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max script and rhino script
show user profile  Lukel
Hi folks,
About to delve into the land of scripting in max as an architecture student. However, all the talk in architecture seems to be about generative design focusing on Rhino script which as far as I know is VB scripting. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether one is any different in terms of outcome than the other. Im only an average user of max but know nothing about rhino. Am i best just sticking with max script? And should i even venture into it without knowing max back to front?

A few sites to give you an idea of the sort of stuff being done with rhino script if youre interested.

Many thanks.

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4/5/2008 6:51:30 AM (last edit: 4/5/2008 6:51:30 AM)
show user profile  Dub.

One main advantage of Rhino is that it is surface based and not polygon based.
Scripting polygonal shapes is really hard because you have to worry constantly about all your polys.

If you DID decide to work in max, you'd probably have to work with NURBS or patches which are not nearly as advance as those in Rhino.

Also you'd probably have to code up a whole bunch of basic libraries in maxscript first so that you could play with rule based stuff - kinda like L-Systems.

Personally I think you should stick to Rhino for this type of stuff - you'll find more help from those who have been before.

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4/5/2008 4:21:00 PM (last edit: 4/5/2008 4:21:00 PM)
show user profile  Lukel
Gday Dub,
Thanks very much for the advice. On the basis of that I think I will try out Rhino scripting. Max will be where im staying for everything else though. Hope the Rhino modelling isnt too much of another steep learning curve.
Thanks again.

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4/5/2008 6:28:38 PM (last edit: 4/5/2008 6:28:38 PM)
show user profile  Amish bob
Rhino modelling is great. very easy to learn.

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4/6/2008 1:40:53 AM (last edit: 4/6/2008 1:40:53 AM)
show user profile  Aldrik

Yes rhino modelling is great, but it uses VB, and it's slow.
Is it possible to make a surface based modelling script for studio max? I mean I want to make some form by typing mathematic formulas...

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6/30/2009 3:42:57 AM (last edit: 6/30/2009 3:42:57 AM)
show user profile  Dub.
Depending on your knowledge of maxscript, you can do almost anything.

A parametric surface script would be relatively straightforward to build.

Max supports scripted custom objects - there the object primitive appears in the UI indistinguishable from one of the shipping max primitives.

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6/30/2009 3:56:02 AM (last edit: 6/30/2009 3:56:02 AM)
show user profile  Aldrik
Thanx for your comment!
I'm student of architecture, and I'm thinking about a script, I can use as global form helper. Something I can define some "criterias" for the curves that makes the surface. Simple but very useful. The curves can be drawn or just writen by a formula. But I don't know if is it real to build something like this, if it has rhino allready. I saw that but it's slow, sometimes get freeze, or quit for an error...

One of very similar plugin i mean is "mathsurf"...check it

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6/30/2009 11:00:09 AM (last edit: 6/30/2009 11:00:09 AM)
show user profile  Dub.
Why don't you just use mathsurf?

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6/30/2009 4:08:32 PM (last edit: 6/30/2009 4:08:32 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
"Depending on your knowledge of maxscript, you can do almost anything."

just not efficiently.

-Marko Mandaric

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6/30/2009 4:40:51 PM (last edit: 6/30/2009 4:40:51 PM)
show user profile  Dub.

well maybe efficiency depends on the task and dataset size you're working with :P

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6/30/2009 4:57:59 PM (last edit: 6/30/2009 4:57:59 PM)
show user profile  Aldrik
because mathsurf is polygon based and not nurbs surface based system...
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6/30/2009 5:10:32 PM (last edit: 6/30/2009 5:10:32 PM)
show user profile  Dub.
Oh, i didn't realise that you wanted NURBS. I that case I would advise against using max. Nurbs in the base max a pretty much an abandoned area. Rhino is built on NURBS and is far better suited for working with them.

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6/30/2009 5:17:11 PM (last edit: 6/30/2009 5:17:11 PM)
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