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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
     
    Bart
     
     
     
     
     
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from kac in Converting a facetted object to smooth   
    In the DWG export from FormZ. make sure "Export faceted objects as acis objects" is checked.
    if your "planks" are good clean geometry, they will come into Acad as solids that can be FLATSOT.
     
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from kac in Converting a facetted object to smooth   
    In the DWG export from FormZ. make sure "Export faceted objects as acis objects" is checked.
    if your "planks" are good clean geometry, they will come into Acad as solids that can be FLATSOT.
     
    B
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    Bartjuan reacted to sjj in Converting a facetted object to smooth   
    You my friend are a superstar! I'd taken to putting tiny fillets on corners.
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    Bartjuan reacted to Shibui Design in Converting a facetted object to smooth   
    The above post points out a major benefit of this forum. Many solutions and golden nuggets shared here. Keep it up FormZ community.
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    Bartjuan reacted to Hugo in Layout fuzzy text and part of page cut off.   
    Alan,
    No, the perfect progam does not exist. But at least make essential tools just work. Exporting to other programs and printing in high standard quality.
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    Bartjuan reacted to bbuxton in Struggling with ruled surface   
    Hi Bartjuan
     
    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. 


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    Bartjuan reacted to setz in coordinate move   
    FZ 6.5
     
    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.
     

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    Bartjuan got a reaction from ritawex in profiles dialog messed up   
    I am just trying to use the profiles plugin and it seems my dialog box is out of sync.
     
    the icon that shows the drawing profile does not match the description in the profile selection drop down box.
     
    see image.
     
    Any Ideas?
     
    Bart

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    Bartjuan got a reaction from jsiggia in Website update imperative   
    funny, nobody likes my posts 
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from jsiggia in Website update imperative   
    funny, nobody likes my posts 
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from jsiggia in Website update imperative   
    funny, nobody likes my posts 
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    Bartjuan reacted to AC1000 in Future of Formz   
    I found a very good article about conceptual design tools.
     
    http://aecmag.com/59-features/1082-conceptual-design
     
    Conclusion: we still don't have enough fluent tools for early stage design.
     
    Someone will make his first billion using FormZ 9 and Python. 
     
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    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.
     
    Thanks again.
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    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.


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    Bartjuan got a reaction from Bo Atkinson in DEM Data Downloads - help needed   
    https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/basic/?howTo=true
     
    https://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/
     
    A couple I have used in the past
     
    Also look to the local GIS office for the area you are working in
    for example:
    http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/chouse/elevation/lidar.html#data
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from AHTOH in It took 4 minutes to get this model to Layout   
    +1 to Anton
    FormZ modelling is great but most of my paycheck comes from construction docs. and for that I need to purchase a separate license , We use Autocad.
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    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.
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from AHTOH in One past job I`m not ashamed   
    WOW!, 
     
    beautiful project. 
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    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...
     
    Bart
     
    For what it is worth,
    FormZ 8.5.6 
    Window 7 (64bit)
    Nvidia M4000
    2 montors:  2560x1440 and 1200x1600


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    Bartjuan got a reaction from Des in formZ 9   
    but this one goes to 11
     
     

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    Bartjuan reacted to setz in formZ 9   
    LOL
    "Z-Tap"
    I was thinking exactly the same thing!
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    Bartjuan got a reaction from Des in formZ 9   
    but this one goes to 11
     
     

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