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  1. kmwhitt

    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    AHTOH - yes, I have learned my lesson - not to use TIF files. I appreciate you sending the sink file, but this is not the shape I am looking for. I could easily create what you have attached, but the shape I am trying to create is more complex and certainly not symmetrical from front to back. I was able to get what I needed using other software. I have always found FormZ too stringent when it comes to what is and is not allowed when performing certain nurbs operations. I can understand the need for these "rules" to ensure accuracy, however, sometimes you just want to turn out a shape. Thanks again to all that replied. Kevin
  2. I'm modeling a sink. I have three nurbs surfaces as shown in the attached. I need a 1" radius along the segment outlined in red. I have tried stitching the three nurbs surfaces together and using the round tool without any luck. In Rhino it is possible to offset an edge in order to split the surface a certain distance away from an adjacent surface. I could thereby use the nurbs blend tool to create my radius. Is there any similar function in FormZ. If not, how do I go about getting the rounded edges I need. The file is also attached. Much thanks! Kevin sink_nurbs.tif sink_nurbs.rar
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    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    setz - thanks for the input. I would prefer to use subdivision surfaces if it was possible to draw with faceted geometry in FormZ since version 7. I find the results quite messy.
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    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    Chris - thanks for the reply. Yes, I tried your method 1 above by sweeping a 1" radius along the boundary edges. The pieces split okay, but now I'm finding it impossible to generate a blend between the newly created edges. I get an error that states something to the effect of "can't create nurbs blend between these edges". So, I start all over extracting edges and recreating the surfaces via boundary nurbs, lofts, etc. These newly formed nurbs surfaces won't blend either. Nothing has ever come easy as pertains to nurbs for me in FormZ. I give up at this point. Fortunately, I have other tools at my disposal that simply work!
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    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    TEST IMAGE 02 Thanks Andrew for the advice and the model. I think I figured out the attachment process. It cannot be a TIF file or it gets attached instead of embedded. The JPG here works just fine. I realize I could model this using booleans and rounding, however, I'd still like to know how it could be done with nurbs. Thanks again for your input!
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    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    TEST IMAGE sink_nurbs.tif
  7. kmwhitt

    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    Thanks Andrew. However, this only attaches the image, I think. I am trying to embed an image so that it appears with the text.
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    Offset Nurbs Edge Like in Rhino

    I don't use this forum that often. How in the heck do you insert images in your post? Not very obvious to me!
  9. kmwhitt

    2 Path Sweep

    How do I get the 2 path sweep to work? The source shape never aligns with the paths even trying various positions for the object axis. When done interactively, I can't get it to align precisely either. Please advise - file is attached. 2PathSweep.rar
  10. kmwhitt

    2 Path Sweep

    vbaran - yes, that's it, however, it doesn't align with the paths. No matter what I do with the object axis or the interactive controls, I can't get the alignment I need. Chris - vbaran'd example above shows that it is possible for the 2 path sweep to provide the two radii. Now if only I could get the result to align with the paths.
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    2 Path Sweep

    Chris - thanks for the input. Your method is similar only with the use of Nurbs. I swear at one time I was able to get this shape using 2 path sweep.
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    2 Path Sweep

    Des - I didn't think of rounding a 90° corner after the sweep. That should work. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    2 Path Sweep

    Thanks for the replies. I wasn't getting email notifications. Yes, sure the axial sweep works but that doesn't change the radius from rear to front of the profile shape. Not sure why many are saying the shape is impossible as this model is to represent a granite counter edge. I haven't been able to use the 2 path sweep effectively since V6.
  14. I am trying to align a billboard to the origin by pre-selecting the billboard object and with the move tool snapping in the lower left corner and then moving to origin. I cannot get it to align perfectly - it jumps around. I have tried lowering working units thinking this had something to do with it. Also with and without the grid active - attached is an image. When I create a box and perform a similar operation, I have no problem. What am I missing here?
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    Old Library Files

    Andrew - Thanks for the reply. I was finally able to figure it out late last night. I opened a newer file and reset all prefs and project settings.
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    Old Library Files

    I am unable to open FormZ or any associated files as I am continuously prompted to open library files (.zlb) that do not exist. I loaded some old prefs to retrieve some export settings and I suspect this is what started the problem. How do I go about getting this resolved so that I can actually use the program?
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    Guided Loft

    Can someone please tell me why I am unable to get the attached working? FormZ refuses to perform the loft due to the profile shapes not touching the guide lines. I believe they are. guided_loft.zip
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    Guided Loft

    Thanks guys. Works perfectly!
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    Hidden Line Options

    Worked great. Thanks.
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    Hidden Line Options

    I am finding it impossible to get hidden line to show all the edges that I need for an elevation - see first pic. The second attachment shows a shaded view of the missing panel. At one time we could specify the cut-off angle for drawing these edges. Does a setting like this still exist and I have overlooked it? If not, what does support suggest?
  21. I would appreciate it if someone could give me pointers on performing what should be a simple two source sweep. In the first image you see the two sources and path being used. In the second image you see the best I can do using centroid alignment. The other alignments don't seem to work. The result seen in the second image is not acceptable as the shapes on either side of the "channel" are not symmetrical (easier to see in full shaded - third image). In past versions of FMZ I would have approached this using faceted sources. This way I knew how many points needed to be on each source and how they should align. How is this supposed to be accomplished now that everything is smooth? For example, should I be adding more control points to the second source shape? If so, how many and where are they to be located? Something else that troubles me is that I don't seem to be able to use "as positioned" for the 2-source sweep. This would save me lots of time as I plan on creating several sweeps with various sources to outline some geometry. It looks as though I will have to move each generated sweep into proper position if I can even get them to work. 2SOURCESWEEP.fzb.zip
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    Simple Two Source Sweep

    I appreciate the feedback. Of course, I use object snaps. This form was created using a sweep, so if there was misalignment it was due to that operation and the perpendicular loft.
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    Simple Two Source Sweep

    The gap I found was in the large piece - not the trim pieces. The large piece aside - when I try unioning the two profiles by themselves, the boolean does not take. Are you finding a gap between the trim pieces also? I have attached a stripped down version of the file - just the two objects. I see no gaps between these two pieces and the operation will not execute. If you do see a gap, please point it out. Thanks. two trim pieces.zip
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    Simple Two Source Sweep

    No, the gaps were not intentional. Thanks for pointing these out. Your suggestion regarding the surfaces, is this deriving surfaces from the existing geometry or starting over from scratch? If starting over from scratch, how would it be possible to get the transition from the dented trim to the smooth? Are you suggesting another perp loft?
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    Simple Two Source Sweep

    I was able to get the shape I wanted using the perp loft, however, now that the geometry has differing topology, I am unable to boolean union the entire piece together. Can anyone direct me on how I get the attached to be a solid - all in one piece? I suspect were the 2-source sweep working properly, this would give me exactly what I need as the topology would match up. As it is not working correctly, I will need to find another way... perp loft.zip
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