nz_Surface
Create Organic Forms, Simulate Tensile Surfaces, SmoothPatch Details, Model Terrain and more
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nz_Surface

nz_Surface is an ideal tool which allows you to

  •  surface an area between specified points and resolve complex organic geometries whilst retaining complete control of the edge conditions.

  •  Organically plug a hole within your model.

  •  Pitch a tent or span a tensile fabric,

  •  locate survey points or model a terrain,

  •  prepare a model for subdivision or

  •  create a complex model with facetted details only where their needed…

 

We want to make creating forms easy so that we can focus on creating meaning and experience… here are some of the features.

 

4 point - Point Finder: Smooth out the Bumps

Closing a 4 point non-planar opening can result in diagonal edges which awkwardly bulge or indent rather than smoothly resolve by curving in both directions…. “4 point - Level Finder” will find for you the perfectly proportional solution folding to the centroid of the four points….

 

4 point - Point Finder: Create Terrain

When working with Surveys a single iteration of  ‘Point Finder’ solves the critical problem of locating a 5th point from 4 know points this allows you to realistically and intelligently surface terrain from a survey…

 

Preparing for a Global SubDivide?

You don’t necessarily want millions of faces so start by adding complexity only across the corners and details which are far removed from the forms you wish to achieve… when your model is as proportionally correct and organic as you like you can then run the global subdivide to finalise the finish…. use nz_Surface to correct details or create subdivided solutions only the the parts of your model that actually need curvilinear resolutions

 

Create Curvilinear Models with Key straight edge design lines

Create organic shapes and models from key points and definable straight edges.  The kind of details you find within industrial designs where key design lines are ‘matched and married’ with organic sculptural forms. 

 

Easily Produce Tensile Structures

nz_Surface can simulated tensile fabrics pinned at 4,5,6,8,10,12 points

 

Beyond ‘4 point - Point Finder’:

4 point - Point Finder is the key tool within this set, based on it we have developed the other variants… as a bonus we enabled some fun settings to play with and a series of hot-keys so that you can change your mind on the fly as well….

 

Hot Keys

Control:              Toggle Greebles (Textures) ' Smooth | Diamond | Crystal | Adaptation | Shell | Field '

Command:         Toggle Centroid Placement: Natural(auto)|Manual

Spacebar:           Random Variations to surface finished when not using a 'Smooth' texture

Up | Down Keys: Control the four levels of Iteration 1|2|3|4 for a extra smooth finish or face-efficient solution

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

ACCESS MEMBERS: Choose to access each GREEBLE(Texture) as an Independant Group

 

CUSTOM GREEBLE

Includes Preset Greebles and the ability to make your own variations via

Shell+

Field+

Chamfer+

 

 

 A Touch of World Architecture

 nz_Surface allows you to achieve some of those forms you see architect’s produce that appear all so difficult to envision

 

 We believe in “Enabling Creativity” so here’s another tool which invites the imagination and with it enables the creation of some impressive designs… now that we’ve levelled the ‘playing field’ we can focus on creating meaning which is where the real game lies…

 

 Create something meaningful!

 

 

 

 Enjoy!

 

PS.

VERSION 2+ :BONUS FUNTIONALITY

 

INFLATE / DEFLATE: The Surface can now be inflate or deflated beyond it's Neutral 'Tensile' profile

PROFILES: TENSILE | SPHERICAL | BULGE

 

Please note in the interest of clarity I have separated the commands into two toolbars and/or collections

 

TOOLBAR 1 (The Original nz_Surface) provides a tensile structure simulation shall we say as described above. This is based on the mathematics that would determine a 5th point from four known points.  Consequently you achieve the flattest/smoothest resolution of the possible surface between clickpoints.... toolbar one differs from toolbar 2 because it has the technical capacity to model probable terrain and infer new points from survey data, it can also model tensile structures.  

 

TOOLBAR 2 (Version 2+) provides quite a different service to toolbar1, you can now tease/force the neutral position of the skin into an inflated or deflated state this is very useful making this tool even more versatile than before.

 

 

 

 

 

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2.24 MB
Version:
nz_Surface (2.0.8); November 15, 2018
Price: 
$12.00
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2 days
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