From my first introduction of CopyClay a lot of things have got improved: realtime preview, rotation,scaling,offset all with mouse or hotkeys, better stability and improved blending.
Still has a road to walk this tool but things are looking nicer toward artist now:
I will continue polishing this tool and adding new features to enhance it.
Currently I’m finishing a very nice tool: A non overlapping Shell tool. I have made in the past our current Shell tool but it is a common shell algorithm found in virtually every 3D package: it just offset object surface, so if you need an object of a given thickness for 3D printing or other use where it “must” have that thickness and no other, unless you manually tweak the previous generated shell and depending on the complexity of the model …you are out of luck.
With this new tool, no matter the thickness value you want, it will be correctly calculated, so overlapps will just be solid or welded as a real solid objects with cavities should do.
Algorithms develop for this tool can be useful in other parts of 3DCoat too, it was my first slip on “remesh” type tools…so who knows what the future may bring? 😛
Long time without posting! I’m doing a lot of maintenance and polishing work so, while is important for 3DCoat internals it seems to me not very interesting for public announcements since most of the things are technical related to 3Dcoat only 😄
There’s a famous 80-20 rule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle) that says that most of the time you will spend dealing with things that can be considered “the confetti” on the code…and boy that’s so true!
Most of my time spent this month is sunk in final implementation on features I quickly drafted and implemented overnigth!
Stay tunned 🙂