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  08 August 2006
Question about generating KnotPlot curves


I was looking through Kenneth Huff's Siggraph presentation. Though he used maya, I think the same principles would work in Cinema4d.

From the website:

The basic curve for the knot form is based on data I download from the Knot Server at the Knot Plot web site ( The Knot Server provides a sequence of three-dimensional coordinates representing a given knot. In the case of the 98 knot, the sequence was:
4.027354 -0.973963 -0.733554
3.542408 -1.555169 -1.754737
5.224526 0.644712 0.772574
4.595191 -0.275349 0.169248

To convert this sequence of numbers (91 coordinates in all) into a curve in Maya, I used a text editor to change the list into a MEL command:
curve -degree 3 -name "knotCurve_9_8"
-point 4.027354 -0.973963 -0.733554
-point 3.542408 -1.555169 -1.754737
-point 5.224526 0.644712 0.772574
-point 4.595191 -0.275349 0.169248 ;

I modified the resulting curve in Maya in order to increase the overall three-dimensional volume and the intra-curve spaces, thereby maximizing the size of the tube cross section which can be used.

After a simple extrusion, using a circular profile, the resulting knot form can been seen here.

Could I do this in Cinema 4d? I would prefer to use this method over the 'export to .dxf' option since that always seems to bring in clunky and large objects.

  08 August 2006
You could do this using the ASCII import in Cinema's structure manager. You'll need to append a numbered point order in column 1 of the data, and a small header, then you can make it into a linear spline.

Rather than me explaining this in detail, make a random linear spline, then use the 'Export ASCII data' command in the structure manager, and check out the resulting .txt file yourself.




Be indiscreet - do it continuously.
  08 August 2006
Formulate Knots


you might want to take a look at Jurgen meyer's website

Good Luck, Frank.
  08 August 2006

I'll try the method above when I get home.

Thanks also for Jurgen Meier's website. There are some interesting things there.
  08 August 2006
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