[plugin] Connect Guide Points

[plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby sdmitch » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:14 pm

In response to a request "Connect Guide Points"
http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?f=323&t=46163

Pre-select the guide points that represent a single profile or cross-section of an object, execute the plugin and choose to "Close the loop" if desired. The plugin sorts the points based on proximity to each other and un-evenly spaced and/or convoluted shape may not process properly.
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby pilou » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:09 pm

It's a sort of Brownian movement :)

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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby brookefox » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:01 am

Thanks, Sam.

Anyone who has a specific use, please post it. For me they start to appear and then recede into the fog.
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby thomthom » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:30 am

Screenshot? Would make it easier to understand what the plugin does.
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby pilou » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:01 am

My screenshot is not sufficient ? :o :mrgreen:
Plug connects automatically by a line some selected "guide points" floating in the 3D space :)
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby sdmitch » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:36 pm

Bobs Ribs.png
This is a screen shot of the Bob's Ribs model that I used to test the plugin.

Bob's request was
I have a series of guide points that form the contour of an object. I want to connect the guide points to form "ribs" so that I can use Connect Edges by Loft.
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby brookefox » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:56 pm

So, Sam or Bob,

(It just seems like a stupid question...) Each rib is created individually (pick and run plugin 20 times or so for model shown) as otherwise there would be cross-connections between more proximate points on adjacent ribs?
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby sdmitch » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:22 pm

Yes the plugin would have to be run for each rib. There is no way to tell which rib an individual guide point belongs to without selecting them in groups.
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby Bob James » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:06 pm

This all started when I tried to apply Extrude Edges by Rails. I had two edge contours and two body shape contours. When I ran EEbR it "failed" to form a surface, but left me with these multiple "ribs". Unfortunately, I could not skin them because the were made up of construction points. Smitch then created "Bobs_Ribs" to allow me to connect the points into "ribs".
So now you all have "the rest of the story" :D
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby the.pjt » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:23 am

WOW .. GREAT PLUGIN .. TANKS ... USEFUL FOR CAPTURED Mapping DATA .. GIS .. ETC ... LIKE POINT CLOUD .. THANKS :)
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Re: [plugin] Connect Guide Points

Postby Miner_Jeff » Sat May 09, 2015 3:15 am

Lovely Plugin!
Still valid and useful in 2015!
Your generosity is appreciated!
Great for connecting x,y,z coordinates exported from Excel and plotted using the Points Cloud import function. http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=253563#p253563
I use it for path center line slopes.

Keep up the good work!

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