[Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:36 pm

Hi everyone,

I am trying to draw a handrail for "2 quart tournant" stairs ( don't know the word in english :/ ) since a bit.
When i saw this plugin i thought a miracle will come, but actually after i downloaded and installed it...nothing happened !
I select my path and my shape and then click on the FAK pluginin my plugin menu, but nothing happens.
Where am i wrong ? What do i don't understand ?

Please help, this handrail is making me crazy !

Thanks !!
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Box » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:24 pm

The profile and path need to be in the same context. Put the profile into the paths group and try again. Your path isn't continuous either, there is a slight problem in the top straight section, easy fix, delete it and redraw it making sure to connect properly with the curve.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:26 am

Thank you soo much for answering so quickly !
I tried to do what you explain, but nothing happens again.
I may not redraw and fix well the straight sections, but i don't know how to do it properly.
Would you help me again ? could you join the .skp file you did for me to see how you did ?
Thanks again !
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:02 am

I even tried to connect the lines with the Weld ruby script, then put the profile into the path context, but it dosen't work.
:'(
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Box » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:23 am

Here you go.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:27 am

Ohh merci ! But i have SU8 so i can't open your file who is in SU13 :/
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Box » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:29 am

Why does your profile say 2013, I checked that before I saved it.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby TIG » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:34 am

Here is the 'written' version...

Edit the path group...
Double-click on an end segment.
If there is a break in the path not all of it will highlight.
Zoom into the 'gap' between the parts.
In this case it's near the top part and very small...
Either draw in the missing piece, or perhaps more easily - deselect everything, and then use the Move tool to drag and relocated the end of one part snapped onto the other, thereby closing the gap.
Double-click again and everything should highlight.
IF you want a smooth path now 'weld' the selection, and provided there are no branching lines in the path [none in this case], it'll become a single 'curve': this will select with a single pick-click.
Exit the path edit.

That's the path fixed.

Next... did you understand the part about 'same context'.
You only need one profile and that needs to be at one end of the path.
Delete any others?
Now select the profile and Edit>Cut.
Edit the path group again and Edit>Paste In Place to add the profile onto the path end.

Now you should be able to use FAK [FollowMeAndKeep] on the desired path and the profile face as desired... You may need to smooth the result or reverse faces [depends on the profile's initial orientation], or with View > Hidden Geometry ON you may wish to make some of the form's edges solid [NOT smoothed/softened] - so select them and use the Entity Info check-boxes to adjust as desired...
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:41 am

Merci beaucoup beaucoup !
I will try to do exactly what you say.
Hope i'll be smart enough to suceed !
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:49 am

And thank you Box, i can open it now!
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:37 am

TIG wrote:Either draw in the missing piece, or perhaps more easily - deselect everything, and then use the Move tool to drag and relocated the end of one part snapped onto the other, thereby closing the gap.
Double-click again and everything should highlight.


What i don't understand is that when i use the move tool at the end of the straight line on the top, the curved line moves with it, as if it was already snapped. So i don't figure out where is the gap you are talking about
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby TIG » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:09 pm

With nothing selected the Move tool looks for objects below the cursor and offers you the best hit.
That can be a face, edge or the start/end vertex of a edge - hover over the very end and it should display a green-dot, then press+drag that to the nearby other vertex - on the other side of the gap... then the gap is 'healed'...
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby News » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:31 pm

Thank you for your answer.

I had to redraw all the path in one time, because even doing what you said at last, it wasn't working. I am sure there's something i don't get, i'll figure out one day.

Thank you for all your effort !
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby tspco » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:10 am

Trying to make a screw conveyor, using Follow me helix, making a profile, then trying FAK, the result is not pretty, nor round as it should be. Quite frustrated at this point.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby gilles » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:08 am

Try Screw_1.5.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby gilles » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:15 am

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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby tspco » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:43 am

Got my problem solved, what I was doing was not FAKs fault, apparently there is a issue with Follow me helix, and doing what I wanted, I went and got drawhelix13, good to go!
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby uma30 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:02 am

good day can someone help me off here im having problem with downloading and installing of follo me tool please help thank you
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Burkhard » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:24 am

How can we help with no information of what you tried to do?
Downloading in general is basic knowled. You should tell a bit more.
Installation problems is not possible when you could not download it.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Aroundthebend » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:33 am

Hi can someone help. I'm trying to create a Spiral Guard see attached image.

I've created a Helix (The path used to create the helix was also used to create the wire/cable that runs inside the Helix). Using the helix I'm trying to create the Spiral Guard that will wrap around the wire. But I've had no luck. The profile I've created is not following the helix the way I want. any ideas?

Please find attached a SU example.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Box » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:48 am

You might have more luck with ...
Follow me Helix
viewtopic.php?p=353956
or Helix along curve
viewtopic.php?t=51770
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby Aroundthebend » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:44 pm

Box wrote:You might have more luck with ...
Follow me Helix
viewtopic.php?p=353956
or Helix along curve
viewtopic.php?t=51770



Thanks for the quick reply Box.

I used Helix along curve to create the Helix. I'm having trouble creating the 'Spiral Guard'. I've drawn a profile (cross section of the 'Spiral Guard') but I can't get it to follow the Helix the way I would like Using FMK or SUs Follow Me tool. I'll have a look at Follow me Helix
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby callinas » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:47 pm

Hi, have installed the plug-in and worked fine. Today i m trying to use the tool, but simply dont work. What may i do ?
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby cotty » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:58 pm

You may upload an image or the model...
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby tailgater » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:08 am

callinas wrote:Hi, have installed the plug-in and worked fine. Today i m trying to use the tool, but simply dont work. What may i do ?


Is it in your plugins folder? Are you using an updated version of SketchUp?

I somehow find out how I solved mine.

If your problem is same as mine, open your FAK.rb and paste this line of code on the very top line:
require 'sketchup.rb'
Save it, then make sure the rb file is in the tools folder and not in the plugins folder.
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Re: [Plugin] FollowMe and keep (v0.04 update 20090210)

Postby terrylewis » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:18 pm

Incredible!

Thank you! Why don't you distribute this through sketchup and sign it? It is very nice work and it would make it easier for the user.
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