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nurbsToSubdiv( [surface] , [constructionHistory=boolean], [name=string], [object=boolean])

Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.

nurbsToSubdiv is undoable, queryable, and editable.

This command converts a NURBS surface and produces a subd surface. The name of the new subdivision surface is returned. If construction history is ON, then the name of the new dependency node is returned as well.

Return value

string[]The subd surface and optionally the dependency node name

In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


changeSubdivComponentDisplayLevel, changeSubdivRegion, createSubdivRegion, polyToSubdiv, querySubdiv, refineSubdivSelectionList, subdCollapse, subdToBlind, subdToPoly, subdiv, subdivCrease, subdivDisplaySmoothness


constructionHistory, name, object
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
Common flags
name(n) string create
Name the resulting object
constructionHistory(ch) boolean create
Turn the construction history on or off (where applicable)
object(o) boolean create
Create the result, or just the dep. node (where applicable)

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list.

Python examples

import maya.cmds as cmds

# To create a new subd surface from a NURBS surface:
cmds.nurbsToSubdiv( 'nurbsSphere1' )

# To create a new subd surface from a NURBS surface with history so that
# the tesselation can be edited afterwards:
cmds.nurbsToSubdiv( 'nurbsSphere1', ch=True )