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  1. 7 points
    setz

    what's new webinar

    Modo and FZ are great companions. I use modo for complicated organic subdivision cage modeling (because it has really good soft selection tools) and then bring the object into FZ where I convert to subdivision and then convert into nurbs. Works really well at creating super complicated organic nurbs shapes that can then be further worked on in FZ with booles etc. Many parts of the mech were done this way (some are pure FZ hard surface modeling.) The parts in this model ended up as separate nurbs solids exports for CNC machining.
  2. 3 points
    Alan Cooper

    what's new webinar

    Another video showing organising a piece of furniture in FormZ for orderly construction. Plus some other tips.
  3. 2 points
    Alan Cooper

    what's new webinar

    I'm a furniture designer/maker, not an architect. FWIW I will explain how we work, because who knows, it might be the direction things are going generally, and in my small workshop I am not constrained by any formalities, as do not need to present any diagrams outside of our own organisation. I employ 2 21-year old cabinetmakers one being my son who has worked for me for 18 months, and the other has worked for me for over 3 years, having started as an apprentice. They are both learning very quickly and although I keep an eye on them and point out the pit-falls in their work to warn them before accidents happen, and demonstrate any new tecniques they are unfamiliar with, they mainly get on with their work with very little intervention, producing high quality work, often working on high specification projects for millionaires locally, and they also help me to install it. The biggest challenge I have found working with young men is to maintain the discipline of continuous tidiness, but that is really a life-skill and efficiency improves with it. We don't use or need 2d diagrams. We have 3 laptops, all with a license for FZ pro. Only mine additionally has renderzone which helps me present a better illustration to our customers, not brilliant by today's standards, but I like that because absolute perfection sets a precident which goes beyond what we require, and is likely to waste time ironing out a little crinkle which doesn't matter if the overall effect is just an approximate impression of the result, especially for material rendering accuracy, time is money after all and we normally do work in the £thousands, not £tens of thousands. I produce an accurate FZ model of every bespoke piece of furniture we make, complete with properly sorted groups, a few layers, (groups are our main narrowing-down, and layers secondary, for alternative type across-groups narrowing-down) part names and numbering (very efficient with the excellent part name plugin). I do not put any measurements in the models. Either I or the lads use the Information Management part of the program to produce complete cutlist outputs from FormZ and import that (slightly adjusted) output into Cutlist Plus Platinum edition. The lads are familiar with which type of part requires a trimming allowance as they cut out the material from the dimensioned layout illustrations in Cutlist Plus and they label the part number (which starts with group number) on the end of each part with marker pen and put into the racks. When all the parts have been cut and racked, they can use the FormZ model to construct each group. Being used to the 3d gaming world, navigating my 3d models comes naturally to them, they quickly learned my keyboard shortcuts, can isolate anything they need to view, dimension whatever they need to as they copy what they are viewing on screen into real pieces being constructed on the work-bench. Of course, they have already taken a look at each group beforehand, so any repeat operations on the spindle moulder have been performed in advance of construction. At the end of each working day, they have never wanted to save where they have got to in the CAD file. They already have a picture on their mobile phone of the screen they were last using. There is never a time when the file gets over-complicated, disordered or full of dimensions. We like the way we work and they rarely distract me while I am working on the designs for the next projects as they are constructing. When I employed older traditional cabinetmakers I had to produce fully dimensioned 2d orthographic, isometric and perspective diagrams. I no longer need to waste my time on that, except for a very basic view with some key dimensions before we go on site to install. We also use Google Drive a lot with 2 accounts so they access via 'shared with me' permission, so that there are no file-loss accidents and we name our files by year, month, day, description, save-as no. , so we keep an automatically ordered, good track of file versions in case of amendments. Survey photos automatically load onto Google photos from my phone, and any relevant collections of photos are accessible from a link in each customer project's Google document. We tried other management systems but didn't like them. Google Drive and FormZ have something in common, they are uncomplicated, do not push you into a corner to do things in a particular way with unnecessary distractions. Simple and efficient. Brilliant.
  4. 1 point
    allanjl

    Learning Form Z 9

    I remember seeing some of those videos and they excellent. I think for me, the biggest difference from 6.7.3 to 9 is the fact that in v.9 FormZ is really meant to be worked on in shaded mode. It's far more graphically oriented than 6.7.3. Watch the videos from Evan Troxel. They will be very helpful.
  5. 1 point
    Des

    what's new webinar

    Woah! Incredible model that Setz!
  6. 1 point
    SJD

    what's new webinar

    cheers Chris understood - as mentioned, I guess there are many uses for FormZ and perhaps this is why it has not really found success or popularity in any one field. Maybe if it refined it's toolsets and honed in on certain industries it might have a brighter future going forward. Personally I'm looking to advance in pure visualisation at the highest level I can (mainly for advertising) so I won't have too much need for manufacturing or engineering. I guess Modo is perfect for that. That said, FZ is still my weapon of choice for my day job 😎
  7. 1 point
    ¢hris £und

    what's new webinar

    Doh! Sorry for the misinterpretation! Yes, I agree with the last sentiment! Too, it has to do a lot with familiarity. Some people are extremely capable and efficient with hard-side modeling in Modo because they never knew better. And they will always beat somebody like me simply because I already knew formZ by 10 years roughly by the time I attempted Modo. Regardless, they are both great tools. I just think each leans heavily in the direction they want to. And justifyingly so. ¢£
  8. 1 point
    Alan Cooper

