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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby dana2048 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:25 pm

This tool did exactly what I needed! Great work!

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[REQ] [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skin

Postby JClements » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:48 pm

Could this plugin be adapted into a new/similar plugin but for sheet metal fabrication? With some of the functions described here in this SolidsWorks video; in particular bend lines and flattening functions?

http://www.hawkridgesys.com/products/so ... ted-bends/
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Osuki99 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:35 pm

thankk you very much ^^
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby ronys » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:11 pm

Thank you for this amazing plugin.

I am trying to use the outcome of the Curviloft for hotwiring foam (with CNC) for RC airplanes.
My problem is that the some of the faces created are triangular - which is great for the purpose of lofting in SU, but is not good for hotwiring. If I use the path of triangles, the speed of the wire will not be constant on both faces.

Anyway, my question is:
Is there a way to make Curviloft create only quadratian faces?

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby jgb » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:58 pm

This is not a Curviloft (CL) problem.

Only when a 4 sided face is defined by opposite parallel lines will it form a face without triangles. A triangles face is, by definition, always flat.

If a 4 sided (or more) face has any 1 vertex not in exactly the same plane, SU and CL will define the face with triangles.

In your model, the lines defining the curves are not quite parallel in the lower 7 segments, and therefore cannot be defined by a 4 sided flat surface. You can prove this to yourself by drawing lines and seeing that they will not face. Other than adjusting one side or the other, there is nothing CL can do to fix that.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby jeff hammond » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:46 pm

ronys wrote:Anyway, my question is:
Is there a way to make Curviloft create only quadratian faces?

curviloft.png


Thanks,
Rony


post the .skp (or that portion of the model).. there's probably a way to get better results than the long triangles you're getting.. (via better curve segmentation and/or curvilot settings)
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Jimmymino » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:03 pm

Hey community.

Im having a bit of trouble with this plugin. Maybe the way I am applying it or maybe Im doing something wrong. Could someone help?

Every time I attempt to loft an object along a path, the preview looks fine but the final result has tons of faces missing.

I am trying to get information on what the various options in the toolbar are once you see the preview, (ie, sampling, interpolating, etc) and what they do, but cant find any info on it.

Can some help?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Dave R » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:08 pm

Very likely you're working on something that is small and you're running up against the short edges/small faces issue. It would be most helpful if you would upload a sample SKP file that exhibits the problem you're having. Otherwise we're taking stabs in the dark.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby peterromao » Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:13 pm

Hey, great tool tat I've been using for some time.

Funny that only now did I come across this green dialog box stating:

"Handling Needle Eyes and other defects! -1"

Could someone enlighten me as to what this signifies?

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby fredo6 » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:40 pm

peterromao wrote:Funny that only now did I come across this green dialog box stating:

"Handling Needle Eyes and other defects! -1"

Could someone enlighten me as to what this signifies?

Thanks!

There are a few checks on the contours, but this is not very accurate.

Needle eyes are defects which derive from the suprposition of two contours, creating small loops.

In general, Edge defects are better handled by EdgeInspector.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby cemileca » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:15 pm

Hi, Friends..

Curviloft not working in 2015 vercion SU :(
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby TIG » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:01 pm

cemileca wrote:Hi, Friends..

Curviloft not working in 2015 vercion SU :(
Resolved in a parallel thread... viewtopic.php?p=555210#p555210
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby empty00 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:26 am

why it says I'm not authorized to download it
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby TIG » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:19 pm

empty00 wrote:why it says I'm not authorized to download it
You are clearly a member and logged in here to do this post...
Are you logged in to the side of the forum which hosts the PluginStore etc ?
Top-right corner of the page 'log-in' in red...
Currently there are two parts, each needing a member to be logged-in to access all possibilities - however, after logging in you should be remembered thereafter in either [unless you have cookies disabled], unless you haven't visited for a long time...
Please log-in there and retry.
If that doesn't fix it report back...
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Kashaki » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:18 pm

Great plugin, i am loving it! I have just discovered it silly me.

Still! Hope someone can help me out. I make 3d belzier curves, copy array 15 of them and place them behind each other with space in between. Group them after welding and then use Sketchy FFD to make an organic form of those 15 curves. When i then ungroup them, select them all and use Curviloft it starts working till around 90% and then Sketchup crashes. Can someone help me? Thanks in Advance. When i reduce the curves and just use two of them all is good. Working on Mac with 16 GB RAM.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby cotty » Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:20 am

Is there a way to control the face normals? In this example, I was not able to get the right face orientation...
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby fredo6 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:21 pm

Kashaki wrote:Great plugin, i am loving it! I have just discovered it silly me.

