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Creating Tube!!

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How to produce a graphical representation of a "elastic sided tube" or EST (for want of a better description!). The EST is created by connecting two end frames together using an elastic material to form a tube. The two end frames are made from a thin wireframe. Each student will be allocated different shaped end frames, so for example you may be told to use a square at one end and a circle at the other. So then the elastic material is glued to the square frame at one end and stretched to attach to the circle at the other end. This will then produce a hollow tube which is square at one end and circular at the other with a simple transition in between (the transition does not need to totally realistic ie no curved section along the transition needs to be included). How to actually join to two frames together...like what function do i use?? pls give advice!! Thank you!!

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How I would do it is this:
First make sure you have the same number of vertices on the circle as the square (if you are using a circle and square).
This will allow you to draw a triangle strip (or quad, or triangles, whichever you like) between the two since there is a matching number of vertices on both ends of the tube. This will create a straight sided tube. It's simple but it will work I suppose!

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