For best results smooth to 43 degrees, this leaves the edges sharp and the cut out letters smooth. If you use 45 degress or above this will smooth off the corners of the cube - if that is what you want. Anywhere much below 43 and you will begin to see hard edges around the letter cuts outs. I'm using this model to run some HDRI IBL hdr tests... hence the choice of letter. But you could if you liked, use the model to spell useful words like... er... Drill or Rib or Bibbil or Brrrrrr... I don't know. Spelling has never been my strong point. Do what you like with it.
Once again - clever idea for modeling work! Very very nice one.
Join Date: 01.03.2004 Comments: 2227
Pleased you like it! They are easy to make in wings.
1. Create a cube.
2. Make all the edges hard.
3. Smooth the cube until you have enough subdivision per face to draw some letters
4. Draw letters on each face by selecting appropriate squares
5. Intrude the shape to make it hollow (allow the sides some thickness).
6. Smooth the cube some more
7. Finally bevel the hard edges.
For perfectionists... Step 4.5 is move the letters around (x,y,z) so that they sit comfortably central in each face of the cube.