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michiel | 6 years ago | 24 comments | 9 likes | 3,352 views

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With the 1st dropdown of the sketch layer you can select the cross profile of the curve. Currently it features 4 styles: flat, square, bevel and round.

In the next version a half round style will be added, which can be useful to create fancy pool slides in combination with roller coaster tracks.

Which other shapes would you like to have?

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And what will be a better name than "half round"?

half tube?

half circle?

pool slide?

michiel, 6 years ago

All of them ?

ID Production, 6 years ago

I cannot see the 3rd style dropdown but I assume it is set on "open" for the semi-circle?
Because the open or closed feature would be an asset for all shapes.

As for shapes a Star shape would be nice,
And control of the bevel would also be nice.

komies, 6 years ago

I would like a rail profile to create train circuits (maybe it will be possible to cusomize our profiles in future ?! (ie based on a font character)

vincent, 6 years ago

Maybe we can imagine a profile writer (+start writing position) a little like Revolved Angle in EPS layers
like this we can draw what we want.

vincent, 6 years ago

Instead of half fround we could name it gutter

Jeep35, 6 years ago

The skateboarders and snowboarders would call it a halfpipe, I think. Too old to be into that sort of thing... ;-)

amiga, 6 years ago

I think a star shape would be nice. :-))

And I like the name "pool slide" for the half round shape. :-))

Ulli, 6 years ago

I think a diversity of shapes and deformations of the shapes, this are a few front views:

Filip, 6 years ago

Thank you all for your feedback!

Loading custom shapes by selecting a 2nd EPS or by linking to another layer sounds like a sensible thing to do, but we worry it will make the GUI too abstract.

To keep it simple we think a small collection of ready to use shapes works better.

Half round has been renamed to halfpipe and your rails and star request have been implemented.

michiel, 6 years ago

The 3D sketch has been created with a Bixelangelo beta and is a hammerhead turn followed by a twisted clothoid loop.

michiel, 6 years ago

Well that was fast, Thanks Michiel

komies, 6 years ago

Thank you michiel for your great work

vincent, 6 years ago


Thank you so much, Michiel and Team!!!

Ulli, 6 years ago


As it's being used length wise it's much more appropriately a gutter. Of which any bowler is quite familiar with.

However if you would like to maintain a touch of class:

Rather than being in the gutter, it might better be called a trough.


SMSgtRod, 6 years ago

i don't know if there are beta testers

vincent, 6 years ago

Great Michiel, can't wait...

Filip, 6 years ago

Extraordinario trabajo Michiel

persiana, 6 years ago

Extruding along a path now working, Woow!

Kauzito, 6 years ago

They are all going to be great.

Jesus, 6 years ago

Hi Michiel, I hope we can texture all sides of the path. For example if I decide to use a custom EPS, and my EPS is a typical road cross-section, I assume that I will be able to texture the top of the EPS with a tarmac image and if possible a tarmac bump map. Is this possible?

Kauzito, 6 years ago

This can be done by preparing a texture in a paint app.

In this example the top is a black road with white stripes, the right side is purple, the left side is yellow and the bottom (not seen) is blue.

Top left is how it looks in Bixelangeo, top right is the texture and at the bottom is how it looks rendered by the sketch layer in BluffTitler.

michiel, 6 years ago

That is very good!! Thank you.
One last one; can I attach a model in each end of the path then animate both so that they pass each other at a certain point?

Kauzito, 6 years ago

Yes. All model layers can be animated independently.

michiel, 6 years ago

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