Bartjuan reacted to setz in Un-Rounding Corners Trick
Thought I'd share something I just stumbled upon. If you have a rounded corner that you want to bring back to its original unrounded condition, Use the Extend Tool, click on the face of the rounded corner and then an adjacent planar face and the curve is removed!
Bartjuan reacted to Hutchy1980 in Improve bump mapping or displacment mapping for greater surface texture
I love FormZ but....
One of the things that holds me back in FormZ is the lack of tools to generate realistic surface texture on an object. More often than not i have to export models from FormZ into other programs to add raised patterns to the surface of my models. Displacement mapping in FormZ may as well not exist as if crashes frequently and often takes hours to produce the simplest textures. Bump mapping is also limited as you do not have the ability to adjust the depth of the map effectively and realistically. Please, please, please take learning from Solid Works, Maxwell & Thea which have much quicker and easier versions of both displacement and bump maps.
Bartjuan got a reaction from FZnoob in 3D scanners and FZ
I have had some experience,
The short answer is, its a complicated process.
I built a laser scanner some years ago based on the David Laser Scanner system. It was very cool but it took a lot of work to get a complete scan.
David has since been bought out by HP.
Their new systems use structured light rather than a laser. it is MUCH faster and more accurate.
You can build your own system pretty easily and buy just the software, or you can buy a ready to scan kit.
In my mind this is the best, most versatile scanner available for under $$5000
David / HP Scanner
I have also used the 3D systems Sense saner, it was terrible!
Bevel 3D makes a scanner that attaches to your phone, TERRIBLE
I have also used various systems that are based off of the Microsoft Kinect. These are OK but most of the software is incomplete.
Lastly, the photogrammetry software from Autodesk is pretty good. but it is not cheap - they do offer a trial.
this technology does a very good job of scanning, stitching and cleaning up the model so you have something to work with.
It is bar far the easiest to use.
let me know if you have some specific questions I can try to answer.
Bartjuan reacted to bbuxton in Struggling with ruled surface
Thank you for this. Your file is much closer to what I am trying to achieve.
For lofting between lines of intersection it is possible to get it to work when the letters are a bit smaller.
I think because in formZ the line of intersection creates a surface with 3 'faces' (I think maybe because the top is concave the middle convex and the bottom ever so slightly concave too) the loft is too complex and fails. .
My attempt the draft angle is too shallow resulting in the top and bottom of the letters being too thin where they meet the background profile and too thick where they meet the foreground guide surface.
I'm hoping that ZWeb will chime in about lofting between lines of intersection that have been generated by a complex surface with some advice on how to make this easier. This is a bit too technical for me.
For now I will try to recreate this with a subdivision surface which is easier to manipulate and see if the results are good enough to get an accurate 3D print.
Bartjuan reacted to setz in coordinate move
In the Coordinates Palette uncheck A, W, and C and then highlight the "d" field (click so that it is light blue - as shown below). This will then enable you to type in a distance to move selected elements similar to the feature available in V8 described above.
Also if you select a single point you can then use the Query Tool to bring up a dialog where you can then enter specific coordinates.
Bartjuan reacted in Export settings to export as solids
Thanks to you both.
Both options worked for me. I am importing into Bricscad and Vectorworks 2017.
For the project in hand I found the DWG option the best. Only because the model was opened in Bricscad and Vectorworks as an intact model. Wheras, the SAT option the components came into Bricscad and Vectorworks as separate components and had to be assembled.
In the long term both options will be useful.
Bartjuan reacted to setz in Trim Tool
The Trim Tool used to be able to close a single open line. Can this functionality be reinstated? The workarounds are very time consuming. It is notable that this used to be an option of the Close Line Tool; which did work, but was a less desirable option because it involved the extra steps of adjusting options within the tool.
Bartjuan got a reaction from Bo Atkinson in DEM Data Downloads - help needed
A couple I have used in the past
Also look to the local GIS office for the area you are working in
Bartjuan reacted to setz in Thank you
I had a presentation this morning during which I had to make live edits in front of a group of people. Everything went very smoothly.
I work with others who primarily use Rhino, and once again I heard "You can do that with Form Z?" There was clearly admiration for the efficiency, speed and flexibility of Form Z in a pressure situation.
Thank you to all of you there at ADS for making it easy to impress.
Bartjuan got a reaction from Andre Conlledo in Palettes not displaying properly
This happens to me all the time. [clipped.jpg]
I have been trying to save a custom workspace and it always gets screwed up. icons cut-off and input boxes clipped.
Sometime I open FormZ and get a workspace with all palatts closed??/ see attached - Blank.jpg
I go through the same steps resetting workspace, deleting preferences, restarts, etc.
The resize icons helps for some.
In the end I think modifying an existing workspace works better than trying to save/import a saved workspace.
I am able to reset all workspaces and the rebuild my desired workspace when the clipping occurs.
So I can't be much help I just wanted to chime in to say this happens to m too.
edit: I tried the tool manager trick on a workspace that was working correctly and it caused the tool dock palette to start clipping again...
For what it is worth,
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