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  1. Gyro

    Grid sometimes appears/disappears

    Unrelated but is there any way of drawing a rectangle from the centre rather than the workaround of using a 4 sided polygon?
  2. 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
  3. Hi All, I think I have it following Alan's comments but stayed in the same file, image attached I'd be interested if there is a more streamlined solution. Thanks again for all your help. PS Every time I attempt anything in Fusion 360 I end up back at FZ!
  4. 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
  5. Gyro

    resize off-screen layers palette

    I'm having a similar issue, upon opening any file the palettes across the top of the screen do not keep their position resulting on the tools palette dropping down, this requires rearranging multiple palettes every time Formz is relaunched. I've trashed every preference (OSX) I can, reset workspaces all to no avail, any help appreciated. Thanks in advance Andrew aka Gyro
  6. Gyro

    Circle or Arc - TTR method

    Related question, sorry to hijack your thread. How to draw a square from the centre rather than drawing a 4 sided polygon which measures by radius. Thanks Andrew
  7. Gyro

    menu palettes inactive

    Hi there, Whilst on the subject rather than starting another thread, every time I launch the app the Tool Dock is twice as deep as it needs for be in any workspace which means 4 operations of moving palettes to get my real estate back. Deleted all the FromZ files in System Library, (Mac) to no avail. Also now when I select Prefs or Keyboard Shortcuts from the apple menu it opens Safari with the manual, whereas using keyboard this doesn't occur. Any help appreciated. Thanks Andrew
  8. Gyro

    Palettes not displaying properly

    I'm having a similar experience on a Mac, the tool dock always opening deeper than when saved as a work space. Followed advice regarding toggling save between sessions, saving a work space upon opening a new file, eletedprefs etc. Any help most welcome as constantly readjusting palettes upon opening FormZ. Thanks Andrew
  9. Ribbon work in progress. Hi there, After much fiddling I have a scan of the artist model imported into FormZ and made a rough ribbon by drawing a path along each edge. But hard to get a natural looking ribbon form. But unsure on the best way forward to get a twisting ribbon with constant width. Any guidance appreciated. Thanks in advance Andrew
  10. Hi there, I've gone down this path before posting to the forum, what I'm finding difficult is to keep the ribbon parallel over it's length. Wondering I'm better off inserting multiple single paths at a set length from one of the edges perpendicular to the edge and using the rotate tool the align to the second edge and perform a Nurbs Blend between each path. Is it possible to add a line perpendicular the curved edge? Thanks in advance Andrew
  11. Hi Chris, I've used Photoscan in the past and thinking it may be the line of least resistance! Thanks for your input. Andrew
  12. Hi All, I'm working on building a model of a giant 40m ribbon sculpture for an artist. Other than 3D scanning the model I'm wondering if it can be created from pictures of the model. I have a scale model which I have photographed and traced paths over it in Illustrator which I can import into Formz but unsure if I will be able to create a usable file by lining up the points of the paths in a 3D space. Or am I better to try and match the image by creating a 2D flat ribbon and manipulating it using the reshape tools. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance Andrew www.gyro.co.nz Link to the previous work we build this year. Judy Millar: Rock Drop | Auckland Art Gallery and another Judy Darragh: Limbo | Auckland Art Gallery Form•Z was used in the design and build of both these works.