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 From:  Tom (TOMKIMBROUGH)
1760.1 
Just wondering if there might be a flow style tool in the future software, it will make it a lot easier to use in Jewelry making,
Thanks
Tom
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 From:  Anis
1760.2 In reply to 1760.1 
Hi Tom,

>Just wondering if there might be a flow style tool in the future.
Yup, I think it will be...Isn't Michael ?
Another think I wish Michael will also improve the mechanical side of Moi.

Have you check this Tom ?
http://moi3d.com/resources#Tutorials
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 From:  Michael Gibson
1760.3 In reply to 1760.1 
Hi Tom, I would like to add that in the future but it is a pretty difficult area.

It is hard to transform objects made up of surfaces joined at common edges in such a way that the edges stay glued together after the object gets kind of squished around.

Rhino has a set of tools for this but they are brand new in version 4.0 .

Just like it took Rhino until v4 to get those tools, it may take me a while as well.

There is a chance that I will be able to license a library that will help me do it though, so there is some hope!

In the meantime the best way to get that functionality is to use Rhino in combination with MoI. You can transfer data easily from MoI to Rhino and back again by just using Copy and Paste between them.

- Michael
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 From:  Tom (TOMKIMBROUGH)
1760.4 In reply to 1760.3 
Thank you.
Tom
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 From:  Tom (TOMKIMBROUGH)
1760.5 In reply to 1760.3 
Hi Michael,
I did a work around for myself for the lack of flow type tool, I put the first setting on the line then started dragging the other settings to the line, and using the rotate tool above each setting turned it at the angel I wanted, then fine tuned it onto the line, works for me :) This was inspired by Colin.
Tom
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 From:  Anis
1760.6 In reply to 1760.5 
Hi Tom,

>This was inspired by Colin.
Could you please give me the link that contain Colin inspiration ?
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 From:  Tom (TOMKIMBROUGH)
1760.7 In reply to 1760.6 
Hi Anis,
The attachment is the original ring we were working on, I wanted a way of taking a strip style setting and making it flow onto the ring, what I did was to draw a circle appox. 18mm, then start by dragging the center setting up to it, use the Boolean- diff command and make a curved bottom, then drag the second setting up, using the Beta2 built in rotate tool I turned the setting to the angle I wanted then dragged onto the circle and repeated the Boolean command again, I also did some mirror settings that were in place on the circle to speed up the process, and magic... I got what I wanted without Rhino :)
Regards
Tom
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 From:  Jesse
1760.8 In reply to 1760.7 
Hi Tom,

Great looking ring!

Another way that you can place multiple/various sized settings on a band is to do a circular array, experimenting with the number and sizes of the settings...once you get the spacing and number of settings the way you wish, you can delete the ones you don't need. You can also rotate the whole assembly so that the setting you're currently working on is at the 12 O'clock position, making it easier to build bezels, prongs, etc.

-Jesse

Note: I put the "spokes" in the circle just for illustration purposes, you don't actually need them.
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 From:  Tom (TOMKIMBROUGH)
1760.9 In reply to 1760.8 
Thank you Jesse for the information and sample.
Tom
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