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    ¢hris £und reacted to SJD in what's new webinar   
    cheers Chris
    understood - as mentioned, I guess there are many uses for FormZ and perhaps this is why it has not really found success or popularity in any one field. Maybe if it refined it's toolsets and honed in on certain industries it might have a brighter future going forward.
    Personally I'm looking to advance in pure visualisation at the highest level I can (mainly for advertising) so I won't have too much need for manufacturing or engineering. I guess Modo is perfect for that.
    That said, FZ is still my weapon of choice for my day job 😎
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    Doh!  Sorry for the misinterpretation!  Yes, I agree with the last sentiment!  Too, it has to do a lot with familiarity.  Some people are extremely capable and efficient with hard-side modeling in Modo because they never knew better.  And they will always beat somebody like me simply because I already knew formZ by 10 years roughly by the time I attempted Modo.
    Regardless, they are both great tools.  I just think each leans heavily in the direction they want to.  And justifyingly so.
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    Thanks Chris, sounds like you have reassured me I still have, in FormZ, the best program for designing fairly simple furniture. It is way ahead of Sketchup, I know that because that is what I used previously, and Turbocad before that.
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    Alan,
    I still don't think that there would be anything to be disappointed about.  To do hard-side modeling in Modo really takes a lot of extra effort.  And even then, is only for visualization.  Can't really create tool paths with its output.  from formZ, you can.
    On the other hand, as mentioned above, its visualization capabilities are gorgeous!
     
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    SJD.
    I suppose it depends on the intent of modeling.  For me, my intent is for the purpose of manufacturing and or construction.  While I have done numerous hard-side models in Modo, I think formZ is far faster and efficient to do so.  You always have to deliberately put in extra geometry to keep things flat.  My preferred methods of modeling are SDS and NURBS.  Modo definitely is better for SDS but doesn't even attempt NURBS.   If I want to do a Character these days, I will undoubtedly use Modo.  Though, I have done plenty of character modeling in formZ as well.   If I want something more precise, fZ All the way!    Sometimes I use a mix.  I will Rough a shape out in Modo, then bring it into fZ and convert to NURBS for that manufacturability.
    While it is true that Modo is capable enough for 3D printing, it isn't capable enough for other CNC type construction. Visually, the SDS smoothing algorithm is phenomenal.  but for any kind of output, including 3D printing, it is reduced to a polymesh.   Not unlike a poly-DXF.
    Another aspect is, with formZ, it has a ways to go to catch up to Modo in terms of SDS and native rendering/surfacing and overall visualization.  It remains that it has the capability to do so.  I think it would be much harder for Modo to attain the manufacturability of formZ.
    If on the other hand, your intent is merely and solely for visualization, yea, Modo is hard to beat.  Oh, and its interface is pretty great too.
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    I'm a furniture designer/maker, not an architect. FWIW I will explain how we work, because who knows, it might be the direction things are going generally, and in my small workshop I am not constrained by any formalities, as do not need to present any diagrams outside of our own organisation.
    I employ 2   21-year old cabinetmakers one being my son who has worked for me for 18 months, and the other has worked for me for over 3 years, having started as an apprentice. They are both learning very quickly and although I keep an eye on them and point out the pit-falls in their work to warn them before accidents happen, and demonstrate any new tecniques they are unfamiliar with, they mainly get on with their work with very little intervention, producing high quality work, often working on high specification projects for millionaires locally, and they also help me to install it. The biggest challenge I have found working with young men is to maintain the discipline of continuous tidiness, but that is really a life-skill and efficiency improves with it.
    We don't use or need 2d diagrams. We have 3 laptops, all with a license for FZ pro. Only mine additionally has renderzone which helps me present a better illustration to our customers, not brilliant by today's standards, but I like that because absolute perfection sets a precident which goes beyond what we require, and is likely to waste time ironing out a little crinkle which doesn't matter if the overall effect is just an approximate impression of the result, especially for material rendering accuracy, time is money after all and we normally do work in the £thousands, not £tens of thousands.
    I produce an accurate FZ model of every bespoke piece of furniture we make, complete with properly sorted groups, a few layers, (groups are our main narrowing-down, and layers secondary, for alternative type across-groups narrowing-down) part names and numbering (very efficient with the excellent part name plugin). I do not put any measurements in the models. 
    Either I or the lads use the Information Management part of the program to produce complete cutlist outputs from FormZ and import that (slightly adjusted) output into Cutlist Plus Platinum edition. The lads are familiar with which type of part requires a trimming allowance as they cut out the material from the dimensioned layout illustrations in Cutlist Plus and they label the part number (which starts with group number) on the end of each part with marker pen and put into the racks.
    When all the parts have been cut and racked, they can use the FormZ model to construct each group. Being used to the 3d gaming world, navigating my 3d models comes naturally to them, they quickly learned my keyboard shortcuts, can isolate anything they need to view, dimension whatever they need to as they copy what they are viewing on screen into real pieces being constructed on the work-bench. Of course, they have already taken a look at each group beforehand, so any repeat operations on the spindle moulder have been performed in advance of construction.
    At the end of each working day, they have never wanted to save where they have got to in the CAD file. They already have a picture on their mobile phone of the screen they were last using. There is never a time when the file gets over-complicated, disordered or full of dimensions. We like the way we work and they rarely distract me while I am working on the designs for the next projects as they are constructing. When I employed older traditional cabinetmakers I had to produce fully dimensioned 2d orthographic, isometric and perspective diagrams. I no longer need to waste my time on that, except for a very basic view with some key dimensions before we go on site to install.
    We also use Google Drive a lot with 2 accounts so they access via 'shared with me' permission, so that there are no file-loss accidents and we name our files by year, month, day, description, save-as no. , so we keep an automatically ordered, good track of file versions in case of amendments. Survey photos automatically load onto Google photos from my phone, and any relevant collections of photos are accessible from a link in each customer project's Google document. We tried other management systems but didn't like them. Google Drive and FormZ have something in common, they are uncomplicated, do not push you into a corner to do things in a particular way with unnecessary distractions. Simple and efficient. Brilliant.
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    One thing to consider, most if not all of Mathew's videos are relevant.  There have been some changes and additions since then.  Most of which I feel are obvious as to how they work.
    I will admit, however, that I would like to see an in-depth set of videos on the Draft/Layout App.  One thing I wonder about it is if ADS' intent for it is a bit different than the user's expectations.  Admittedly, I don't use it at all.  For, when I want to dimension, the main app does what I need.  That aside, I fully understand other users' needs are different than mine.  
    Out of curiosity, however, I would like a full treatment of videos just to see if it would be useful for me.
     
