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Bending pieces?! - Remy - 2013-02-10

Hi there,

just learned to use LeoCAD and I'm trying to build none other than 10179 Millenium Falcon. One step is to bend a Lattice piece, or "Boat Rigging 5x27 Trapezoid" around the back engine thrusters, point is, I need to bend it... I can't in Lego DD, so I figured I'd try a much better program, LDraw.

Am I missing something, or is it not a capability? Is it available in MLCad?

Thank you people.

Re: Bending pieces?! - Michael Heidemann - 2013-02-10

Sorry, but bending pieces is not possible in (so far I know) any application. There is no possibility to achieve bending by math for the transformation matrix and therefore bended pieces needs to be created as a single new part.
Only for rubber rings, chains, strings and tubes there are build in possibilities (in MLCad - LSynth) but they do not bend parts in real.

Re: Bending pieces?! - Remy - 2013-02-10

Just to clarify LeoCAD can not bend rubber rings, chains, strings and tubes?


Re: Bending pieces?! - Roland Melkert - 2013-02-10

LDCad 1.2 (which I'm still working on) can bend just about any part as long you provide a suitable donor (primitive) and aren't scared of fiddling with lots of options.

I'm hoping to release a test (alpha) version later this week.

Re: Bending pieces?! - Michael Heidemann - 2013-02-10

I did not work with LeoCad so far, so i can't tell, sorry.

Re: Bending pieces?! - Philippe Hurbain - 2013-02-10

No, LeoCAD doesn't support flexible parts so far - though Leonardo made some experimentations in the past. So hopefully he will add this feature some day...!