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 From:  -ash-
2347.1 
I'm about to embark upon texturing the Brain Amplifier. First off I want to add some glass in the holes in the housing of the power tower.

What would be the best way to fill in the holes so I can apply a glass material in modo? I tried a cylinder in the centre and boolean them together - but no cigar. Any help appreciated.


Regards
Tony

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 From:  renklint
2347.2 In reply to 2347.1 
Looking forward to see it.

You could select the solid, then select half of the edges round the hole and join them. Then the other half. Select those two new lines and make a loft.

/Lars


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 From:  -ash-
2347.3 In reply to 2347.2 
Thanks for the method Lars - unfortunately this gives a flat window. I need to keep the curve of the housing otherwise the inner parts intersect.





Of course I could just put a cylinder in the middle - but I'm trying to reduce the number of individual objects that end up in modo :-)
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 From:  Grendel
2347.4 In reply to 2347.3 
And a single central cylinder would be one object in Modo, while four individual windows would be four objects in Modo?
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 From:  Jason (JCLARK)
2347.5 
Cylinder and use the highlighted trim edges to trim the window (you could extrude that shape to use as multi-surf trim), then you get a non-intersecting render tight facade.
- Jason
http://www.jasedesign.com http://www.nurbsandpolys.com http://www.cgpipeline.com
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 From:  Michael Gibson
2347.6 In reply to 2347.1 
Hi Tony - if I understand you correctly you want to get like 4 cylinder fragments to make glass panes?

Will these need to be solids, or is it ok to have a surface fragment there?

Basically instead of doing a boolean you're going to probably want to get a base surface in there and use Edit/Trim to cut it with those existing edge curves.

It will probably be easiest to do an "untrim" to recover the original surface of the outer piece without needing to create a new one, I will show you some steps in a minute here.

- Michael
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 From:  Michael Gibson
2347.7 In reply to 2347.1 
Hi Tony, here are some steps.

First start by selecting this face from your object:



Do an invert selection, and then Delete, to get just this piece by itself:



Next select one edge on one of the panes. By selecting one edge you set the window selection to target edges.



Then do a window select like this to select the other edges:



Note that I selected from left to right here. Starting from the left and going towards the right will only capture things strictly inside the window. This kind of selection window will show with a solid outline (for the rectangle itself I mean). If you go starting from the right and going towards the left it will instead target anything that intersects the window even partially which can be good in different situations. That "crossing window" shows up as a dashed window outline instead of solid outline.

Anyway, that is the quick way to get all these pertinent edges selected.

Now do a Ctrl+C to copy the curves of those edges to the clipboard, then hit Delete, which will "untrim" the surface and remove these holes to recover the underlying surface. That will produce this now:



Now do Ctrl+V to paste in the curves, you will have this now:



Clear the selection and select just the main surface:



Run Edit/Trim and select the curves as the cutting objects. Then you will still be in the Trim command and it will ask you to pick which pieces to discard (or which to keep if you flip the mode) or you can hit Done/right-click there to keep all pieces if you want.

In this case select this outer piece to discard:



And then that should produce your window panes:




I think that is what you were trying to do, but let me know if I didn't understand correctly.

Basically this is getting into some of the surface-level modeling tools instead of the solids modeling tools.

Hope this helps!

- Michael

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 From:  -ash-
2347.8 In reply to 2347.7 
Thanks for all the replies - I'm at work at the moment so I'll try these out tonight.


Grendel - I was hoping to make it all one mesh and tag the windows with a different material.

Micheal - this looks more like what I had in mind.

I'll let you know how I get on. Cheers.

Regards
Tony

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 From:  -ash-
2347.9 In reply to 2347.8 
Finally got a chance to work on this. I used a slight variation on Michael's method. I used the inner curve of the fillet, created the surface then shelled it to the distance of the surface between the two fillets. I then scaled it up very slightly to make sure it intersected the surrounding geometry and booleaned it to the main housing.

Thanks for all the advice.

So now this is all one piece.



Here's a render:


and just for fun, I turned the main light off:

Regards
Tony


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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
2347.10 In reply to 2347.9 
Cool mood of mad scientist laboratory! :)
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 From:  manz
2347.11 In reply to 2347.9 
Very nice model and render.


Excellent work.




- Steve
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 From:  BurrMan
2347.12 In reply to 2347.9 
Hello Ash. Awsome. Just for my info, if its all one piece your software can recognize the original individual pieces to shade seperatley? I hadnt triedf to experiment but was under the impression that one peice, one object, one material overall.

If you have time,
Thanks.
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2347.13 In reply to 2347.12 
Burr
Surprised at that question? Am I missreading?
One of the problems is limiting the number of parts that are in an object made in MoI. As they come from the file save can drive you crazy sorting them out to groups where the groups could share a similar shader.

If only MoI could export save the parts with the names given them in there!

Though Carrara can open nearly all of the MoI file types I tend to stick with 3dm or .obj,

Brian
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 From:  DannyT (DANTAS)
2347.14 In reply to 2347.9 
Nice job there Tony!
You chose the right colours for the cabinet being a 50's object, I remember working as an apprentice on machinery that was probably from that era and they were those colours, dull beiges and greens.

Cheers
~Danny~
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 From:  Michael Gibson
2347.15 In reply to 2347.9 
Nice glow effect on the elements!

- Michael
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 From:  BurrMan
2347.16 In reply to 2347.13 
If I make a cube in MoI and import it into Carrara, I apply a shader to the cube. It doesnt allow me to apply a different shader or material to six different sides. If I make the cube. cut a hole, and insert another object to use as a window, when in Carrara I can apply the different shaders to each object.

Maybe it does, but I am not a renderer so I was asking to clear up how he did that with one solid. :)
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2347.17 In reply to 2347.16 
Burr
Nice to know you have limits! (I don't have kneel anymore?)

Pretty basic stuff to render--select flat mapping and add shader to each side as required.

YELL OUT---Carrara is a peach to use--only to happy to help.

Brian
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 From:  BurrMan
2347.18 In reply to 2347.17 
Thanks Brian. Been dying to get into rendering! Jealous of stuff like Danny and Grendels work!
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2347.19 In reply to 2347.18 
http://www.renderosity.com/mod/forumpro/showthread.php?thread_id=2760092

Have a good look at this recent fun thread of mine--more associated with it on the DAZ forums also---LOTS of fun and learning!

Brian
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 From:  manz
2347.20 In reply to 2347.16 
>>If I make a cube in MoI and import it into Carrara, I apply a shader to the cube.
>>It doesnt allow me to apply a different shader or material to six different sides.

Hi Burr,

As Brian mentioned, you can make planer mapping for a cube. You also have the option of creating shader domains, which could also be used for a cube,but, shader domains can be used for any object with any number of sides and each side (or face) can be given a different color.
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