[Plugin] Shape Bender Beta

Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby TIG » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:54 am

zunkian wrote:Hi Tig,

I did what you suggest applying the ruby while the ruby console is open.
It started with an error message then suddenly the script runs down the
console until it completed it's task! The shape bender worked with no
bug splat!
Thanks!!!

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What was this 'message' ?
Perhaps about 'make_unique' being 'deprecated' ?
It's kind to share this kind of thing, so that we can help others with related issues...
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby GK65 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:01 pm

I had the same problem. The plugin works great when I bend a simple shape, but when I try to bend a more complex shape I get the following error code:
Error: #<NoMethodError: undefined method `all_connected' for nil:NilClass>
C:/Program Files (x86)/Google/Google SketchUp
8/Plugins/clf_shape_bender/clf_shape_bender.rb:364:in `curve_picker'
C:/Program Files (x86)/Google/Google SketchUp
8/Plugins/clf_shape_bender/clf_shape_bender.rb:242:in `onLButtonUp'

The error comes up after I select the straight line. Then when I select the curved line it goes to 15% then splat!

I love the plugin, hope I can get it working.
Thanks!
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Wlado87 » Wed May 02, 2012 3:30 pm

I have a problem with Shape Bender. The object is incomplete.
see:


What is wrong.
skp is in attachment.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Thu May 03, 2012 10:15 am

What is wrong is that your original is only 1/4 of a centimeter long. Too small for SketchUp. It works perfectly if you scale it up to a reasonable size, first.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Wlado87 » Thu May 03, 2012 6:06 pm

I had the same problem when I was doing with the larger size. But the problem was gone when i removed the SketchyPhysics plugin.
I have new problem (in picture). The green grid is out of way.


Thanks for first answer.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Thu May 03, 2012 9:43 pm

I don't know what you mean by "out of way" but it seems to me that you would benefit from learning more about the basics of using SketchUp before you get to trying stuff like this. What you're asking SketchUp to do is create a huge number of edges and faces which is going to cause it to bog down at best. You could create this shape much more easily if you made only a single revolution of the helix and copied it enough times to make up the length you need.

And work at a larger scale to give SketchUp half a chance to do what you want.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Shirin2u » Mon May 07, 2012 5:44 am

Hi,
I have a problem with using this plugin. Im new to sketchup, I downloaded the file and the processor but I dont know how to make it work lol anyone can help me here please?
when I click on the file its like I cant open or install anything.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Burkhard » Mon May 07, 2012 8:44 am

There are some threads here, which explains how to install Plugins. Here is one:
viewtopic.php?f=323&t=35746
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby winnersky » Tue May 08, 2012 9:06 am

thank you
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby hlferrell » Wed May 09, 2012 1:30 am

This tool looks incredible! I haven't gotten it to work yet, though. I have created a ramp and an arc and a line that stretches the length of the ramp - the line is on the red axis as the instructions indicate. I select the component (the ramp), then I select the shape bender tool and then try to select the single line. It doesn't seem to recognize the line - or anything once I've selected the shape bender tool.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Wed May 09, 2012 10:01 am

There are a number of things that it could be. Could you post at least a screen shot of the setup?
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby TIG » Wed May 09, 2012 10:42 am

Also try doing it it with the Ruby Console open and post us any error messages - this might help us see what's wrong.
The picked line and then picked curve can't touch each other, or any other 'raw' geometry.
We can but hope that you have correctly extracted and then installed the tool's subfolder with all of its cursor/toolbar image files etc intact, and that you have also installed 'progressbar.rb' from Smustard.com, all as advised on the download tool's page.
These are the two "most popular" screw-ups :o
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby cizqa » Sun May 27, 2012 2:03 am

Hello guys, please help me :)

This is my first time using this plugin and I am having error
ERROR: skpHelperClasses.rb:updateSkpMaterial, curMat is nil

It shows continuously after I click on the Shape Bender icon, it stops when I click on the red-axis line, and it starts to show again after I click the curve. I get to the screenshot I attached, but when I click enter to finalize the bending --> bugsplat!

Anybody knows what's wrong? Thank you very much.