Still! Hope someone can help me out. I make 3d belzier curves, copy array 15 of them and place them behind each other with space in between. Group them after welding and then use Sketchy FFD to make an organic form of those 15 curves. When i then ungroup them, select them all and use Curviloft it starts working till around 90% and then Sketchup crashes. Can someone help me? Thanks in Advance. When i reduce the curves and just use two of them all is good. Working on Mac with 16 GB RAM.

Kashaki!

The best would be that you post your model. There may be many reasons why Curviloft have big troubles when the geometry could includes defects.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby fredo6 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:23 pm

cotty wrote:Is there a way to control the face normals? In this example, I was not able to get the right face orientation...

Curviloft is not really managing face orientations. This is one thing I have to change when I update it (I understand now better the logic of Sketchup).
But you have several plugins to reverse or align face orientations now.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby cotty » Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:15 pm

Yes, I'm able to change those ;-) I just wanted to make sure I have not overlooked any option to change it directly.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby serdustser » Sun May 10, 2015 9:44 pm

thanks fredo
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Lofting for sailplane wing

Postby blackcat1313 » Mon May 11, 2015 6:09 am

Hi - I have been using this great plugin to design a sailplane wing. I hope to be able to create either a mold or plug using a CNC router from the design. The main part of the wing and the very small end portion of the wingtip are done, but the elliptic section in between won't loft.

In the attached file, there are 7 curves representing the airfoil shape at different stations along the wingtip. Everything has been scaled up 100x to avoid the "small edge" problem. The trailing edge of the foil is left open as it is easy to add this face once the rest of the surface is lofted.

I can loft between most pairs of adjacent foils successfully, but when more are added, Curviloft "twists" the vectors at the trailing edge. The problem seems worst on foils 3 and 4, counting from the root. I have tried untwisting them using the plugin features, but I can't get that to work.

The edge count in the foils is pretty high, as these are automatically generated by an airfoil program. I don't have any convenient way to control this. I have a feeling that if this could be reduced, it might work. I was hoping though that some one would have another suggestion.

Thanks!

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Box » Mon May 11, 2015 8:16 am

You can use another of Fred's excellent plugins to cleanup before lofting.
Here it is cleaned with Curvizard then Curviloft.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby blackcat1313 » Mon May 11, 2015 3:56 pm

Box wrote:You can use another of Fred's excellent plugins to cleanup before lofting.
Here it is cleaned with Curvizard then Curviloft.


That is amazing, thank you so much! I installed Curvizard, followed the video, and everything was looking good until the last loft segment. Then I got a bugsplat.

Any ideas? I'm using Sketchup 2013 on a Mac if that makes any difference.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby blackcat1313 » Tue May 12, 2015 5:00 pm

Hi Box -

I have been looking at the documentation for Curvizard and I see there are quite a few settings on the buttons palette that affect the way the tool works. Would it be possible for you to share with me the settings you used to clean up the curves? The video above is tightly cropped so the settings are not visible. Thanks!

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby blackcat1313 » Thu May 14, 2015 6:02 pm

Box wrote:You can use another of Fred's excellent plugins to cleanup before lofting.
Here it is cleaned with Curvizard then Curviloft.


You may have been able to loft it, but can you make it into a solid? I have been able to loft using 4 the airfoils, but even though it looks good, there are too many errors to make it into a solid. I can get faces on the root, tip, and trailing edge, but Solid Inspector**2 finds hundreds of problems that it says cannot be fixed automatically.

This is with Sketchup 2015, I upgraded to see if that would improve things. It didn't.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby caermalo » Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:34 pm

Hello fredo
I have the following problem with the plugin
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby dogtorque » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:38 pm

OH MY GOD!
Thank You so Much
I just tried out this tool and it works it is saving me sooo much time in my creating the faces in my 3d models! and since I do 3d modeling of my own car designs so I can use them in unity this tool is like a blessing! and that it is free just makes you a generous person! if anyone else made this tool they would more than likely of charged a large amount of money for this tool which would suck because I literally don't have a budget for my 3d modeling because I don't have a job right now and I'm currently living with my parents.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby jmeek » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:06 pm

I'm using Curviloft on a Mac. It worked great for one day. Now skinning process bar just stops with 0%. No further effort on my part seems to correct this situation. I'm trying skinning function on a very simple wire frame. Can anyone offer suggestions?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby Dave R » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:13 pm

Maybe you could post the SKP file? We might actually be able to help you if we could get our mitts on it.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.4a - 19 Oct 14 (Loft & Skinnin

Postby jmeek » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:38 pm

Curviloft skinning is working now, after uninstalling and reinstalling Fredo6 Tools. The disruption of began after installing Fredo6 Tools over top the already installed Curviloft.
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