Eneroth Fractal Terrain Eroder
Splits every selected face to smaller ones and randomly moves around endpoints to make it look more like a natural terrain.
Eneroth Fractal Terrain Eroder

How to use it

First draw your terrain or other geometry you wish to erode. Then select the faces and click Plugins > Erode.

What it does

The plugin starts by converting selected faces to triangles. These are split into smaller triangles of which the endpoints are moved randomly. This is repeated a number of times to get a natural looking surface. Points binding other faces than those selected are not altered, meaning other faces doesn't get changed.

The original geometry is backed up to a group on a hidden layer in case you want to go back to work with the less complex geometry.

Known bugs and issues

If the selection makes up an inner loop of another face its sides will be disconnected to that face causing unexpected results. An easy workaround is just to draw a temporary edge between the selection and an outer endpoint  of the face.

Reviews

James P.'s picture

absolutely useful?. I don't use sand box very often if ever, I create any terrain with various methods at the time. but with this extension I can give my creations A 12 point oriental Massage back to life. Thank You... You've saved us once again. Keep up the good work??.

Wenk M's picture

that make it's so massive organic! Awesome

Loida G.'s picture

Me gustaría ver el progreso de la operación mientras espero. Excelente AddOn.

Fred B's picture

Love this extension :) Would like to see a progress bar that shows that the program is running. On some complex faces ,it has taken 3 or minutes to complete the process.

hamid e's picture

It's very useful , Thanks a lot .

David S's picture

Awesome extension. I totally would have paid $10 for it. I used it to make some nice looking rough wooden columns. If you set the iterations too high (only 2 in my case), it crashed SketchUp. I used 1 iteration with a pointiness of 5 to make some nice 8' tall columns that were about 8" OD.

Mark L's picture

hEY dAVID - HOW DID YOU SANDBOX THE COLUMN TO BEGIN?

Jay B's picture

Such a nice plug-in. I can't wait to try it. THANKS, and Happy Holidays!

Cassidy S's picture

Soooooooo good. WOW

Steven D's picture

Absolutely wonderful tool. Works exactly like it should!

mohamed s's picture

how can i add this tool in sketchup... please tell me..

DEEP C's picture

This is awesome..thank you! ..(just be careful how much detail you ask for...unless you have a supercomputer..lol)

Yishmael A's picture

increible.... definitivamente lo que necesitaba.

Authentic S.'s picture

Thank you so much for easing my job..... Youre hard work is worth really... Thank you

shirin K.'s picture

thank you :) i love this so mach

Nicola R's picture

I LOVE YOU!!!!

HESH Z.'s picture

hi eneroth
could u tell me pls where to place the rbz file for skp ver 13
thank u
hesham

Vermilicious's picture

A bit tricky to use, but very cool results.

Marko F.'s picture

really really nice...congrats!!!

iBot95 ..'s picture

love you! thanks a lot!

sepideh T.'s picture

how can i downlod it?

ahmed o's picture

56yg

deden S.'s picture

how to instal it

Ahmad A's picture

more good if appear botton :DD

Azmi M's picture

very nice!

Dem Remaerd's picture

liked it so much that I created an icon)
http://arc.ho.ua/img/ico/erode24.png

Eneroth3's picture

My example uses a material that doesn't have a distinct pattern and therefore can be divided onto multiple triangles without looking strange. Projected textures however should work for any material.

dd d's picture

Hi, How do I keep the texture intact?
When applying the erode on the geometry, all the texture gets messed up!
Thanks

dd d's picture

Hi, How do I keep the texture intact?
When applying the erode on the geometry, all the texture gets messed up!
Thanks

mr.Qbex's picture

ишь ты!

carlos hugo C's picture

EXELENTE +10

roel d's picture

I don't understand how the texture is applied in the example pictures. My texture is spread over and divided in dozens of little triangles. Also with projected textures. The example above however has a smooth texture.
Roel

Eneroth3's picture

My example uses a material that doesn't have a distinct pattern and therefore can be divided onto multiple triangles without looking strange. Projected textures however should work for any material.

Dienand C's picture

It looks wonderful and very interesting, but I don't see it in my extension folder of SU8. (I work on a iMac with OS.10.6.8). I can download it as: ene_fractalTerrain_v1.0.0_2.rbz

And when I click on that file I got a message that says: "Safari can't open this file because there is no program available to open it."

And It seems that I also don't have a plug-in folder.

So, I don't know what to do, please help!

como se instala?

lizhaoye_2005@yahoo.com.cn's picture

Bravo ! Thank you Eneroth.

Franz A's picture

a few point how this might be even better....

- an option to keep the borders where they are -> would be awesome=)
- a one step undo... currently one has to use the backup geometry or load the hopefully before saved state=)

other than that great idea and contribution!

Eneroth3's picture

the border stays where they are if they bound other faces but it's a good idea to have an option for it too. one step undo works for me in Sketchup 2013 and 8, Windows 7. what OS and sketchup version are you using? I'm glad you like the plugin :) .

Negarin H's picture

very good!

Praiser L.'s picture

Thanks a lot. With no doubt you are one of the best in sketchup.

Mike E's picture

Very good, I like it

bonjour
je ne retrouve pas le plugin après installation dans sketchup , une petite aide ! merci

Eneroth3's picture

Om du insallerat pluginet bör det ligga under menyn plugins.

Stuart M's picture

Why is this girl not employed by one of Sweden's leading architecture firms?

Hellas C's picture

I added it to Sketchup 2013, and it does not even appear in the plugins menu! Did I do something wrong?

Eneroth3's picture

What do you mean by adding? Have you installed it (either from within Sketchup or downloaded and uncompressed the file and directory in the plugin folder)?

Alvis's picture

Bravo!

Zarce V's picture

Fantastic :D

SEE-IT-3D's picture

Love it Eneroth - Makes a very good plugin for all - Boulder breaking stuff (James ogston)

Marcos P's picture

Very good!!!!

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