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  • Writer's pictureAlexandre Alin

Modeling tips in Maya 03 - How to Move an E-Pole or a 5-Edge Pole in Modeling

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

When it comes to 3D modeling, one of the challenges that artists face is working with poles, specifically 5-edge poles(E-poles). These poles can be difficult to work with because they can cause deformation issues and make it hard to create clean topology. However, with a few simple techniques, you can learn how to move a 5-edge pole in modeling and improve your modeling skills. So here's my third modeling tips in Maya.

What are E-Poles and 5-Edge Poles?

Before we dive into how to move an E-pole or a 5-edge pole, let's define what they are. An E-pole is a vertex that connects to five or more edges. It's called an E-pole because it looks like the letter "E" when viewed from certain angles. A 5-edge pole is a vertex that connects to exactly five edges.

Both of these types of poles can cause issues when modeling because they can create unwanted creases and distortions in the mesh. It's important to know how to work with these poles to avoid these issues and create clean topology.

Moving an E-Pole


Working with E-poles and 5-edge poles can be a challenge in 3D modeling, but with these techniques, you can learn how to move them and create clean topology. By avoiding unwanted creases and distortions in the mesh, you can create models that look better and are easier to work with. Give these techniques a try in your next modeling project and see how they can improve your skills.

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