Course: Modeling a Shipping Container

Learn hard-surface modeling techniques

In this Blender course you will be walked through the entire process, from start to finish, needed to model a detailed shipping container. This is a great exercise in modeling hard-surface objects in Blender.

You will learn:

  • How to work with real-world measurement units
  • How to setup reference images in the viewport for easy modeling
  • How to use modifiers for non-destructive modeling
  • How to use many of the modeling tools Blender has to offer


This course includes closed captioning.
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13 Responses to “Modeling a Shipping Container”
  1. Posts: 72

    How very cool to see a series about such a common object and get insights into it’s intricacies, helps seeing the world with new eyes. Thanks!

  2. Posts: 1
    gns5824 says:

    I just finished the beginner tutorials. very happy with the material. I’m starting this next. :)

  3. Posts: 4
    chasmfiend says:

    I’ve completed the wonderful “Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling in Blender” tutorial where we’ve created a cartoon-like plane. And it had difficulty level 1/3. This tutorial difficulty is 2/3…
    I’m just wondering if modelling a container is really harder than to model a plane? =D

    • Posts: 4218

      This tutorial is getting to be quite old now and since then our methods for ranking difficulty have changed a bit. It’s generally best to take the difficulty rating with a grain of salt (for one, 1-3 is a very broad rating).

      I would say this tutorial is more difficult in some aspects and less difficult in others. For example, this tutorial focuses on working with real world scale. This can be a bit tedious and difficult at times in Blender (although it’s easier now than it was at the time of this tutorial recording).

      I suggest you dive right in and see what you think! We’re always here to answer questions if you run into any problems.

  4. Posts: 2
    epicaod says:

    Wonderful tutorial but I am having an issue, Whenever I use cycles render the text I put on the shipping container turns out dark grey instead of that bright white I am looking for. Also I do not know how to wrap the text on the side so that it fits the curves. If you could make another part of this tutorial series showing how or give me a link to someone who already made one I would love that!

    • Posts: 4218

      If you can share what your node setup looks like for the Cycles shader then I can do my best to help you out.

  5. Posts: 1
    pythonus says:

    the overall overlapping is a rubber band that seals the shipping container from water going inside on travels, although it is painted green (you cold think this is a repainted container). the tab that goes over the rubber is a metal tab, it is used to hold both doors by holding just te right one, makes it easier to close =) just saying. nice tutorials looking forward to become a citizen to see more!

  6. Posts: 2
    David Bates says:

    I know this tutorial series, is not THAT old. but now that 2.7 is out.. does this translate well enough over to 2.7?

    • Posts: 4218

      It should translate over quite well! All of the same fundamental modeling tools and workflows are the same.

  7. Posts: 1
    lucasthe5 says:

    I wonder if there is any version of blender for android. I have an android 4.0 / 4.2 with 2 processors and 4G memory jelly bean operating system. There is a version made for android? because I think it would be better to work on the tablet than on the computer. thank you.

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