Joeri wrote:Instead of using Maxonform, I model difficult shapes in SketchUP (Sandbox tool) and import in AC as an object. No parametric objects at all, but one get nice results within minutes...
For furnishings / entourage, this can be a useful method. But, for something that is to be actually built - the shell of a building for example - I don't think that the SU Sandbox tools are sufficient. Happy to be proven wrong though!
Sandbox tools are basically a Ruby script that let you manipulate a triangulated mesh. Re-forming that shape later on in response to engineering speicifics is beyond sandbox, I think? With MaxonForm, the swoopy form is deformed from control points/lines..which can correspond to your structural supports (e.g., steel framework) - and so the swoopy shape redefines itself as you reposition those elements.
(Naturally, in either SketchUp or MaxonFom...as with most object-making...you want to keep the original elements in that program for subsequent editing. Too easy in MaxonForm to forget to save in c4d format before sending the result back to ArchiCAD...)