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  1. johnalexander1571

    Bergen, Norway

    Incredible! Amazing work!
  2. I would be very cool to be able to keyframe the multi-copy effect so that I could show a series of vertical objects, in this case studs all sliding neatly into position.
  3. johnalexander1571

    Way to animate the move multi-copy effect

    Hi Chris, I think it can be done or something similar in several ways. Actually now that I write this and really rack my memory Mathew Holewinski has outlined a way to use animate along path and extract animation to do something quite close. He made a series of wooden bollard things that went around the edge of a garden path. He even had them getting a variable angle so they wobbled randomly. This was just with the tools. I probably should have done that method without the wobble. I was working on an animation yesterday, where the client wants a wall framed in an animation. Actually the product is a door, so the wall construction animation is not the point. My animations now need to be done so fast I have to show vertical studs fading in, which is just rendering a still and using After Effects to do the fade. I was thinking it would have been so cool to be able to pull off the studs sliding into position in the same time frame. I have never learned scripting (I sat down to do so at least 3 times in my life) the problem is can see it's value, but I am always full with busy work and never get any bang for the buck in the first week and I notice 3 weeks later I am not still working on learning it. I did do Basic and Pascal in the eighties, HTML in the 2000's and that's it. It has always been easier for me to bull through something, for example I would sit and key all the studs flying into position. This was making my animations take too long to produce--doing something more visually interesting when maybe the script or budget can't support it. A script that emulates key-framing the move multi-copy is one simple animation/script idea that would save time. But, path animation may be quite sufficient. Another would be a canned "exploded" view animation, where parts of an assembly all fly out to a certain distance, and then fly back. But alas, these are just those dreams that come as I hustle through a project. Just a strange side question, did you ever make your own balloon? I sometimes wish I could make some sort of cool flying personal dirigible, but I am afraid of heights.
  4. johnalexander1571

    Polygon cages for smoothing

    Sorry guy. That was not meant to be negative in any way. I was applauding your hard honest work. I appreciate your portfolio as well.
  5. johnalexander1571

    Polygon cages for smoothing

    SJD. I am quite impressed. You have the first rule of modeling down. If at first you don't succeed try again. If that doesn't do it, then try again. Eventually you learn all the insane little nuances you have to know to make any specific object. Hardly one recipe fits, and there's probably two ways of doing. Kudos to you for knowing that building a pyramid is years of moving large bricks. If you have that, in a year you will look back and see how far you've come solving your own issues albeit with good advice from others. form.Z is the better way to go for real world sizing and manufacturing, you just have to keep at learning.
  6. HI all, I am having tremendously long wait times saving on Windows 10 64. Yes my files are over a gig, and I do build them according to Paul's old guidelines. I have never had a solid state drive before. Would adding this to my machine this speed up saving files to a folder stored on the desktop for working? Thanks, John A
  7. johnalexander1571

    Polygon cages for smoothing

    Hi SJD, Chris is giving you good guidance. I know this doesn't help, but I did do a job where we had to model existing bottles for clients. We started with a 3d scan that was very lame and needed modeled over totally, but there was no "sizing" possible with any program that could get to that level of accuracy. For the record, we used Modo for that. form.Z could do just as well. I tend to use the sub-tools to grow my models a row of polys at a time. I switch back to polys only when I run into a little detail area. I once had a key shortcut on the switch back and forth and it was the same as any other programs switch. With some malice of forethought, the sub creation tools are just fine in Z. Needs an add too selection in rows type of feature.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    Hi Joe, Sorry, I was talking about the general rules for keeping file sizes down, the common sense stuff. Paul used to describe techniques of building models correctly or setting display res correctly for models because back then it was so much more important. So, I don't have an actual list. That stuff isn't as critical anymore, computers have become so powerful.
  9. Hi All, Here is my fun personal lock-down project I do on the weekends. I hope this might be of interest, because I am quite jazzed about it. I have used form.Z to model the bones and muscles of the human leg using the sub-d tools in order to export them into simulation software and assign Young Modulus to the muscles and sew them onto the bones and them let the computer use finite element analysis calculate the muscles realistically contracting and jiggling with gravity all based on the animated driver bones. This is why cg characters have appeared to be hauntingly weightless all of these years, because only the outer surface is sculpted, it is not necessarily informed by bone and muscle as it should be. The final results of this newer tech are really encouraging and are only now starting to be used in feature films. It is now being adapted to real-time for video games. This is my early result. Long way to go, but I am happy with this so far. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/9eGZkN One facet of my project is the absolute similarity to being Dr. Frankenstein. I had to get into some rather gruesome medical school grade references in order to understand all of the geometry I needed to model inside of the leg. So this will be the official start of Mary Shelley, the FEM solved woman. I think she will be like Wonder Woman. No I don't wear a bra on my head ala Weird Science, although I have thought about it. I am making the skin for the leg this week. Ha ha ha ha ha.... Vincent price laugh.
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    WEIRD SCIENCE FEM Solver leg modeled in form.Z

