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setz last won the day on November 30 2020

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  1. setz

    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    I am running a 2010 12 core Mac tower with OS X 10.11 and a flashed 980Ti 6GB video card. You can get one of these machines online w/32GB and 500GB SSD for about $1750. I use lots of textures, most work is presented with Shaded Full and I render with Maxwell when required (2-8 Hrs per 4K image). Very happy with the old hardware, I spend almost no time messing around and wasting time on updates shenanigans. I use FZ more than 50 hrs a week and this old stuff still works great for me, fingers crossed that it will last awhile longer. I do have FZ installed on a 2019 5K iMac as well, but the video FPS is slower and jerky on my poly and texture heavy models (±500MB files), something that is not apparent on my tower.
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    Happy Holidays…

    I was saddened because I thought we weren’t going to see one this year and was happily surprised Christmas morning. Cheers and Merry Christmas Bernd!
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    Inspector Palette Alternative

    Yes please. Re-itegrate the Inspector palette back into Tool Options, or even as you have illustrated it would be more efficient.
  4. Also, once you get a workspace which you like, make two copies of it and then export from the workspace manager. When things go bad you can then re-import that file and you will be back up to speed right away. I save an A and a B (both identical) so that if I mess one up I still have a backup.
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    Export as 3DM file

    +1 w/textures please!
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    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.
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    what's new webinar

    I've been considering making videos for FZ for a long time now. I love FZ and I have a lot of tips and tricks I could share. The things holding me back are that I have zero experience in video production, and poor voice and camera presence lol. (That's not me in the avatar.) For now, as an alternative to videos there is a great resource on FZ's website for Tips and Tricks: http://www.formz.com/fzsite1219/manuals/TnT/index.htm#t=Add_and_fill_out_Title_Block_templates_to_Layout_documents.htm
  8. Search for: There is a neat app called TreeSketch3 for iPad. It was a university project and was really intuitive to use with a simple but comprehensive interface that exports tree models with great results. The problem is that is very hard to find a copy online to download nowadays. There are Shareware tree creation programs like: Treeit , Arbaro, ngPlant, Powerplant Here is a great site for detailed tree (and many other types of) models: https://archive3d.net/?tag=Tree These may require some work, eg. separating into separate meshes, making solids from open meshes, converting polys to solids, etc. I use FZ for these tasks to process models and then import them into 3D Coat (sculpting software) for cleaning up, merging, simplifying and prepping for printing. I finish by re-importing back into FZ for scaling and quality checking before exporting out .stl to print. Do you have a photo of the level of detail/shape of foliage you are trying to achieve? Maybe I can help out, it's a slow weekend. If you choose a model from archive3d.net maybe I can convert it to a growable stl.
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    Circle tangent to three lines

    Random Transform is also helpful if you don't already have it as well: random_trans.zip
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    Circle tangent to three lines

    Found it on my back-up hard drive. Here it is for anyone else who may need it. Tested and working in V8.6 and 9. arc_tlines.zip
  11. I can't find this tool anymore and I don't remember the real name for it. Was it a script, or a plug in? Where can scripts be downloaded from ADS currently?
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    fZ + Python + CO2

    I’m envious. Looks like a lot of fun to be had!
  13. I use the scale tool in a side view to achieve this. It should also be possible to show controls and then adjust the height of the wire helix Or to enter an exact height in the data field. I don’t have access to check at the moment.
  14. I think what you are suggesting would be a cool feature! There is an image tab in the hatch options palette but I haven’t been able to figure out how to get it to load an image. One nice thing about the hatch feature is that the .pat hatching is converted to vector lines in HL.