During workflow for architectural visualization, a time consuming process regards Openings (Windows, Doors, etc.).
Once the model has been choosen, the placement and adjustement, for large buildings, is quite long; then if the client wants to change it... well... you know.
The ability to control Openings with a single spline in my opinion is a huge step forward: I can easily place them, adjust them (accordly with opening width) and if need change them with one click.
So the target is: along each spline of a single shape object you have a Window. The window width change with spline length, and (if the window has 2 frames for example) each frame stretch too, and the handle goes always in the middle.
Maybe I'm forcing RailClone plugin toward something it isn't built for, but I'd like your opinion on "if" and "how" the problem can be solved.
Please take a look at this sample:http://www.ossosso.com/scambio/shoot13.jpg
On the top you can see a common frame I'd like to insert, on the bottom the part it is usually formed to.
-A big frame all around
-Two frames (each half of the big one)
-Two couples of hinge (for frame rotation), a couple on the left and a couple on the right
-One handle in the middle (a bit moved on the right)
I've made some tests with the Array Generator, but in my opinion it isn't the correct way, for a series of reasons (if you disagree please let me know).
The way should be via the Linear Generator. This is the list of problems I don't know how to solve
-Height: even if I reach the target to place the model along a spline, I don't know how to adjust along the Z axis. I can't use the "Z scale" parameter for the segment, otherwise it will be deformed. You know, the same model can be applied to opening with different height
-Middle: I don't know how to make one small frame to start from the end of the spline and stop in the middle of the spline. Same thing for the glasses and the handle.
I thank you very much for any advice.