HardOps 0098: Californium

by TeamC in Scripts and Addons


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What is Hard Ops?

Hard Ops is a joint collaboration between myself and many other artists in attempting to streamline a hard surface workflow in Blender.

Here's an example of it in action.

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Hard Ops 8 Demo


Hard Ops is intended to be a mesh concepting tool for boolean based mesh creation. It was created to assist in creating finer surfaces with less topological constraint overhead during creation.

It is a tool for mass construction. And also mass concepting without surfacing compromise.

Hard Ops Intro Guide

Hard Ops Basic Idea

Why does Hard Ops exist?

Previously to python and scripting I was working on a book about modelling. As the book went on explaining the keys became more of a chore and as I wrote it became more apparent that some things could be "connected" together.

This is what brought about the idea for "mesh sharpening".

By simplifying a process into a step we were able to find a different way to approach modelling that allows for flexibility and a streamlined workflow for Hard Surface creation. And this expanded into an entire toolset with on screen huds. Helpers for important options and special tools intended to speed up the modelling experience.

The users themselves have shown the benefits of using an add-on as an educational aid to assist with modelling.

Hard Ops User Gallery

What does Hard Ops do?

Hard Ops has utilities for things ranging from cutters to sharpeners. It it currently a menu, panel and pie menu all doing the same thing offering a workflow for making hard surface faster and easier.

It also has edit mode tools. Hard Ops is mainly for functions in object and edit mode.

The best demonstration of Hard Ops is in its demos. The best way to perfect the tool is extensive usage. So personally I quest to make the sexiest cube possible.

Hard Ops In Action

I have albums of art showing stuff I made while working on it alongside the team.

Personal Album

What does Hard Ops require?

An understanding of the basics can help. I prepared a recap here.

Blender Basics Recap

I also did a beginner course that is available here. Free Blender Course For Beginners

Any Demos On Hard Ops?

I did quite a few demos on my channel showing the tools in process and their evolution. I am pleased to show the evolution of Hard Ops over the course of it's development.

001 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_HT_D9eDpI

048 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVpcTnLQJ5s

006 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIyGlkOUpH4

007 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rlu8HS5EOM

008 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n7UZ-CEY8c&feature=youtu.be

Why get Hard Ops here?

Well a good amount of the proceeds go to the foundation! Also by showing your interest this tool keeps going. With every sale email I forgo sleep and continue working in pursuit of the most optimal workflow for modelling.



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Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 5 from 22 ratings by the community.

  • Christian Skjutare 5 days ago


    In truth just a the creater continously states this does nothing new, just SO much faster and easier. You can avhieve the same effects as this tool on your own. However it will take you at least 3 times longer, usually more like 5. And that is if you know what you are doing. For a beginner that wants to be able to create while ideas are fresh in the mind i cannot recommend this to much. Just you beginners not forget to learn what the meaning of the tools actually are, it makes things so easy that it might actually halt your learning. And for you experienced ones how about cutting down on all that tedious clicking. Let this tool work and not your r.s.i. acing fingers joints ;)

    Highly recommended.

  • Andy about 2 months ago

    Hard-Ops is an incredible add-on. If you are creating any kind. (and I do mean Any kind) of hard surface models, H-O is must buy.
    H-O is from the same dev/s that created the incredible "Box-Cutter"
    And just like BC, Hard-Ops is equally as comprehensive, with the "grow with you depth." in its options. And will increase your hard surface workflow tenfold.

    Again, Like with my BC review. I urged anyone looking at Hard ops, to do You-tube searches, for either of these. Or better yet try typing in "Box-Cutter, and Hard-Ops,"
    And get your "Just take my money, I really need these tools- clicking finger ready."

    Service- I had a question, and I contacted the developer, And was blown away by the effort he put into helping me achieve above and beyond what I asked.
    So the service of the Dev is on the same level as the incredible products.
    Cant ask for any more than that.
    There are some amazing add-ons available. When it comes to hard surface modelling / manipulation, both this, and Hard-Ops are at the top of the pile.
    Thank you to the dev.

  • fasdinbadas 3 months ago

    very great addon

  • darkheron 3 months ago

    This + BoxCutter is not only fantastic for boosting productivity, but it is probably the most fun you can have in Blender. The 2.8 version is working well.

  • Nawaf Al-Rawachy 4 months ago

    Fantastic tool, an excellent time saver, it allows me to automate a huge chunk of my workflow with complex hard surface modeling, it comes with mesh inserts as well if yiu are into kitbashing but I find myself never using those, overall this plugin is excellent with very smart people behind it.

  • Creditian Istani 6 months ago


  • firman ryan lim 7 months ago

    best no 1 addon for create machine and complex model. But need another addons too, like box cutter, decal machine, mesh machine, and mira tools. 5 stars.

  • Yasef 9 months ago

    An essential tool for saving time

  • Thibaut 11 months ago

    Great work, the documentation is still cumbersome to go through, making it hard to learn.

  • speed777777 11 months ago


  • Aleksandr over 1 year ago

    I like it so much!!!

  • tofmusik94 over 1 year ago

    Very Nice Addon !!! Great ;-)

  • croesus42 over 1 year ago

    A step by step tutorial will be very useful. On public demo videos somethings are going too fast to follow.

  • Coverop over 1 year ago

    This addon is must-have for every Blender user who struggles with creating a nice looking model (Bevel thing in a second!)

  • Wilson Worlako almost 2 years ago


  • Alexey Vlasov almost 2 years ago

    AAA-level addon

  • the3dcie almost 2 years ago

    Hard to not like it ! :)

  • Georjack almost 2 years ago

    Works fine with no issues and it's an amazing tool that I use it almost every time.

  • Denzyl Basterfield almost 2 years ago

    I love this addon!

  • Monte Drebenstedt about 2 years ago

    Great tool, The learning curve is very steep but other than that it is a fine tool.

  • Tomasz Szurlej about 2 years ago

    Amazing tool, just makes modelling funner when you skip some unnecessary clicking to focus on your creativity. I'm pretty much a beginner in Blender still, so it took me some time to figure the tool out. Luckily, the author has so many resources on his website, it helps a lot with learning, thanks :)


  • tcwik over 2 years ago


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