Creating slices from a free form surface

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  02 February 2013
Creating slices from a free form surface

Hi, I've been struggling to model a ceiling for a building I'm working on. The ceiling is a free form wood structure, It kind of looks like this:

I have been able to model the surface that I want but now I need to model the individual wood planks that form the ceiling shape. I have no idea how to do this in 3ds max, I would very much appreciate any tips !

I know in Rhino you can create contours from a surface, but I'm not sure how this can be done in 3ds max. I only have 3ds max here in the office. Thanks in advance.
  02 February 2013
Hi Lailees,
You can use an Edit Mesh Modifier on your shape, select all polys, toggle the "Slice plane" button, move the slice plane gizmo wherever you whant then press the slice slice button.
Switch to the edge panel, where the sliced edges are now selected. you can then create a spline from the selected edges by pressing the 'Create shape from edge' button.
et voilą !
you now have a spline you can extrude.
for you job a script might be usefull to automate the process
have a good day
  02 February 2013
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