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Matthew Severin
lofting complex curves
on Jun 9, 2010 at 8:29:13 pm

I am working on a watch bezel and created a curve in Illustrator.

After importing the curve I make a new circular curve, then I loft the 2 curves.

I am able to get them to connect but it doesn't look entirely right. I'm getting some unwanted twisting I'd like even, straight lines.

Any recommendations?

web.mac.com/mattparkerseverin/maya/Picture_1.png
web.mac.com/mattparkerseverin/maya/Picture_3.png

Thanks!


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Michiel Duvekot
Re: lofting complex curves
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:17:05 pm

rebuild the 2nd curve so that it has the same number of CVs as the first curve.


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Matthew Severin
Re: lofting complex curves
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:40:47 pm

Hey there, doesn't seem to be working for me. Pretty much the same results. Even if I rotate Z on the second curve to make it less twisted it's still not looking right.

Rebuild Curve settings:
Number of spans: 219 (the same number of points in the first curve I made)
Degree: Cubic
Keep: Ends
Rebuild Type: Uniform

I also tried making a new curve in Illustrator with the same number of points, no difference.

It doesn't have to be 'loft' btw. I'd try any technique that would get the desired result.

Thanks!


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Michiel Duvekot
Re: lofting complex curves
on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:14:36 pm

I'd just model one segment and instance that 24 times. The other 'trick would be to start with two identical circles, both with 219 spans and fit the CVs to the curve you modeled.


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