Here are 3 videos that will show you tha basic procedures for creating, editing and animating your path deformed meshes with TurboSplines 3dsmax script.
This video will show you how to use the tools in the Creation section to quickly make path deformed meshes.
- Load your paths
- Use different mesh types (cylinder, box, capsule, ribbon, custom profile, custom mesh)
- Create multiple meshes per path
- Add extra features to your meshes: Taper, Tip, Slice start/end
This video shows how to use the tools in the Edition section.
- Change basic parameters (radius, sides, segments, height)
- Edit and animate Path Deform properties
- Copy/Paste parameters between meshes
- Apply variation to get a more appealing look.
This video shows how to use the tools in the Animation section.
- Set Animation type: move, grow, reveal
- Configure Animation start and length
- Apply Offset and set animations order
- Adjust Path Percent values
- Set an Easing
For further information about TurboSplines, please check out the other tutorials or go to the TurboSplines Manual.
Welcome to the wonderful world of TurboSplines! 😉
With this quick start tutorial you will learn how to work with this script and begin to familiarize yourself with its tools. For that, we will create a simple scene with some growing splines.
You can access the following image from TurboSplines Help section, clicking the Quick Start Tutorial button.
The instructions in the image guides you through the typical steps required to create a “growing splines” animation.
These are basically the steps to follow, even simpler:
- Draw or prepare your splines (they will work as paths for Path Deform modifiers)
- On TS Creation section, go to Source Paths area and load your paths. They will be listed there.
(The steps 3 and 4 in the image are not necessary for this example, but you can do them to learn a little more about TurboSplines tools)
- Press (RE)BUILD GEOMETRY button. This will create one path-deformed cylinder for every spline. They will look the same as if you created renderable splines. The big difference is this way you can make them grow!
- Go to TS Edition section and change the Radius parameter to adjust the width of your meshes as desired.
- Go to TS Animation section and change Animation Type to GROW (stretch).
- Finally, press CREATE/MODIFY ANIMATION button (at the bottom of the section).
Now play your animation and you will see your cables growing.
This is just a quick sample of the power of TurboSplines. Play a while with all the script parameters and you will be able to make your scene and animation as complex as you like.
Maybe at some point of this tutorial you wondered this: why can’t I directly animate my renderable splines??
Well, here’s a good news: you can! 🙂
The porpose of this tutorial was to show you an overview of TurboSplines’ workflow, but if you only need to make growing splines, there’s an extremely simple way to do that:
- Just start directly with your renderable splines.
- With your splines selected, go to the TS Tools section and press Convert from Renderable Splines.
- Go to TS Animation section, set the Animation Type to GROW and finally press the big button at the bottom to create the animation.
You we’ll get the same result in less steps, leaving to the script only the animation part. Then you can modify the meshes with TurboSplines since they will be now TS meshes.
We hope you enjoyed TurboSplines. Check out the other tutorials and videos for further learning.
Here’s a video showing a quick overview of the most important tools in Spline Cleaner for removing excessive vertices form your spline curves: Optimize, Normalize and Reduce Vertices.
Visit our SplineDynamics channel on Youtube for more videos.
Here are 2 videos showing a quick overview of Spline Cleaner’s filters tool and the Splines Info Dialog.
Using Filters: take a look at how to select, attach, detach or delete spline curves in a smart and fast way with this great tool.
Fixing spline errors: Discover how to use the Splines Info Dialog to interactively get useful data from your splines and monitor their changes. Learn to make an error diagnosis and resolve the most common errors that splines could have.
Visit our SplineDynamics channel on Youtube for more videos.
Welcome to Spline Cleaner, a set of powerful tools for cleaning, repairing and organizing spline curves in Autodesk 3ds Max!
2. A dialog called “Software Activation” pops-up. Enter your license key in the text field. (You received 2 license keys by email when you purchased the product).
3. If the license key is correct, Spline Cleaner will start.
4. To add the script to a toolbar, go to the Menu > Customize > Customize user interface…
5. Go to the “Toolbars” tab and pick the category “Spline Dynamics”.
6. The script’s name, “Spline Cleaner”, must be listed there. Just drag it onto a toolbar and you’re done!
SPLINES INFO DIALOG
This script comes with an interactive tool called the Splines Info Dialog, wich displays very useful information about the selected shapes/splines.
We strongly recommend you to keep this dialog open everytime you manipulate spline curves to have an instant feedback about their changes.
- Draw some splines and shapes in your 3dsMax scene.
- Convert them all to Editable Spline (most of Spline Cleaner operations requiere Editable Splines to work. Otherwise you’ll get a warning message)
- Select the splines and open Splines Info Dialog (the topmost button).
- You’ll see there all the splines info: no. of shapes selected, no. of splines, segments, vertices, spline length, and more.
- Click the button Show/Hide Vertex Ticks to display all the spline vertices/knots.
- Make changes to the splines, add, delete and move vertices. Then re-select the splines or change the selection to update the splines info.
This tool can also make a diagnosis of possible errors on your splines, such as overlapping duplicates, double splines, overlapping vertices and empty shapes.
TOOLS, ROLLOUTS & QUICK HELP
If you scroll down the script’s interface (UI), you’ll see there are more tools and other rollouts.
The main tools are in the first rollout. In the rollout named More Tools there are some complementary tools, such as Flatten Splines.
In the rollout Basic Parameters, you will be able to change the basic parameters of all the selected splines at once. Try it!
On the right of every tool’s title there’s a question mark icon. When you place the mouse pointer over this icon, a tooltip with help appears. If you click it, in most of the cases, a dialog pops-up showing an extended help.
To start trying the script, you can play arming and disarming shapes with many splines. You can do it very fast with Spline Cleaner.
Draw some shapes and splines and create some duplicates to have a bunch of curves. Use the tools Splines Info Dialog, Attach Selected, Explode and Weld Vertices to see how powerful this script is.
We hope you enjoyed Spline Cleaner. Check for more tutorials on this site!