Two Ways to Model a DNA Strand in Maya

Emily Holden Looks at Two Different Ways to Model a Basic DNA Strand in Maya.

Medical Artist and Animator Emily Holden offer some insights into two different ways that you can model a DNA strand in Autodesk Maya. Her 2-part tutorial imparts two very different techniques for creating the structures.

The first way is a look at using Maya’s Animated Snapshot to set of the ladder-like structures of the DNA strand. The second way aims at using the twist deformer to create the classic helical shapes needed.

Overall, there could be a few ways to model DNA; perhaps one could make use of Maya’s motion graphics toolkit. There are also some scripts that will let you create DNA parametrically.

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