( comes from previous post )WHY THIS, THEN?
Imagine that Modo would have a special Spline with these features/ characteristics:
— It could be a variation/spezialization of Pen Tool (or a separate special tool)
— Type: 'Subdivs' (as is now) AND 'PixarSubdivs' (not existent actually)
— Wall Mode 'Both Sides' and Offset '0 cm' (not possible actually)
Or simply put: Mode 'Spline' (no width)
Then, you could draw with this 'zero-width' ribbon. We could call this 'Subdivided Spline' or 'PixarSubd Spline', instead of 'PseudoNURBS'.
Once you have your 'zero-width' geometry you could convert it to:
— Non-subdivided geometry
— Standard SDS geo
— Pixar Subd geo
Exactly the same behavior that polygons, but with zero width.
Imagine that we could operate with this 'kind-of-spline' using the standard Modo tools (not possible actually, what you see on vide has LOTS of limitations and drawbacks):
— Bridge (this would be a loft between 2 splines)
— Revolve (Radial Sweep)
— Tubes (curve extrude, using the same kind of splines for section and path)
And we would get standard poligonal geometry (non subdivided, SDS or PixarSubD)
Apart from the good behavior and feedback with these new 'kind-of-splines' (call them pNURBS or whatever you prefer), which means a good curvature-continuity and much less points to create a well formed curve
… we would get the great benefit of a perfect match between the original profile and the resulting poligonal mesh
. Something you can see in video.
Ideally we could even dream with a extended toolset:
— Loft between 3 or more pNURBS
— Birails (two 'parallel' paths and a transversal 'section')
— Tubes with a initial and final splines (diferent form, same points)
And all these tools to generate, I repeat, not NURBS surfaces. Nope. To generate just POLYGONS (flat, SDS or PSUBD). I don't mean to try convert Modo in Rhino ;-)
You would like this?
When you draw with this "Pen-WallMode-Thin-Subdivided" standard Modo tool (what it's on this kit), you feel like this 'dream' is really possible. Because it seems so near… And all this occurs INSIDE MODO. This is not made using Rhino or Maya.
For that reason I have made this kit (to play with) and the video. Only as a try to open eyes to what it would be possible.
But it would be necessary to invest on NEW tools. And this is something that only Developers could do. Or maybe some brave programmer, using the SDK (not sure if this would be possible).
Of course, I have not the capabilities to do this. At all.
Hope you find this interesting.
I can not do more. But it has been funny :-)
Message edited by Cristobal Vila on 12/24/2013 - 12:16 PM