Houdini 19.5 Shelf tools

Tube shelf tool

Creates open or closed tubes, cones, or pyramids.

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Placing a Tube in the viewer

To...Do this

Place the tube anywhere in the scene

  1. Click the Tube tool on the Create tab.

  2. Move the cursor into the scene view.


    You can hold Alt to detach the tube from the construction plane.

  3. Click LMB to place the tube anywhere in the scene view.

    If you press Enter without clicking, Houdini places the tube at the origin.

Place the tube at the origin

Press ⌃ Ctrl + LMB on the Tube tool on the shelf.

Tube Handles

There are special handles available at the geometry level for the tube object that allow you to change the radius of the individual circumferences.

End Cap

You can cap the ends of a tube by turning on the End Cap checkbox on the operation controls toolbar. However, the caps are not automatically fused to the tube. You can fuse the points by using the Fuse tool on the Polygon tab of the shelf.

For specific parameter help see the Tube node help.

See also

Shelf tools

Using the shelf

  • Customize the shelf

    How to change the look of the shelf, change and rearrange its contents, and create your own shelf tools.