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Rizwan
05-12-2019, 10:34 PM
Hi

I am modeling a power charging cable for electric vehicles which will be flexible and have a form like the gasoline pump hose at any gas station. This cable will connect the charging station to the electric vehicle to charge its batteries. I used a disc to model this cable but when when I did that it does not have a free form and is not flexible. I would appreciate any tips or techniques to design this in lightwave. I am using LightWave3d 2018.0.6.

ernpchan
05-12-2019, 11:02 PM
Are you talking about for modeling or animation? For animation you want to model it straight and then deform it in Layout. For modeling you could actually do the same thing and the Save Transform it to freeze it.

hypersuperduper
05-13-2019, 12:11 AM
Build it straight like ernpchan said. Then, to deform it in layout there are lots of options but the easiest is probably to put a bone chain in it and use spline control to bend it as needed. The online documentation you get by hitting f1 should demonstrate how to do this. Just search for spline control.

ccclarke
05-13-2019, 05:12 AM
Too bad Steve Worley's website was recently shut down. The Hoser plugin is perfect for this kind of animation. it would take two minutes to model and set up.

Sensei
05-13-2019, 05:49 AM
Hi

I am modeling a power charging cable for electric vehicles which will be flexible and have a form like the gasoline pump hose at any gas station. This cable will connect the charging station to the electric vehicle to charge its batteries. I used a disc to model this cable but when when I did that it does not have a free form and is not flexible. I would appreciate any tips or techniques to design this in lightwave. I am using LightWave3d 2018.0.6.

Cable can be modeled using circle (sphere tool just in 2D),
then make spline in 2nd layer,
then use Rail Extrude, one layer profile, second layer curve.
Then you can use curve to generate array of bones along it.

Take a look at this video tutorial from Mark Warner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXpivTALS30

Otterman
05-13-2019, 06:18 AM
I did use Spline Deformer from DP Kit. Made flexible hoses a doddle to work with. Not sure if its compatible anymore

http://dpont.pagesperso-orange.fr/plugins/nodes/Additionnal_Nodes_2.html

Heres over 50 of them...

PeT
05-17-2019, 09:10 AM
http://dpont.pagesperso-orange.fr/plugins/nodes/nodes/VectorCast.html#SplineDeformer

very fine Otterman ..

I had nearly forgotten this handy DP tool

raymondtrace
05-17-2019, 11:11 AM
Too bad Steve Worley's website was recently shut down. The Hoser plugin is perfect for this kind of animation. it would take two minutes to model and set up.

Moved to http://www.worleylabs.com/

I think there was a domain renewal issue or a transfer to the company now using worley.com

The store portion is shuttered but you can still download demos. If you're desperate, you can still use the demo plugins with sample scenes. The only thing disabled in the demo plugins are the interfaces to make changes to the settings. However everything else is functional so that you can execute the sample scenes. Ambitious folk may attempt to configure settings by manually tweaking the LWS file in a text editor.

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If this refers to making wires in modeler, use this free plugin to make tubes.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160322183709/http://www.pictrix.jp/?s=Px_Bezier&submit=Search