View Full Version : need C_Bend help - making DNA strand
11-11-2004, 09:27 PM
I'm trying to get the mesh on the right to look more like the rail extrude on the left. Should I be using something other than c_bend to do this?
http://kwago.com/files/Helixes.JPGDamn just notice i called it a rail clone lol
11-12-2004, 05:29 PM
ehh so i guess i'm not the only one that's stumped...
Can you use bones in Layout and save deformed?
11-14-2004, 09:48 PM
bump bump bump
11-15-2004, 02:56 AM
I'm confused with the difference between Left and Right. How is rail extrude not working for you?
11-15-2004, 07:39 AM
rail extrude just extracts a flat shape
C_Bend warps a mesh to follow a spline
why i need C_Bend:
I am making a long strip of film and want it to warp. I made a mesh of one piece of film and cloned it into a one long strip of like maybe 100. Only way i know of to get it to conform to a spline is using C_Bend. Problem is that you cannot restrict axis movement when ya do it, hence it follows the contours of the spline and the pitch of each piece of film gets thrown off (notice how rail extrude keeps the extruded shape upright). a friend of mine tried it in max using pathdeform and got the same result :/
11-15-2004, 11:36 AM
I'd first texture it
then get it into layout
add a string of bones on both sides of the strip
bend and move, use goals, whatever to get the shape you want
If you're going to texture, yeah - I would go with bones in layout. You don't have to mess with UV's, unwrapping, etc. However, to get the shape you're looking for (I think), draw a 2 point poly in layer 1. Then, use the helix tool in level 2 (I had to search through Edit Plugins to find it, then assign it to the menu, but I can't remember if I downloaded the plug or it came native...) - tweak until you get the spacing correct. Switch back to layer one, put layer 2 in the bg, and use rail extrude - uncheck the "orient" option. Works like a charm here...
I'd post a pic, but my computer died a couple weeks ago and I can't remember the log in to my web server...
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