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Making a spline follow a path.......grrrrr There must be a way!
show user profile  Dr. Jim
OK.....picture this:

The following is NOT my exact situation,...I am presenting it in a simple way to hopefully get some help.

I have a long thin spline object from Illustrator. It is essentially a long outline shape with various notches cut out of it (so it bends 1 way...then continues...then bends back...etc)...
It also has rounded corners.

I want this spline to be able to travel and deform along a path.....E.G. Pathdeform mod would be ideal.

Problem is...since the spline is composed of mostly straight segments,...it wond bend properly.
It is wayyyyyyy too long a spline to simply set the interpolation to 100. (And not even sure if that helps anyway in this instance).

I tried making it a NURB (which i know nothing about)....that didnt help either.....

Thoughts?

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6/7/2010 5:21:22 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 5:21:22 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Are you extruding this spline? if so add a subdivide modifier. It will help it bend the way you want it to.
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6/7/2010 5:24:46 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 5:24:46 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Would prefer not to extude it. I would like to use it as a renderable spline.
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6/7/2010 6:05:44 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 6:05:44 PM)
show user profile  Haamu
normalize spline modifier?
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6/7/2010 6:15:44 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 6:15:44 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Is it an editable spline?
If so, can't you just use the refine tool and add more verts manually?
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6/7/2010 8:03:44 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 8:03:44 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
thats ALOT of verts my friend. It wont just automatically deform and follow the path properly byt adjusting a straight segment betweek 2 verts to be a curve....follow?

You would have to add a shit ton of verts to get it to not look segmented.....etc.


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6/7/2010 8:45:29 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 8:45:29 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Without seeing what you're trying to do it hard to help.
One last thought.
What if convert the verts to smooth or bezier?
I did a quick test and it does bend smoothly around a curve without too many verts.
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6/7/2010 9:20:31 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 9:20:31 PM)
show user profile  Dub.
does the free plugin "splinemesher" by grant adam help at all?


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6/7/2010 9:41:45 PM (last edit: 6/7/2010 9:41:45 PM)
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