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  1. I've never been a nurbz guy, but trying really hard to make this work. I have two defined edge profiles that came from someone else's Rhino model. In the first import it came in as a finely segmented polyline, not a smooth curve. This resulted in a very densely subdivided nurbz surface on my first try. It's interpolation of how to connect the profiles was therefore not what I was looking for. Here's are the elements used and the resulting shape. Here are my comments on the resulting geometry... (just noticed the misspelling of fishtail!) I then reimported the file from Rhino using a different format at now have a couple different types of profiles. The one on the left is a plain smooth object, the one on the right is a trimmed Nurbz surface. Not sure why this happened. When I attempt to use these object to generate a new Nurbz U/V surface it doesn't accept the source objects as complete elements... only individual segments, and then fails to generate the shape if I select each curve and segment individually. My hope is to generate a new nurbz surface from these objects that is much simpler that my first attempt.... so that i can then subdivide it manually and adjust the curvatures to achieve the fishtail transition from the double ridge on the edge of the left side of the panel to the concave valley on the right side of the panel. As you can imagine, goal is for the curved surfaces of each panel to be tangent to that on the adjacent panel. Also, its important to understand that the curved transition path is an s-curve in both plan and front elevation. Question... does the s-shaped path curve need to terminate at a point on nurbz surface on the left for the N-UV tool to work? Really appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks. Matt. FZ 8.6 Pro, Windows 10
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    Nurbz surface help needed - Please!

    Super helpful Bo. I'm going to start with your second approach to see if that works. If I understand you correctly, the independent scale tool is to move the controls on the right side into alignment with the simple concave right edge profile?
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    As I mentioned, Autodesk is an extremely frustrating developer to work with. There have been VERY simple feature requests that have stuck around for 10 years without resolution. There has been ZERO development in their site tools for 10+ years.... all because they see other programs in their suite as better suited (Infraworks and Civil 3D). But to get the best out of all these programs requires yet another cloud subscription that costs $1000 PER USER/PER YEAR. For large companies like mine, its easier to absorb software costs, for small shops, not so easy. At this point, it is what it is. For medium to large AEC firms, Autodesk owns the market in most big cities in the US, while all others are scrapping for a percentage. ArchiCAD has disappeared almost entirely in many cities because they refused to offer cross-grade pricing discounts to lure Autodesk owners over to their platform. Bentley is in similar shape but survived thanks to their Army Core of Engineers foothold. Vectorworks appeals to the small-firm sector and will likely survive. Sketchup is a toy software people make work on small projects. You can fight it or you can re-think your position in the market.
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    I started using FZ in the late 80's/early 90''s while in school and was a daily contributor to this forum for 10-15 years. Back then at any point in time, you could post a question and receive replies within minutes from any number of frequent users OR the form Z support techs who monitored the forum. I then mostly left the platform when Revit came on the scene and it became clear that the industry was moving towards BIM. The critical factor that has elevated Autodesk into the dominate position is that they have developed tools for all the disciplines involved in the building industry. Granted, their pace of development and diversity of tools/capabilities borders on criminally negligent/deficient, but they sold the concept early and over many, many years have started to deliver on the benefits of a connected set of tools that unite project teams. "Sold the concept".... its all about marketing. Nowadays, when i have a task that i know Revit is COMPLETELY unable to complete, I crack open FormZ to refamiliarize myself with the old workhorse. Unfortunately, as many others mentioned, the interface change has been a killer for me, and is constantly in the way of getting things done. Multiple monitor setups, floating palettes popping open and getting in the way, workspace management, etc. all frustrate me. Then, when I need help, it takes FOREVER to get a response on the forum. In this age of Zoom/screen sharing correspondence, FormZ could differentiate itself by offering an environment for more immediate "live" assistance, whether this be by its own tech support or other users online at the time. Imagine a support "lobby" where any user can provide live assistance to others utilizing screen-sharing... Pie in the sky, I know. IMHO FormZ should never attempt to offer "BIM" functionality because they will never succeed considering all the other players in the game. FormZ needs to play on its strengths and try to regain market share from Rhino and Sketchup. Its a modeler, and a damn good one. Maybe take a page from Epic Games and offer the software for a fixed period of time for free for all users. Consider integration options with Epic for TM and UE, or Unity. Crazy thought here... partner with Autodesk to become Revit's built in modeling engine. Formit is weird, which is why it hasn't reached broad adoption... but their marketing group is selling the concept and buying them time to get it working. My two cents.
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    Rounding Question

    I created my first subdivision sculpted object below, then converted it to a quad mesh and want to add a small fillet on all the sharp edges. I tried using the sharpness controls in the subdivision tools, but cant carefully control the rounding the way I would like. Is there a way to consistently round the edges to a set radius, now that I've quad-i-fied the object? I still have the original sub-D object too,, if someone can easily explain the process. Thanks.
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    Rounding Question

    Chris, Picking up where i left off back in May, I just tried to open the Panel2.fmz file you uploaded but cant open it as I'm stuck with FZ 8. Can you re-save back to an older version or post a screenshot of what you created?
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    Rounding Question

    I get the big idea of what you're suggesting... makes sense. What do you mean by "draw a box over it"
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    Rounding Question

    @¢hris £und Thanks for what looks like a lot of work to help create a solution! Looks pretty good We'll see if i can follow your directions to achieve similar results. @bbuxtonSo how would you go about building the cage to more cleanly subdivide to create the smoo th organic depressions, while at the same time creating consistent edge rounding on the sides and back? Here' a screenshot of the cage model (note the numbered areas and not coplaner):
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    Rounding Question

    Here you go.Panel Sample.fmz
  10. Old guy with gray here back in FZ after a long hiatus.... Trying to import a really old keyboard shortcuts file into FZ 8.5 Pro, and it crashes when I attempt to "list" all the assigned values. Is there a workaround or fix that can be made to the .SCT file? Thanks! Here's the error message ID: ID = 2:2:8:4023 [Runtime Error (FZRT) (0)]
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    Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5

    Hi Chris, Yeah, i found that list shortcuts button... but that crashes FZ. I'm guessing because my really old shortcuts file is pointing at a tool that no longer exists, or some other legacy issue. I'm taking setz's suggestion to right-click and start re-assigning from scratch. FYI, I've been a Revit guy since Autodesk bought it back in the early 2000's and had to leave FZ behind roughly 2015... now that I'm getting into 3D printing I've come back and really like what I'm seeing!
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    Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5

    Those techniques sound like an easy way to start over, if that's what I have to do... Thanks! If it turns out I need to recreate from scratch, at the least, I'd like to be able to list the shortcuts saved in that file so I dont have to remember everything cold. I had so many years of muscle memory of my shortcuts that contributed to my modelling speed... Yes, I started working in 3D in Microstation, AutoCAD, 3DStudio, Architrion, ArchiCAD, Strata3D, FZ, and a few others as early as 1989. Was a beta tester for FZ for years, then an alpha and beta tester for Maxwell Render.
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    Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5

    as an aside, it hurts to see "newbie" below my username My posting count must have been reset when I veered away from FZ a few years ago. USER SINCE VERSION 1 in 1991!!!
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    Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5

    Here's the old shortcut file... matts 6.1.1 shortcuts.sct
  15. I want to sweep a curb profile between the two edges of the terrain surfaces in the attached image. What tool is recommended to derive a wire object from the edges of the surfaces so that I can perform a 2-path sweep? Other ideas would be welcome. Cheers.
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    How to derive boundary of irregular surface

    Thats how I've done it in the past, but was hoping there would be a better tool. For now, I consider that my fallback approach... and looking for something a little less tedious. Cheers.
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