    Later this fall, when my time opens up for me again, I am willing to put in the time to help other users and ADS out with what I know. Admittedly, though I have used the software now for about 25 years, I don't know it all.  There are tools I have never touched, and more I touch very sparingly.  My modeling skills are strong, however, in certain areas.    Maybe I will even improve my presentation skills.
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to Alan Cooper in what's new webinar   
    Or maybe they would be interested, but it is taking a long time to find just the right talent to execute it, as well as waiting for V9 to be fully tuned...which is sensible. I believe they are taking a slow and steady approach and patience will eventually deliver our expectations. A small business can be easier to keep control of and develop smoothly, I can identify with that.
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    ¢hris £und reacted to setz in 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
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Des in Paste in place   
    Seems reasonable enough for a script to handle.
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    ¢hris £und reacted to snow in Deleting a custom palette   
    Yes.  But the issue with giving up formZ is the speed in which I work and the ability to share my files with SolidWorks users.  VectorWorks and Rhino come close to formZ in terms or how geometry is modeled and sharing with SolidWorks (Rhino is arguably better because .3dm files can be opened directly into SolidWorks), but if you look at the forums of each respective software you will find droves users posting about bugs, suggestions and other grievances. 
    I think the more you use a certain piece of software then the more aware you are of it's shortcomings which makes the OTHER software look so refined and polished, only to find out years later you're again aware of all it's shortcomings.  wash, rinse, repeat. 
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in fZ + Python + CO2   
    What do you think?  Finally bit the bullet and ordered one of these.  And this is what I have been itching about for python!  Looking to make some dedicated toolsets for creating patterns for the CO2 machine.  Don't know how far I will be able to push it, but I am gonna go for it!
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to kim in fZ + Python + CO2   
    An exciting combination.  A 100W laser is pretty powerful and can do a lot more than just engraving.    Cannot wait to see your creations.  The photo looks like a Preenex ?.
     Enjoy!
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in fZ + Python + CO2   
    What do you think?  Finally bit the bullet and ordered one of these.  And this is what I have been itching about for python!  Looking to make some dedicated toolsets for creating patterns for the CO2 machine.  Don't know how far I will be able to push it, but I am gonna go for it!
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to johnalexander1571 in fZ + Python + CO2   
    That's great! Bed size is reasonably large too. I used to be able to cut stuff when I worked in a sign shop. Gear heads that worked there would even make their own gaskets in a pinch. We only used .dxf for getting the path into the path cutting software. It was some time ago.
    Interested to see what you do with this!
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    ¢hris £und reacted to setz in fZ + Python + CO2   
    I’m envious. Looks like a lot of fun to be had!
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in fZ + Python + CO2   
    What do you think?  Finally bit the bullet and ordered one of these.  And this is what I have been itching about for python!  Looking to make some dedicated toolsets for creating patterns for the CO2 machine.  Don't know how far I will be able to push it, but I am gonna go for it!
     
