[Plugin] Torus 1.0

[Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Regular Polygon » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:53 am

Hi folks,

I couldn't resist one more plugin for creating simple shapes. This is an easy to use plugin that draws a torus. You just go to the menu item Draw -> Torus, enter the parameters in a dialog box, and place the newly created component in the model. You could draw a torus with the SketchUp Follow Me Tool, but it would take 5 minutes instead of 5 seconds.

dialog torus.png


This plugin will also draw a "twisted torus". OK, I made up the name. But it is the shape you would get if you could cut the tube, twist the ends, and glue them back together. To see the twist, the tube needs to have a polygonal cross section. But, you can control this aspect of the geometry by specifying just a few latitude lines for the torus.

twisted sqr tori.png


The examples above use a square torus. It is square because the tube has four latitude lines (the creased edges), with four sides (surfaces) in between, so the cross section is a square. The torus on the upper left has no twist. The next has one twist; if you follow one side around the torus, you will end up on the adjacent side after one revolution. The next torus has two twists, and so on, up to five twists.

sides 12 twists 12.png


You can have any number of sides and twists. In the example above, the torus has 12 sides, and 12 twists, so each side reconnects with itself after one revolution.

There is more documentation on the usage for this plugin, and a link to download it, here: regularpolygon.org/plugins/torus.php.

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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby jason_maranto » Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:17 am

I really dig all your plugins... but this one is unexpectedly cool.

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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby boofredlay » Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:52 am

Cheers.
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby d12dozr » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:56 am

Sweet shapes, I would think geometry teachers would like this. :geek:

RP, how about a fractal generating plugin? ...you know, just for kicks :P
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby shoeb_cars » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:57 am

this plugin of yours is gonna make someone's life so damn easier.....i mean sketchup life.. :P
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby notareal » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:41 am

:thumb: Sure, I can find a use for this. Thanks!
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby massimo » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:46 am

Thanks once again :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby meak » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:05 am

genius! big thanks :berserk:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby pilou » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:24 am

Geometric! :fro:
Surface without edges :mrgreen:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Burkhard » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:43 am

I need 12 second for a round torus with dimensions but your twisted torus is genius :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Ben Ritter » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:23 pm

Thank you very much!
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Regular Polygon » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:33 pm

Thanks a lot everyone for all your positive feedback. :D

d12dozr wrote:RP, how about a fractal generating plugin? ...you know, just for kicks :P


That's an idea. I can't think of anymore simple shapes to draw. Definitely would be just for fun.
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby simon le bon » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:03 pm

Hi Regular!

Are you going to join the happy few set list of the ruby masters ?
I didn't know today this plugin was existing. It is a new member : Arc who have told us about it regarding to an exercise we try to soluce.
Your Torus plugin make things too much easy (bad for the exercise ;) ). Thank you for sharing :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
>>make and endless spiral:





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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Regular Polygon » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:52 am

What a coincidence that our separate lines of work would meet like that! :shock:

You are doing things I never imagined people would do with this plugin. :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Box » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:59 am

It's a wonderful plug-in, ten minutes to whip up this.

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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Regular Polygon » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:51 pm

Thanks Box -- I really like your new avatar. :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Box » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:14 pm

That is thanks to you, it's one of your Toruses/Tori/torum. :roll:
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby halim » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:13 pm

can anyone make setting for this examples
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Regular Polygon » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:39 pm

Hi halim,

The top torus with 20 twists had these settings:

settings 20 twists.png


The bottom six tori had these settings, except they each have a different twist parameter varying from 0-5.

settings 0-5 twists.png


P.S. Welcome to the forum!
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby putnik » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:04 am

Thanks a bunch Regular Polygon! 3 twists setting produces geometry of the winning entry for Astana National Library by Bjarke Ingles Group (http://www.big.dk) :shock:
http://www.google.com.au/images?hl=en&s ... =&gs_rfai=
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby tomislavm » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:46 pm

Thanks!
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby ivreich » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:01 am

Error Message

Hi RP

I downloaded this plugin but it gives me an error message when I try to run it:

I'm using the default torus parameters...

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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:03 am

The error is related to Fredo's AdditionalFolder plugin. Are you running this from a folder other than the default plugins folder?
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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby ivreich » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:55 am

Rich O Brien wrote:The error is related to Fredo's AdditionalFolder plugin. Are you running this from a folder other than the default plugins folder?


Not at all. I've installed the plugin directly into SU's default Plugins folder. Would it help if I removed Fredo's AdditionalFolder plugin?

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Re: [Plugin] Torus 1.0

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:59 am

I'd try it at least. Then we can identify a clash between plugins.
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