View Full Version : Pushing vertices out and avoiding intersections

09 September 2010, 04:26 PM
I'd like to know if there's a tool in any modeling software (or related) that allows for pushing vertices out along theirs normals but avoiding self-intersections in the mesh.
Please have a look at the effect I want to achieve (automatically):

09 September 2010, 08:26 PM
If you select the verts you want to move and use the scale tool, it may do the majority of what you want it to do; however, in this example. I believe you have to select two adjacent rows of verts and move those with the scale, then go to the second series of verts to repeat. They may cross the intersection, but that will get closer to what I believe you are seeking.

09 September 2010, 08:06 AM
thank you for your answer, sqrlcub. But since I'm dealing with a big and complicated mesh I am looking more for an automated process instead of a manual one. Much like the push Modifier in 3ds max, but with the added functionality I described.

09 September 2010, 05:53 PM
The only thing i can think of would be to create a mesh out of that and using a cloth simulation to inflate it. There's a balloon presets in the ncloth section of maya that would work for that?

09 September 2010, 12:48 AM
Not a problem. If you find the correct answer, post it, I'd like to see a way to optimize my workflow as well.

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