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Mr.P.xYZ

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Zipper doesn't follow the surface
« on: November 01, 2023, 09:20:59 AM »
Hello,

I'm trying to create a zipper for a bag (see image).

I'm using a 1S system, following a spline, with a simple zipper model.

When I try to get it to align to the surface, the zipper no longer follows the path, instead it jumps to the highest part of the model.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks,
Dean

Michal Karmazín

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Re: Zipper doesn't follow the surface
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2023, 09:35:39 AM »
Hi Dean,

Well, RailClone's surface tools are a little limited at the moment. Instead of following the polygons or the UVs like a panelling tool, in RailClone, geometry is projected along the RC object's local Z axis until it hits the surface's geometry. This means that it only works well when the face normal points towards the RC object. Any polygons with faces that point away or overlap will not work well. Using a different orientation might help. Another option might be to use the Forest Pack plug-in in the UV Surface mode.

I hope that helps.

Best regards,