Siska
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby TIG » Sun May 27, 2012 9:34 am

This is a V-ray related error and sometimes appears in other tools when it's not working properly.
viewtopic.php?p=327671#p327671
If you disable V-ray and restart Sketchup does the error stop ?
Thomthom also has a script that disables V-ray's load until you need it, which also speeds up startups...
Also check on the latest V-ray version etc as he advises in the link above...
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby cizqa » Mon May 28, 2012 12:20 am

I have disabled Vray from the preferences. Error message doesn't show anymore, but still, I got bugsplat whenever I try to hit Enter (finalize the bending). Thanks in advance :)
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby thomthom » Mon May 28, 2012 10:19 am

cizqa wrote:I have disabled Vray from the preferences. Error message doesn't show anymore, but still, I got bugsplat whenever I try to hit Enter (finalize the bending). Thanks in advance :)

What version of SketchUp are you using? The latest SU8M3 fixed even more bugsplats.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby TIG » Mon May 28, 2012 11:04 am

Can you post the simple SKP - group/line/curve - that you are trying to use...
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby rob-m » Tue May 29, 2012 8:37 pm

hlferrell wrote:This tool looks incredible! I haven't gotten it to work yet, though. I have created a ramp and an arc and a line that stretches the length of the ramp - the line is on the red axis as the instructions indicate. I select the component (the ramp), then I select the shape bender tool and then try to select the single line. It doesn't seem to recognize the line - or anything once I've selected the shape bender tool.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!


I have the same issue. I have an object(in this case some simple 3d text). I have a curve. I have a line on the red axis.
I select the object, hit the bend button, and cannot do anything else. It won't let me click a line or otherwise.
With the ruby console open, I get this message repeating on mouse move or clicks:
Error: #<TypeError: can't convert nil into String>

I am using the free version of SU8.0.14346
I get the same issue on SU7
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby TIG » Wed May 30, 2012 9:56 am

Rob-m

Are you sure you have installed the files/subfolder correctly, and have got/installed the separate progressbar.rb helper file as directed on the download page ?
I suspect that the tool is failing because it can't find some file it needs, probably a cursor image file in the tools subfolder...
This is what your file/folder 'footprint' should be...
Also if it looks like this check there is no "Compatibility Files" button on the Plugins folder window - with Vista/Win7 if you don't have FULL security permissions to write to a folder the system might shunt things off into a side folder without telling you, thereby breaking the paths needed by the scripts...
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby rob-m » Wed May 30, 2012 1:33 pm

Thanks TIG. if progressbar.rb is not installed there is normally an error when the shape bender is started. the issue I had was putting everything in the TOOLS folder, not the PLUGINS folder.
Dropped the clf_shape_bender folder and progressbar.rb into the plugins folder, retarted SU8 and all works fine now. Many thanks
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Wed May 30, 2012 1:47 pm

rob-m wrote:the issue I had was putting everything in the TOOLS folder, not the PLUGINS folder.


You should never put anything into the Tools folder.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby rob-m » Wed May 30, 2012 1:58 pm

So I'm learning. Many of the plugins I have picked up had instructions for placing in the tools folder. I will remedy that on my end.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby thomthom » Wed May 30, 2012 2:17 pm

rob-m wrote:So I'm learning. Many of the plugins I have picked up had instructions for placing in the tools folder. I will remedy that on my end.

Do you remember which ones? If they are located here on the forum we can see if we can correct that.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby rv1974 » Wed May 30, 2012 2:33 pm

Chris bending along 2-segment curve results are wrong. It wont keep the parallels.
Could you tweak the code please?
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Wed May 30, 2012 2:53 pm

rob-m wrote:So I'm learning. Many of the plugins I have picked up had instructions for placing in the tools folder. I will remedy that on my end.


I've never seen a plugin with instructions to put it into the Tools folder. I'd also be interested to know which ones those are. There are plugins that will appear in the tools menu but that's entirely different.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby rob-m » Wed May 30, 2012 3:29 pm

I actually don't recall which ones, sorry. Not from this site, I found them elsewhere before I found SketchUcation. Everything I need seems to be here or referenced here. Strangely though, all other plugins I had in the Tools folder seemed to work.
Thanks for the help.
My goal was to take a 3d wall carving and wrap it around a post for cutting on a 4 axis cnc router. This should work very well. thanks for this great plugin!
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby carammilla » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:43 pm

nice
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby pbacot » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:15 pm

Hello,

Thanks for the great plugin work! This is one I've never tried before so I thought I would, since it is often mentioned here. Is it supposed to work on Macs?

In this test I wish to make the rectangular bar bend in the shape of the curve shown. Are there any further tips on how to make it look more like the arc shape?

Thanks, Peter

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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby Dave R » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:27 pm

Peter,

I got it to go but only after I deleted your funny shape, purged unused stuff from the file, saved it and reopened it. Notice I also moved the line relative to the component. The distance between the line and the component will be used at the distance between the new component and the arc. I expect there distance you had in your set up was a bit too much for Shape bender to create the properly bent shape from the straight version.
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Re: [Plugin] Shape Bender Beta v0.55 UPDATED April 21, 2010

Postby pbacot » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:34 pm

Dave,

Thanks for the help! I didn't pick that up about the distance. I didn't find anything to purge but the object created by the plugin.

Peter
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