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    Form Z Palette System

    The palettes give no end of grief. I save multiple copies to allow for them corrupting. New palettes created show in the menu but are only a pixels in size and are impossible to add tools to and are not able to be deleted so I have many useless palettes in my dropdown menu. No amount of preference deletions solves it either. Dragging the layers, materials, objects palettes to reorder is pretty hit and miss too. There are quite a few solutions posted but none have worked for me. Would be great to have this solved.
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    SpaceMouse Pro

    I'm in exactly the same situation too. Anyone?
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    frustration 3d modelling

    I feel your pain! When I'm working on a file that is ultimately going to be exported as an STL I have to check the integrity by exporting to STL after every boolean operation to check it doesn't result in a non-exportable in STL that Object Doctor doesn't catch. Again these are often simple operations. I would be interested to know if there is a way to extrude a circle for example without having scores of points added, as when I go back and select faces for output for CNC cutting the resulting STP or DXF has all the additional points present. I often find myself resorting to Rhino or Fusion 360 to work around these issues. Andrew www.gyro.co.nz
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    union bug

    A related query. Placing an object by selecting a face on the source and then selecting a face on target object, "Place on Face" sort of works but then faced with removing multiple objects attached to all the other faces. Is there another way? Thanks in advance
  5. I've got an issue where all my materials are showing as one colour in the pallet, running iMac Big Sur (which is proving to be problematic). Also my 3Dconnexion space mouse no longer works in Formz, multiple preference delations made no difference. Any help appreciated. Andrew@gyro
  6. I've upgraded to Big Sur and now my 3D Connexion space mouse no longer works with FormZ, has anyone found a fix for this, not easy to go backwards without a clean install. Thanks in advance Andrew
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    This is well overdue, when looking to alternatives to FZ having tutorials online does influence the customer, I settled on Fusion 360 for that reason. Cheers Andrew
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    Deleting a custom palette

    I'm having a similar issue on Mac. A few custom palettes that are only a few pixels square, when attempting to drag a tool onto them they expand and once the mouse released they go back to being the tiny palette with no tools. There seems to be no way of deleting them There seems no way to save them like the custom Tool Manager Palette's which I share across machines. Any help appreciated. Andrew
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    NURBS or SubD?

    For someone that is not conversant with the more advance lofting tools I'm finding this very helpful, using the file as a template to learn the ropes, is there a decent tutorial anywhere you can recommend. Thank in advance Andrew www.gyro.co.nz
  10. I have a similar issue especially when using my 3D connexion space mouse, a toggle views from axonometric and 3 point perspective or the other way round solves it for me.
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    Can't use v9.0.1 layout

    Can I tag onto this post my issue since updating: Since updating to v9.0.1 the space bar doesn't bring up the favourite tools after a few minutes of running the app. Restoring keyboard shortcuts to default doesn’t work nor does deleting prefs files on the Mac. Restarting the app it works but again only for a period of time requiring yet another restart!
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    Rounding issue

    Hi All, I've spent much the afternoon attempting to get a simple form have rounding applied. If the shape is tapered it works but if it is tapered with a waist it is not possible. Any pointers appreciated, offending file attached. Thanks in advance Andrew www.gyro.co.nz Rounding Issue.pdf Rounding Issue.fmz
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    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?
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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!
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  21. 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
  22. 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.