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in fZ + Python + CO2   
    What do you think?  Finally bit the bullet and ordered one of these.  And this is what I have been itching about for python!  Looking to make some dedicated toolsets for creating patterns for the CO2 machine.  Don't know how far I will be able to push it, but I am gonna go for it!
     
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in fZ + Python + CO2   
    What do you think?  Finally bit the bullet and ordered one of these.  And this is what I have been itching about for python!  Looking to make some dedicated toolsets for creating patterns for the CO2 machine.  Don't know how far I will be able to push it, but I am gonna go for it!
     
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    ¢hris £und reacted to dpwr in Polygon cages for smoothing   
    Hi, everyone. I wanted to say thank you and that this thread is excellent! Thank you for the tutorials and discussion. I'm looking forward to watching them and experimenting with this.
    I've been away from FormZ for (more than) a few weeks as designing events for 30,000 to 100,000 people has been a little flat.
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    ¢hris £und reacted to andrew in Windows 10 on ARM Support   
    Here's an interesting writeup on the mac marketplace.   https://architosh.com/2020/06/arm-macs-and-cad-3d-apps-apple-chip-readiness/
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    ¢hris £und reacted to palarsen in Bergen, Norway   
    There is a steel cylinder inside carrying the load. The sculptures are welded on to it and filled with concrete up to about one meter.


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    ¢hris £und reacted to Des in Match view question   
    It all depends on the lens/camera used. There are FOV (Field Of View) calculators available on line which allow you to input the sensor size etc. to get the angle.
    But I prefer to align the views manually using known reference points. It's very important to set your Image Options to the same aspect ratio to the original photo. I usually make a copy of the original photo (6000x4000) and reduce it to say 2400x1600 before importing as a background image in Fz, it's quicker to load etc. and I can resize later before I go to render. Take this example below of an older project; I knew the position I took the shot and was able to draw a circle on the plan. Draw on a reference layer with known features, go to perspective view and use Edit cone of Vision to point and adjust the camera lining up the known features and plan, sometimes the spin needs adjusting as well. As a check you can see the focal comes out at 28.33mm with an angle of 64.86º. If I open the original photo and check its EXIF data the focal length is 18mm but remember that each lens used has a "multiplier" number. Mine just happens to be 1.6, so multiply the exif data focal length by 1.6 and you get 28.8 which is not far off at all considering the farther away the centre of interest there is a slight bend in the angle.
    Also consider your camera height (eye level), if you have the level of the ground level great but it usually needs adjusting as well.
    So going back to the Match View tool, I only use it as a starting point for some projects where I have modelled a certain amount of existing features accurately (not usually though) so I have points to snap to when lining it up. It can be hit and miss though.

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    ¢hris £und reacted to SJD in Rounding Question   
    no worries, bound to be something I picked up on this forum years ago 😁
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    ¢hris £und got a reaction from Jaakko in Alternative method to Coke bottle: Advanced Modeling   
    Jakob, 
    It is appreciated to know that this is appreciated!
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