I was hoping that “intersecting milk cartons” were already a thing. But, alas, no example seemed to exist online. So, for the 5th and final day of “Polyhedral Milk Carton Week,” I had to make it myself.
What are we looking at? My 3D animation showing the intersection of two gable-top milk cartons. They intersect in (more or less) the same manner as a polyhedral compound of two cubes.
Of course, milk cartons are not cubes. They’re more like rectangular prisms. And it wasn’t at all obvious (to me) what the intersection would look like with taller shapes.
So prior to making the animation above, I made this “maquette” using two actual gable top cartons. (You can see the evidence of my trial-and-error geometry on the left hand carton.)
Clearly my maquette was not ready for prime time. I figured a 3D rendering would be a better way of presenting my hypothetical dual container. 3D rending, however, is outside of my usual wheelhouse. What software could I download and quickly learn just enough to do this one thing? [Read more…]