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By David Collins
#97403
Ignacio wrote:I need to model these funky precast panels
The mesh seemed to me like the best way to get at this, but I can see how nasty it would be to work out all the various contours elevations.

You might have better luck with an SEO approach. It seems like you could subtract the curving surface with an arched cylinder of some sort.

Of course, you have to model the cylinder somehow. Archiforma again or TUBE in GDL.
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Interesting problem there Ignacio. I have to ask a few questions though.

Are you working with any technical drawings (CAD or otherwise) that contain the technical data specifically of the curvatures and elevations of the Windows?

Because if that is the case then I really don't see why you wouldn't be able to do it in ArchiCAD using a combination of the mesh tool, SEO, and profile manager.

And the second thing is; 15 hours????? IMHO there must have been something you were doing wrong or overly complicated.

Normally I would hash out something curvlinear and freeform/organic like this in Rhino (since it's faster and more logical for me than Maxonform)and then import it into AC using either Maxonform, Zoom GDL or the 3ds import plugin ( assuming it's not too heavy polygon-wise. But if I were forced to make it completely in ArchiCAD using the basic tools, I would hammer out that bad boy using the aforementioned tools like so.

(bearing in mind that I'm modelling this completely fromthe single image you provided and trying to complete it as quickly as possible; hence the low resolution curves/surfaces and some of the inaccuracies that may be apparent)

Starting with the mesh tool and using 2 Elevation (or Section) views, 4 primary contour curves.......
(click on images for larger views)
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#97405
......and then using the elevations as mentioned, to check the curvature and combined with profile manager for additional profiles as shown with the fill in the elevation window in the lower left below. The other elevation window is the completed compilation.

As usual click on the iamge for a larger view.....
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#97406
.....after a few more tweaks of the mesh and some SEO subtractions here and there, the final object is saved as a window as shown in the final window object tool below. And then just select it and place in the wall as required......
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........final compilation of created windows in wall shown in the 3D perspective window. As I mentioned earlier, I did it hurriedly and with few contour curves hence the low resolution mesh

( which I know I can probably change in the GDL 3D script definition, but didn't want to because it was already dragging and slow as it was in the 3D window; Note to Graphisoft - ArchiCAD NEEDs some form of geometry instancing or referencing for heavy-poly objects, and especially library objects, to allow for more complex modelling in future versions. ASAP. like yesterday; no seriously, this is a feature that is like 2-3 versions long way way overdue).

also, I noticed that when one creates an object using the mesh tool and then saves it as a library part or object, it looses it's Automatic smoothing of ridges in the 3D window as in the native mesh tool/objects. Why is this? It's not too much of a biggie except when you have to export that model or render it using a 3rd patry plugin like the Maxwell plugin where the smoothing is completely lost.....
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......which is why I then exported it into 3ds MAX which has a smoothing modifier to allow one to re-smooth imported objects. As shown in the modifier stack below...... (C4D probably has a similar function for its users as well, and perhaps Artlantis as well.)
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.......for a final 35min image render (I' not certain if you were after a visualization or documentation solution when you started this post Ignacio so I took it all the way) using Vray with a pre-determined settings. I could probably tweak it a bit more, but this was largely for demonstration purposes.

As I have mentioned quite a few times, this is a very rough draft from a low-resolution model ( few curvature) hence the reason you can still see some facetting even after smoothing in MAX. I'm pretty sure that with a bit more time, more tweaking, and oh yeah, more accurate technical information, i could have produced a more spot-on window object. But like I said before, it all depends on what you`re aiming for. Visualisations options and programs typically offer solutions to ArchiCAD's weaknesses vis-a-vis accurately handling curving surfaces, and smooth handling of poly-heavy scenes and objects (such as with smoothing, instancing and proxies in MAX).

But if you were interested in creating the window for documentation purposes solely, there are also work-arounds for those shortcomings as well as long as you have all the technical information you need for an accurate representation. Personally as I mentioned early I would have done the whole thing quickly easily and more accurately using Rhinoceros. But a total of 2 or so hours taken for the whole spiel (including the render) still isn't that bad for ArchiCAD's native toolset as long as you plan ahead and smartly employ the various tools at your disposal.
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By TomWaltz
#97410
Bricklyne Clarence wrote:........final compilation of created windows in wall shown in the 3D perspective window. As I mentioned earlier, I did it hurriedly and with few contour curves hence the low resolution mesh

( which I know I can probably change in the GDL 3D script definition, but didn't want to because it was already dragging and slow as it was in the 3D window; Note to Graphisoft - ArchiCAD NEEDs some form of geometry instancing or referencing for heavy-poly objects, and especially library objects, to allow for more complex modelling in future versions. ASAP. like yesterday; no seriously, this is a feature that is like 2-3 versions long way way overdue).

also, I noticed that when one creates an object using the mesh tool and then saves it as a library part or object, it looses it's Automatic smoothing of ridges in the 3D window as in the native mesh tool/objects. Why is this? It's not too much of a biggie except when you have to export that model or render it using a 3rd patry plugin like the Maxwell plugin where the smoothing is completely lost.....
You're a Justin Timberlake fan, huh? (You can see it on the screen capture) ;-)
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TomWaltz wrote:
Bricklyne Clarence wrote:........final compilation of created windows in wall shown in the 3D perspective window. As I mentioned earlier, I did it hurriedly and with few contour curves hence the low resolution mesh

( which I know I can probably change in the GDL 3D script definition, but didn't want to because it was already dragging and slow as it was in the 3D window; Note to Graphisoft - ArchiCAD NEEDs some form of geometry instancing or referencing for heavy-poly objects, and especially library objects, to allow for more complex modelling in future versions. ASAP. like yesterday; no seriously, this is a feature that is like 2-3 versions long way way overdue).

also, I noticed that when one creates an object using the mesh tool and then saves it as a library part or object, it looses it's Automatic smoothing of ridges in the 3D window as in the native mesh tool/objects. Why is this? It's not too much of a biggie except when you have to export that model or render it using a 3rd patry plugin like the Maxwell plugin where the smoothing is completely lost.....
You're a Justin Timberlake fan, huh? (You can see it on the screen capture) ;-)
.......not particularly. I guess it just happened to be the song playing on the internet radio station (something from Shoutcast.com - I forget which station exactly) at the time I was doing the screen capture. (Actually I wasn't even listening at the time as I had it turned down - but it's good to know)
By Ignacio
#97412
Bricklyne Clarence wrote:\And the second thing is; 15 hours?????
It was *1.5* hours for some of the basic geometry, and realising that there was no way I was going to want to figure out and ArchiCAD-draft the projections of the paraboloids and tori and whatever in order to produce true contour lines.

(The construction drawings include overall dimensions, only some radiuses in a single vertical section and a bunch of curves with radii annotated 'to be approved by the architect'. The architect wasn't aware that those are not circumference arcs.)

It took me about 5 h to come up with some sort of believable mesh based on 6 contour lines which works on distant views and fails on exterior closeups because I can't have some of the mesh contours as hard edges and some as soft, and because it is hard to produce smooth curves (that is, avoid discontinuous variations in slope) fudging a bunch of contour lines. When I first open a 3D window it takes like 5 minutes to generate the first exterior view already (it goes fast after that), so I'll skip solid element operations on this one. I don't have the picture to attach now, which is good because one should never look at ugly things.

When I am back in the mood I'll fudge in some profile for the hard edge and when I need them I'll fudge the 2D views. This is the first time in like 7 years that I need true 'freeform' modeling.