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  1. 5 points
    Similarly, you can place all your layers in a layer group and then be sure to select "Material" in the "Override Attributes" option. Use the white material to assign to the layer group. This method allows you to maintain the original materials while still having the option to make fake hidden line images.
  2. 3 points
    flakie

    Example Images

    Here are a couple of exhibit rendedrings.
  3. 2 points
    AndyD

    Divertismment

    Thanks Allan, Here are others divertissements:
  4. 2 points
    snow

    the instant alternative to hidden line

    hidden line is still awful and I was thinking "there must be a better way..." there is. and it's so easy I feel like a dunce that it took me 5+ years to figure it out. 1. Have a white background and turn off grid and axes. 2. Create a white material and set the reflection to constant. 3. Turn on Antialiasing in Shaded Options Done. Instant Hidden Line that is at least 100,000x faster than the real hidden line and with MUCH better results in regards to text (i didn't do a benchmark test on this, so please don't quote me). I'm literally never using the hidden line again and i am so happy about this so i needed to share.
  5. 2 points
    Justin Montoya

    Example Images

    Just sharing a little of the WIP on the bath scene Andrew and I were both playing with separately. It's been fun working through more of these VRay features. I hope the next version of VRay for FormZ gets the new features of VRay Next, which has many more GPU improvements like displacement, environment fog, etc...
  6. 2 points
    Snow A good tip, thanks!
  7. 2 points
    jwiede

    Can't load textures

    That's really a bug in my book, like it or not, a "progressive" JPG is still a perfectly legal JPG image and should load as such.
  8. 1 point
    AndyD

    Divertismment

    Hi, I made this with formZ 8.6.4 and Maxwell 4:
  9. 1 point
    it would be a nice option.
  10. 1 point
    I think I've have solved the problem along with help the replies submitted. Basically I need to choose between non planar faces, non planar edges, or edges where the facets intersect not aligning. I've chosen the latter as I can sand of the overlapping areas still keeping the points of to outside skin colinear. I've attached a file if anyone is interested or has some feedback. In answer to you last comment vva apparently a 5 axis circular saw is capable of cutting non planar faces to a small degree, but I suspect cutting 2 parts wouldn't result in a perfectly mated join between faces. Failing all the above I'll just cut steeper angles and use a thixotropic adhesive to bond them and act as a gap filler. Replied Andrew Body Sections Test.fmz
  11. 1 point
    We are building an autonomous vehicle with a body consisting of tessellated planes. I’ve created the panels as a series of planes and now want to fabricate the body from a 12mm substrate. I need to create a file conprised of each panel as a solid object for CNC cutting with a 5 axis circular saw. The problem I’m having is finding the angle where the facets meet. If I thicken each facet select the top and bottom faces and loft between them I end up with edges that are twisted planes. Is theres way to create the file using any of the tools in FormZ? I’ve attached a file of a few of the surfaces that make up a section of the body. Any help much appreciated. Thanks in advance Andrew www.gyro.co.nz Cowl_Test.fmz
  12. 1 point
    Justin Montoya

    V-Ray Render Farm

    I do not know of any VRay for FormZ specific render farms, but as you can export as a .VRSCENE file, it should render the same in any VRay platform when using that option, so theoretically, you should be able to use just about any VRay farm. I'd also like to throw my hat into the mix. I have a very robust workstation (16c/32t & 3 GPU) and a (7!) GPU render node at my disposal, which should be able to make quick work of most rendering jobs, as long as you are using the GPU renderer in VRay. Let me know if you'd like to connect on how I could help you out. Cheers.
  13. 1 point
    Great feedback everyone. I think it's safe to say there are a few different ways of doing this as fast or faster than Sketchup. That's what I love about FormZ. It's flexibility to accurately model things quickly. SketchUp is great for basic stuff, but you really need several addons before it is anywhere near as powerful as FormZ's modeling.
  14. 1 point
    AndyD

    Divertismment

  15. 1 point
    Hugo

    formZ v8.6.4 released

    I recommend not updating! I installed previous version and many is working again.
  16. 1 point
    Chris lund

    the instant alternative to hidden line

    One would have to play. Been a while, but last time I did any significant auto trace work, it was quite difficult to balance getting good corners vs smooth curves. If I got the proper curves, then corners would always have to be manually cleaned up. Where this was the most obvious, was on text. Text being the technical part, may be comparable to what you would want on a CAD drawing. That being said, Auto trace may have come a long way since then.
  17. 1 point
    snow

    the instant alternative to hidden line

    True. I think a workaround for that is to change the image options to something high-res, export image to tiff, place this image in Illustrator, and run Image Trace. Depending on the model and how much tinkering needs to be done, this would probably be faster than letting hidden line grind out a rendering for 10+ minutes.
  18. 1 point
    allanjl

    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Also, Justin gave me a great tip a while back: Be sure to go to your workspace manager, under the Workspace menu and deselect "save between sessions". It improved things for me a whole lot.
  19. 1 point
    Justin Montoya

    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Martin- I am 99% certain that you have accidentally turned on 'Mirror' under the Edit Texture Map tool. Only RenderZone reads this setting and will render as you have shown, with Shaded and VRay correct, and RZ showing mirrored.
  20. 1 point
    Tech

    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Martin, We will certainly look into this. What does it look like in V-Ray? Its possible that V-Ray and RZ my be fighting each other and confusing the shaded texture. Can you send your example model and textures to support@formz.com? Its always better to work with real data! Thanks!
  21. 1 point
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    Very nice job. The lighting is very realistic and inviting. If I may make a couple of suggestions I would personally change the aspect ratio to show a little less ceiling and a bit more floor. Then add a spot light fixture for the light on the painting and perhaps water in the tub. The cabinetry is quite a dark void and it gets a bit lost without some definition. These are just personal comments. Technically the image is great. Keep up the good work. Are you using IES lights for your spot? Here is a bath that Justin and I did this week just for fun. Playing around with the fur tool and displacements.
  22. 1 point
    (Tried posting this in the LAB topic to no avail) The last SDK posted is quite old (8.5.x). Can we please get a more recent updated version of the formZ SDK for 8.6.x, or a reason why not? Also, why isn't the SDK automatically generated and released along with new revisions of the app? It's kind of discouraging that the SDK isn't being kept current. Thanks! -John W.
  23. 1 point
    -andrew-

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    Symmetry tools.
  24. 1 point
    Folks, we're at 8.6.3 now, could we PLEASE get a more recent SDK update?!?! Thanks!
  25. 1 point
    AHDD Designer

    2D CAD functionality

    I'm used to draw very often in 2d. Either at the beginning of a project to get the proportions under control or at the end of a project to get explanatory illustrations. Unfortunately, the software tools that they have fulfilled a few years ago are disappearing with time, because they can no longer keep up with the developments of the new computer systems, or are no longer being developed further. I used to like «Graphite» from Ashlar so far. But the current version is very inadequate under High Sierra. Unfortunately, the current 2d environment of FormZ is no longer as useful for me as it was under FormZ 6. It would be great to get a simple 2d environment with version 9, which features intelligent drawing tools similar to the «Drafting Assistant» in Graphite.
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