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Old 09 September 2011   #16
Marc, finally got a chance to test this out again. This time on a vertical wall. Here is what I found.

Here are the two walls, top is original, bottom is modifier with your plugin.




This is a closeup of the wall with holes cut out for piping


and here is that same section modified.


For my purposes, I just need a more optimized translation as I have many unique walls and like 500 brazillian vertexes on my pipes.

I have yet to test it on an actual terrain mesh (the purpose for which it was created after all) but it looks like it works great and you fixed a lot of issues since the original post. Nice work! I will hit this again when I get some CAD terrain. As you know it's always looks like @$$.
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Old 09 September 2011   #17
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Originally Posted by em3: Marc, finally got a chance to test this out again. This time on a vertical wall. Here is what I found.

Here are the two walls, top is original, bottom is modifier with your plugin.




This is a closeup of the wall with holes cut out for piping


and here is that same section modified.


For my purposes, I just need a more optimized translation as I have many unique walls and like 500 brazillian vertexes on my pipes.

I have yet to test it on an actual terrain mesh (the purpose for which it was created after all) but it looks like it works great and you fixed a lot of issues since the original post. Nice work! I will hit this again when I get some CAD terrain. As you know it's always looks like @$$.



While I don't handle any terrain imports, this tool actually really intrigues me for reasons somewhat illustrated above. I often have to make unique objects out of multiple splines, or a single plane (similar to above), but the mesh is always a mess after. This tool seems like an incredible way to get fantastic geometry before I extrude it into it's shape! Looking forward to playing with this soon!

Andrew
 
Old 01 January 2012   #18
dude, I have been using your terrain tool with a good deal of success. Thanks so much!

It was only yesterday though that I encountered the ultimate challenge for the tool. I tried but it seems like the tool gets "stuck". Any chance you can email you the file?


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Old 01 January 2012   #19
Hey Dave,
sorry I missed all your recent posts, I forgot to subscribe to this thread.
Please send me the file to: office[AT]populate3d[DOT]com

I hope to release a new version soon, I'm tweaking algorithms. A challenging mesh will come handy.
 
Old 01 January 2012   #20
I meant to attach the image in my previous post. Sent!
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Old 11 November 2012   #21
any tips how to generate a mesh from autocad counter lines that are very complex and detailed?

i get a lot of crashes.
 
Old 11 November 2012   #22
Looks very interesting, I'll be sure to try it out.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Cheers!
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Old 11 November 2012   #23
Originally Posted by ice-boy: any tips how to generate a mesh from autocad counter lines that are very complex and detailed?

i get a lot of crashes.


The problem is that the tool is maxscript based, that means it shares the same performance limitations than comparable tools in max. If the 3ds max Terrain Compound can't handle the splines then my tool probably won't handle it either. But if it does, the result is much nicer
Also the methods of re-meshing are somewhat "unstable", similar to the problems associated with boolean operations and meshes. With certain meshes/shapes it's hit or miss.
That's one of the reasons why this tool is free.
 
Old 11 November 2012   #24
i used weld in the editable spline. i used 15-20 cm. the terrain is very big.
 
Old 11 November 2012   #25
I wound up writing a script similar to this one but far less elegant. Got the job done, though.
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Old 11 November 2012   #26
Looks great. And thanks!

Mahlon
 
Old 01 January 2013   #27
Looks interesting. I tried to give it a go but I am not sure I am following the correct work flow. I made a couple of closed splines to mimic a elevation map. Also tried to a cube and thought I could trim a terrain out of it.

What ever I do it seems to just lock up for a while and I just have to crash max. I am using max 2012. Can anyone give me a few pointers?

BTW I love your legacy deconstructer plugin.
 
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