Spline Poly Bind

7 votes
Version: 
0.02a
Author Name: 
Vojtech Cada

Creates an empty vertex-only object that you can deform with polybrushes (or any other editable-poly-friendly tool), and the splines will follow the deformation:

Spline Poly Influence

Additional Info: 

Usage:  Run the script and with the dialog open, select the splines you want to deform. They should be editable splines or deformable lines, the more points the more granular control over them (you can use the Normalize Spline modifier to add more points to your splines. After running the script, a new vertex-only poly object is created and activated.

You can use all the usual tools for moving its verts, like the Shift Move brush, Shift Rotate Brush, Shift Scale brush, Conform brush or even classic Soft Selection. Just don't remove or add new points.

If you want to ignore/mask specific parts of splines to edit, enter the vertex subobject level of the PolyBind object, select the verts you want to ignore and use the Hide Selected button inside Edit Geometry.

Installation: The .ms file can be run from any location (Maxscript -> Run Script...). If you want to put it in toolbar, menu or quadmenu, you can create a macroscript using Macroscript Creator.

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Nik's picture

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As always super! Simply magnificent! Thanks.
This tool is worthy of being the default in 3dsMax. It seems that Autodesk developers are far from real modeling tasks.

1rv's picture

Thanks for explanation!

Thanks for explanation!

Swordslayer's picture

 

If you have a poly surface and create splines out of that, sure, that will support the other brushes and there's no reason to go roundabout way about it (the shift brushes perform the exact same way though).

This is for splines, for example when you have a cable bundle generated with spline fibers and want to add zipties and pinch it where you added them or otherwise tweak it.

1rv's picture

Right, I it understood later

Right, I it understood later :) It looks like deformation brushes perform better on true surfaces; and later all is needed is to extract all loops as shape.

Swordslayer's picture

  

Make the spline copies, not instances, when duplicating them. If you want to deform an instanced shape, select just one of the splines when creating the binding.

1rv's picture

SO Timely!Many thanks

SO Timely!
Many thanks
Issue: Works well only if multiple spline attached into one before running the script, otherwise every brush stroke kind of cancels previews deformation.

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