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Re: Thoughts on flexible part options
avatarJanuary 22, 2013 12:29PM
Thanks Jason and Philippe,

The above screenshots are from standalone (sub/mpd) model files you use to define the actual path and overall appearance (end caps, length restrains etc). These (normal ldr) files can also be placed in a special folder which makes them templates.

When you drop a part from such folder (using the bin like all other parts) in your model a new submodel (or standalone ldr) will be created and the contents of the template will be copied into it. You can then use this as a starting situation from inside your main model by 'molding' it to its final shape and location.

So most people never need to configure the dialogs shown in the previews, that's template work which I will do for most common flexible parts in front. Users need only to place the pin like points / and end caps in order to bend the path, this is more or less the same as with LSynth, except the result will be visible directly after any change (and you are forced to use a submodel). All editing will be pretty much the same as working with normal parts. Except the segment between two path points will be a bezier curve with two control points (the red and green spheres).

In the next next version I will also make closed paths possible for use with rubberbands etc, those will need different segment types besides bezier (whom then also will be usable for non closed paths).

I hope this is somewhat like you expect / want for working with flexable parts, if not any thoughts are welcome. I could still make some changes at this point cause the gui part of the 'molding' process from inside a higher model isn't ready yet. I've got the whole template editing / generating part pretty much done though.
SubjectAuthorViewsPosted
Thoughts on flexible part options Roland Melkert544January 18, 2013 10:14AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Jason Smith241January 21, 2013 05:16PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Philippe Hurbain234January 22, 2013 12:11AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Roland Melkert241January 22, 2013 12:29PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Philippe Hurbain251January 23, 2013 04:11AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Roland Melkert226January 23, 2013 09:51AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Ignacio Fernandez Galvan214January 26, 2013 11:23AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Roland Melkert254January 26, 2013 01:18PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options (Output ldr samples) Attachments Roland Melkert238January 26, 2013 05:04PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options (Output ldr samples) Travis Cobbs231January 26, 2013 06:03PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options (Output ldr samples) Travis Cobbs234January 26, 2013 06:05PM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options (Output ldr samples) Attachments Philippe Hurbain200January 27, 2013 03:01AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options (Output ldr samples) Roland Melkert268January 27, 2013 11:38AM
Re: Thoughts on flexible part options Steffen218January 24, 2013 05:10AM



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