Ali Torabi

Digital Architecture & Technology

Design by chance!

This video shows that random controller can produce Boolean values (TRUE-FALSE). For each object in the array Random controller returns True or False based on the user defined percentage. Higher value makes the controller to return True more often and lower value causes more False result.You can make decision based on the result of the random controller through a condition controller . This process is similar to coin flipping.

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March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm Comments (0)

Replace items in PARA 2.6

In PARA 2.6 you can replace the items of the array with a new object with same modifier stack.
This video shows the procedure.

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February 26, 2012 at 11:52 am Comments (0)

Introducing the Mix controller

Array on two curves
This video demonstrates use of MIX Controller in order to mix the effect of two independent curve controllers. Each of curve controllers is set to control the position of the box along a unique shape in two different dimensions. Incorporating both in one Mix controller approximate a surface which is result of translating one of the curves along the other one.
Mix controller settings

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August 22, 2011 at 1:16 am Comments (4)

Introducing Magnet Controller

Do you remember this tutorial?

One thing you may didn’t like about my Parametric Array was the SCRIPT controller. I know how it feels when you have to write some meaningless text to get something works and suddenly you face errors after errors! It happens to me many times when I was in beginning of my journey to become a programmer!
Ok, good news is you don’t have to do scripting anymore. PARA II offers zero-code environment to setups your logics and performs multiple tasks using objects (so called Controllers). Bad news is it’s too easy! So anyone else can do it!
Check out this video and see what you can do with Magnet Controller, don’t forget that you can use this controller inside other controllers and try out your own magnetic stuffs!

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June 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm Comments (2)

Curve controller and local offset

Parametric array 2.0 in action!

see how you can use controllers inside each other to create innovative designs in very short time!

in this video I show you how to use random controller to control the local offset value of the curve controller.

New Interface lets you to assign controllers to other controllers even if you have selected multiple properties.

more tutorials are coming , keep in touch !

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June 29, 2011 at 9:20 am Comments (5)

Animating parametric array

Level: Intermediate
In This Video:

  • Using time value to animate items in the array.
  • Offseting time value by adding index to it.
  • Use Trigonometric functions to distribute items in the array on an assuming surface.
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    April 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm Comments (12)

    Parametric brick wall.


    Parametric stone wall

    Level: Advanced
    In This Video:

  • Positioning items based on other items location and dimensions.
  • Randomize function inside the script controller.
  • How to use getItem function to address a specific property of an item inside the array.
  • Note: the getItem function returns the value of specific property of the specific object inside the array.
    getItem index:[index1,index2,index3] prop:property

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    April 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm Comments (13)

    Circular pattern response to an attractor object


    Level: Advanced
    In This Video:

  • Use script controller to access objects properties outside of the array.
  • control the radius of cylinders in array according to their distance from a specific object.
  • How to use setTarget command Addressing properties of other objects from script controller.
  • Using getItem command the get the value of specific property of the current item.
  • Note1: setTarget function can return the value of the any propety of any object outside the array.
    setTarget object:object name prop:property name
    Note2: if you dont mention the index argument in getItem function it returns the value
    of the property for the current item in the array.
    getItem prop:property name

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    April 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm Comments (25)

    Rotating panels along the surface

    Rotating Panles

    Level: Advanced
    In This Video:

  • Use curve controller to change U & V offsets of a surface controller.
  • Using preview mode to handle large number of items in the array.
  • surfaceController takes following arguments:
    surface:surface name –Name of object in 3ds Max
    feedback:transform/position/rotation –function returns transform matrix, position in point3 value and rotation in EulerAngles value
    uOffset:offset value –Increase or decrease offset in U direction
    vOffset:offset value –Increase or decrease offset in V direction
    normalOffset:offset value –increase or decrease the normal offset
    mode:1 or 2 — set the controller in relative mode (2) or absolute mode (1)
    order: 1 to 9 — choose the order of rotation (items in drop down menu) works only when feedback is set to rotation
    data: 1 or 2 — use uv-mapping information (2) or NURBS evaluation functions (1)
    uv:1 or 2 — choose the uv direction.
    surfaceID: index number — identify the surface index when works with nurbs object or choose
    the UV mapping channel when working with mapping information

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    April 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm Comments (4)

    Combine controllers inside your script

    Combine Controllers

    Level: Advanced
    In This Video:

  • Use curve controller to pass offset value to the surface controller.
  • Set the dim argument to apply the curve controller on a certain direction.
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