    Thanks for the nice comments all! It has been a long dream of mine to abolish horrible CG knees, and also weightless looking characters. There is NO morphing here. The outer fat/skin is a closed mesh with an inner and outer layer driven only by the FEM solved muscles, and those by the bones. I can feed any animation onto the simple bone rig and the sim leg will perform the skin under gravity. My mind is awash with possibilities. Here is a big update, fun for the long week-end--the animation: https://johnalexander2020.artstation.com/projects/qA4qGz This was modeled in form.Z with subdivisions before converted to facetted and then exported to the FEM solver. There would still be another layer on this where uv'd skin mesh with high frequency detail is "wrapped" to the fat layer you can see in the animation and renders. There are 86 digital attachments of muscle to bone or muscle to muscle or muscle to ligament I set up via vertex selection. There were SO many little values that are dialed in, I am the mad scientist. But this is getting closer, except for extreme folding behind the knee, which I will develop better moving forward. Cheers!
  11. johnalexander1571

    .obj export - can't get clean model to Blender

    Ok, sorry on that one. Glad you figured it out and can proceed.
  12. johnalexander1571

    .obj export - can't get clean model to Blender

    Hi andrew, I do believe you are looking at the fix smooth shading setting being toggled the wrong direction. Go to .obj export options and if the box is checked, uncheck it and retry. If not checked, then un-check it and try again. I think I ran into this with Maya. Sorry I didn't see your question until now.
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    Suface solid (two sides)

    Whew! Thanks for sharing. That is a nightmare indeed. Wow.
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    Import from Solidworks?

    Oh, output for me to Maya is either fbx if I need textures (then I have to move the items,) or .obj, which leaves them in space where they should be and they have to have material assigned. I use the format I need. Getting textures over has proven to be one of the hitches. My flow here may not be the best available.
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    Import from Solidworks?

    Hi Andrew,. I get my models from another dept that uses Solidworks. I ask them for a STEP file. I have never asked them to modify or even know what output settings they are using, I assume default. I suppose I am lucky that I did not run into any compatibility issues with that. I import into form.Z, select all and rotate around the origin Z to be up ( it is not apparently up in Solidworks.) This works fine for getting all of the objects in the STEP file into form.Z for the tweaking and organizing as separate objects. My products are 20-30 parts tops. I organize the parts and mesh them for export to Maya (which likes ye olde facetted data for obvious reasons). I have actually been surprised to find formZ a robust "center" application for doing this. I have been suspicious that I would not find a workflow at all from Solidworks to Maya without form.Z to the rescue once again.
  16. johnalexander1571

    Match 0.2 alpha Python Script WIP

    Hi Chris, that is just great, I enjoyed reading your report. Maybe I'll have a use for this! I totally enjoyed seeing the balloon itself. Your work is the most unique out there, due to the inflatable nature of them. Can you sometime post more of the stuff you did because that has to be some of the coolest form.Z made work out there. I can't image folks hanging off the bottom of something I created... The script is great too, tho. Good idea for a script.
  17. johnalexander1571

    Vray displacement, caustics and subsurface scattering

    Hi Allan, I have been able to get the subsurface scattering to work just fine on Windows without even enabling the feature in the VRay settings. I have never actually had the occasion to use it tho, as it's requirements are that you have a light behind a material and that the material be one that scatters light inside of it. I tried it on some fiberglass I was making , but I never could put light behind it (it lays on the floor). I wound up just using images on the models to fake it all. This is the orange plastic SSS that comes with VRay. I upped the scatter distance from 2 cm to 3 cm. The model is 4" x 4".
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    Water material

    Hi I don't use Maxwell anymore, so I can't check to see if there was a trick to making it respond to the controls. That doesn't sound right. Des is right tho, if the "sea tool" isn't working you can get real nice results using his method. Those look good too, Des. Especially the night pool scene.
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    Water material

    Hi ariel, http://www.formz.com/webinars/webinars_html/Maxwellv3.html Maxwell has a water tool in formZ. You can see it in this Maxwell Webinar video at about 29:25. I used it in the video example and below on a real project. If I remember correctly I just assigned a supplied Maxwell water material to the "water".
  20. johnalexander1571

    FormZ Free

    Hi ariel, I hate not to have a definite answer but I am pretty sure you can all of the above. Someone with Free would be able to open any form.Z model, only some of the tools used to make it would be unavailable. You can have both pro and free installed, just don't know if you can do one per monitor. You could at least get a modeling window on monitor 2.
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    formZ VRay Animation

    Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words! Now on to the next animation! Sound curtains! 😎
  22. johnalexander1571

    formZ VRay Animation

    Hi All, Here is the animation I made in which I used the Bend Along Curve tool to create the special effect of caulk being squeezed out of a tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjuy5d4ni-E&feature=youtu.be Just over a minute long this time... no narrative regarding the need for the product, just how to install it.
  23. johnalexander1571

    formZ VRay Animation

    Thanks Des, This is going before a new investing group that just purchased our company. I am holding my breath. Just so you all know that long spin where all the caulk is dispensed is rendered in one shot. I used the animation editor to turn tubes on and off in time, I also had to start and stop all of the Animate Along Path runs at the right times, and of course animate the camera flying around. In order make this smooth, it was originally a 24 second animation at 30fps. That was by far the craziest thing I ever had form.Z do!
  24. johnalexander1571

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Essentially, I want to show off some awesome real-time space on-line or at a show, and when asked how I did it, be able to say I only used form.Z. That's all you need.