Ali Torabi

Digital Architecture & Technology

Surface cladding and surface unfolding

This video is first tutorial in preparing materials for fabrication of simple surface using triangle panels. first you learn how to use PARA to panelize a surface with a triangle panel and then you will find out how to transfer each individual panel from the current location to ground plane and sort them in order to create planar faces. the result can be exported to CAD software to use for laser cutting for example.

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January 17, 2012 at 10:10 am Comments (0)

New features of PARA 2.5 (Part 5/ paint utility)

PARA can be used as an analysis tool . With paint utility you can visualize any scalar value with painting the items inside the array based on a given color chart. the color sample also can be customized via material editor.

January 16, 2012 at 9:26 am Comments (0)

New features of PARA 2.5 (parts 1-4)

I’ll be posting a couple days from now some parts of our webinar about new features of PARA 2.5.

Please feel free to comment and post your questions.

January 12, 2012 at 10:09 am Comments (0)

Upgrade to PARA 2.5

New features :

Main interface:

1. PARA works now on single object. you can use parametric controllers of PARA not only on arrays but also on single 3ds MAX entities .

2. Property list has been improved to show the structure of Parametric controllers and their relation with each other. click on filter key to see all controllers working on your objects and their hierarchy.   You can

3. An option is available to keep a copy of original object which you’re going to array.

4.Right click on select array node button will select all the array members.

Revised controllers :

1. curve controller supports array on multiple spines in one curve.

2.curve controller supports array on multiple curve from another parametric array

3. You can measure the curvature of shapes using curve controller.

4. Array variable controller provides sub-object index number

5. More options for convert controller

6. Parametric Array link look up function has been improved . You can choose what to do when array reaches the first and last item.

7. Test value controller can perform variable validity check.

8. Vector controller has now more functions.


new controllers:

1. Intersection Controller: solves intersections for two lines, a line and a plane and two plane. for single objects as well as objects from two different arrays.

2.Mesh Controller : provides access to topologic information of Mesh and Poly objects in 3ds Max. also extract geometric properties such as face center , vertex position, normal vectors, Gaussian and mean curvature.

Bugs Fixed:

start up problem with loading Microsoft excel connection has been resolved. We decided to change this type of connection to CSV format (comma separated values) in case of user doesn’t have excel application.

January 11, 2012 at 11:27 am Comments (0)