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    Thanks Chris, sounds like you have reassured me I still have, in FormZ, the best program for designing fairly simple furniture. It is way ahead of Sketchup, I know that because that is what I used previously, and Turbocad before that.
  9. 1 point
    ¢hris £und

    what's new webinar

    Alan, I still don't think that there would be anything to be disappointed about. To do hard-side modeling in Modo really takes a lot of extra effort. And even then, is only for visualization. Can't really create tool paths with its output. from formZ, you can. On the other hand, as mentioned above, its visualization capabilities are gorgeous! ¢£
  10. 1 point
    ¢hris £und

    what's new webinar

    SJD. I suppose it depends on the intent of modeling. For me, my intent is for the purpose of manufacturing and or construction. While I have done numerous hard-side models in Modo, I think formZ is far faster and efficient to do so. You always have to deliberately put in extra geometry to keep things flat. My preferred methods of modeling are SDS and NURBS. Modo definitely is better for SDS but doesn't even attempt NURBS. If I want to do a Character these days, I will undoubtedly use Modo. Though, I have done plenty of character modeling in formZ as well. If I want something more precise, fZ All the way! Sometimes I use a mix. I will Rough a shape out in Modo, then bring it into fZ and convert to NURBS for that manufacturability. While it is true that Modo is capable enough for 3D printing, it isn't capable enough for other CNC type construction. Visually, the SDS smoothing algorithm is phenomenal. but for any kind of output, including 3D printing, it is reduced to a polymesh. Not unlike a poly-DXF. Another aspect is, with formZ, it has a ways to go to catch up to Modo in terms of SDS and native rendering/surfacing and overall visualization. It remains that it has the capability to do so. I think it would be much harder for Modo to attain the manufacturability of formZ. If on the other hand, your intent is merely and solely for visualization, yea, Modo is hard to beat. Oh, and its interface is pretty great too. ¢£
  11. 1 point
    ¢hris £und

    what's new webinar

    One thing to consider, most if not all of Mathew's videos are relevant. There have been some changes and additions since then. Most of which I feel are obvious as to how they work. I will admit, however, that I would like to see an in-depth set of videos on the Draft/Layout App. One thing I wonder about it is if ADS' intent for it is a bit different than the user's expectations. Admittedly, I don't use it at all. For, when I want to dimension, the main app does what I need. That aside, I fully understand other users' needs are different than mine. Out of curiosity, however, I would like a full treatment of videos just to see if it would be useful for me. Later this fall, when my time opens up for me again, I am willing to put in the time to help other users and ADS out with what I know. Admittedly, though I have used the software now for about 25 years, I don't know it all. There are tools I have never touched, and more I touch very sparingly. My modeling skills are strong, however, in certain areas. Maybe I will even improve my presentation skills. ¢£
  12. 1 point
    CJTFORM-Z

    what's new webinar

    Hi Alan, Good effort, I think this proves quick videos even by novices aren't that daunting to make, well done & thanks for sharing. Heck.......Fz-HQ may be calling you for some help.. 😁
  13. 1 point
    Alan Cooper

    what's new webinar

    Or maybe they would be interested, but it is taking a long time to find just the right talent to execute it, as well as waiting for V9 to be fully tuned...which is sensible. I believe they are taking a slow and steady approach and patience will eventually deliver our expectations. A small business can be easier to keep control of and develop smoothly, I can identify with that.
  14. 1 point
    Bo Atkinson

    Exploded 3D Drawings

    Long ago the Independent Scale tool had an option to "scale the space between objects", such that assemblies like this bike could have axel parts moved along an axis vector line. I think this was dropped possibly before year 2000... Can Such functionality be brought back to FormZ again? In the case of the the U-Scale tool, objects should be distanced apart from the center snapped point, which actually has a useful architectural advantage , to show clients the optional object spacing in room design phases.
  15. 1 point
    AsOne

    FIX COMPONENTS!

    Please fix components with v9! It is really a necessary feature and even the most basic components crash the program every time I try to use them. I know this has been said many times over, but I will say it again. I had a long hiatus of not using FormZ and now that I'm back in it I find this very frustrating.
  16. 1 point
    gasjar

    FIX COMPONENTS!

    Ditto... My old symbol libraries are dead in storage. Trying to convert them and update them a few years ago became overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming. Everytime I try to get back to using components, crashes plague me. The symbols used to be one of the best implementations of this idea. Set up properly you could simply select one and switch it out with another without complicated interfaces, just a pop-down menu if the symbol libraries were loaded. You could also simply switch the library the symbols in a model referenced and holistically change the character of the model.The components interface is overly complicated and I don't find it as intuitive to use. Perhaps I just need to relearn and recreate 10 years worth of symbols prior to components being introduce, but it was easier to stop using the program for more than specific modelling needs than holistically designing with it. I still find it extremely powerful on the modelling front and with VRay, an immensely powerful renderer. After 25 or so years using it and teaching it, I continue to purchase the updates and swear by its strengths.
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