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Two animation commands can have great utility when modeling—Animated Snapshot and Animated Sweep. If these are new to you, you are in for a treat. Both are found in Animate in the animation menu set. Animated Snapshot creates a copy of an animated object at selected frames along its performance. This can be used for abstraction or modeling utility if the animation is set up for that purpose. Animation derived from Expressions or IK will not be respected, though, so use Edit, Keys, Bake Simulation first. Animated Sweep differs in that is uses curves only, but it has the strength of being able to construct a monolithic surface from the animation. It is conceptually an extrude based on an animated path. Both of these are processing-intensive, but performance can be improved by turning off Construction History.

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