I wish to create an animation of light pulses moving around an optical cpu, however my experience with Blender is very small. I thought since this is a large project for me it would be a good idea to get some tips to get me started on the right track.
If you were trying to model something like this: http://www.esa.int/images/Photonics_circuit_Large.jpg
how would you do it? At the moment I am extruding a bezier rectangle along a bezier path (something like this: http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Tutorials/Curves/Extrude_Along_Path) which seems to work ok, but I thought there might be a better way.
Since eventually I intend to animate light pulses moving around the waveguides or tracks in the figure above, is there anything I should be doing at the modeling stage to save time later?