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icon5.gif  Maya Booleans for a Pendent? [message #79946] Tue, 26 November 2013 23:09 UTC Go to next message
avatar joshuagilbreath  is currently offline joshuagilbreath
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Hello all!

I have a question concerning booleans in use for 3D printing. I am wanting to take this alpha *see attached below* and use Shapeways to make a pendant for my girlfriend.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v611/agentjosh77/ChristmasPendantOutline_zpse09dacda.png

I have drawn out the curves in Illustrator so that the writing is a single expanded vector and the pendent is a single line, as well as the hole for the necklace loop. I have imported those curves but can't seem to figure out the best approach for the booleans procedure. I have tried using Bevel Plus on the pendent a few times and yielded decent results, although I couldn't seem to get a smooth NURBS mesh.

I would like to partially submerge an extruded handwriting in a pendent mesh and have a clean results. In the past, I have always cursed booleans because it never seemed like the results were 100% favorable.

Any advice how how to proceed? Thanks you much!
Josh
Re: Maya Booleans for a Pendent? [message #80159 is a reply to message #79946 ] Fri, 29 November 2013 12:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar bartv  is currently offline bartv
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You could use our '2D to 3D' app for that. You can use different levels of gray to achieve a beveled effect.

If you want to model this yourself in a 3D app, it would depend on the app, I guess. In Blender it would be fairly trivial to extrude this from an AI file, I think.

Bart


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Re: Maya Booleans for a Pendent? [message #80411 is a reply to message #80159 ] Tue, 03 December 2013 14:31 UTC Go to previous message
avatar joshuagilbreath  is currently offline joshuagilbreath
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A wonderful mod over at simplymaya put together a wonderful series of tutorials covering my question.

Here is the link to that post.

http://simplymaya.com/forum/showthread.php?p=351812&post ed=1#post351812

Thanks again ctbram!

 
   
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