then choose Union (B+U) then finalize the Union. 

Activating the stitch and scoop tool

Now click on the Inverse Selection Button to inverse the selection (R+I). Next, click on the Delete button to Delete the object (Del). We just deleted the profile we used to create the Follow Path that we don’t need anymore. 

Step‌ ‌8:‌ Create a top and a bottom round bar that will hold the net

Let’s create another new object: Activate Torus: Choose Torus from the 3D shape category on the Toolbar (P+T). Set the Parameters: Set tube Radius 2, Position Y to 58. Finalize the Torus. 

Creating the top and bottom sections that will hold the net

Again Activate Torus: Choose Torus from the 3D shape category on the Toolbar (P+T). Set the Parameters: Set Ring Radius 30, Tube Radius to 2. Finalize the Torus. 

The shape after finalizing torus

Now click on the Inverse Selection Button to inverse the selection (R+I). Next, click on the Move button (M). Set y to 2. Close the Transformation Panel. 

Step‌ ‌9:‌ Activate Stitch and Scoop

Activate Stitch and Scoop: Choose Stitch and Scoop in the toolbar (B). We will Activate Union: From the Tool panel, choose Union (B+U). Finalize the Union. 

Activating the stitch and scoop tool

We got our Final 3D-Model of BasketBall Net. 

Conclusion:

3D designing is all about playing around with various tools of the 3D modeling software. We have managed to 3D design the basketball net using the various tools of SelfCAD. After creating the 3D design, you can 3D print it if you own a 3D printerIn case you are stuck while using SelfCAD, you can check out the Interactive tutorials of SelfCAD. They are a great resource for learning 3D modeling for both beginners and even experts.
 


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