Forming tool???

 From: Gregarious2 (GREGGARRISS) 27 Dec 2009  (1 of 6)
 Aloha, Is there a way to "form" a surface using another curve? Sorry, sounds wierd.. Basically I am looking for a way to modify a surface with another one.. Sort of an inverse offset. I am carving a series of 2d intertwined sine waves ( channels ) into a block of wood for someone and they have requested the curves be rounder.. Not quite a sine but something a little more circular.. The sine tool is my friend but is there a way to influence one curve with another? Like to "plump" out a sine curve by moving a circle in close ? Thanks!!

 From: BurrMan 27 Dec 2009  (2 of 6)
 3198.2 In reply to 3198.1 Hi Gregarious, I'm actually working on something very similar. There is no "Magnet" type tool in MoI. But I'm about to switch my initial curve. The sine tool will give you to many points to be able to acheive what you are describing. I'm going to re-create my sine with a simple drawing tool, thyen I can show the points and deform it in the 3rd dimension. The other thing you can look at doing, is creating a surface that has the "Plumping you want/need. with a sweep of a couple of curves, or just extrude a plumped curve, then "project" your sine wave onto that plumped surface. If you know your sine wave is fine at this point, this will be very fast. But if you may require a bit of adjustment down the road, you'll kindof be stuck now with the multitude of points, all plumped and hard to deform. You'de have to revert to before the projection to make an adjustment. Good luck!

 From: Gregarious2 (GREGGARRISS) 27 Dec 2009  (3 of 6)
 3198.3 In reply to 3198.2 Thanks for your suggestions.. I'll give them a try shortly..( heading out now to pick up some wood ). I'm sure somewhere there's a "metal" forming tool. Being able to deform a surface with the approach of another strikes me as handy but I'm off to the left usually. But this one has been driving me a little nuts. If I didn't have a few hundred cycles to consider, I'd just draw it.. But getting it to look good too in repetition has been challenging..