To assist 3D artists with becoming familiar with the SiClone array and sweep workflow, we have created a series of fence and handrail models. These include;
The models were created in 3ds Max 2021 using V-Ray 5. We have included alternative Corona and Arnold formats as well. Please download from the links below.
Please download the models from the table below.
- The downloaded models exclude bitmaps. - The models have been created in meters scene and system units. Please convert the units manually to your scene preference. I.e if you work in cm convert .1m to 10cm.
Download your preferred 3ds Max and renderer format.
Open the file in 3ds Max.
It should look like the screenshot below.
The top viewport shows the layout of all SiClones, set out in rows. We have provided instruction text (frozen) to make it easy to follow.
You can see we've laid out all the objects, shapes and splines to be used by SiClone in set out boxes, with clear instructions to add materials to these only. See below.
Click on one of the setups and open the SiClone rollup on the Modify tab.
In the second rollup Distribute Spline, you will see it's already set to the layout splines we used to make each design.
To apply the SiClone to another spline click on the Spline Path button (Distribute Spline rollup).
Then select the new spline (use the layout fence in the top left viewport).
You can see SiClone instantly swaps from the layout spline to the fence.
If you want to try another design, reverse the steps above by reapplying the SiClone setup back to the layout spline, freeing up the fence spline. This keeps the scene nice and tidy!
Please familiarise yourself with the SiClone (UI)
You add objects to the Distribute Objects roll up and shapes to the Distribute Sweeps.
If the setup seems broken it may be because these samples were created in metres. To fix follow the below steps. Click on each object and shape and adjust the units. For example, if you are working in cm change 0.1 (metres) to 10 (centimetres).
To use these SiClone models in a new scene, please follow the steps below;
Because SiClone works by referencing objects and shapes you need to select all these as well. If you're not as tidy as us (with our layout boxes), your reference objects and shapes may be scattered throughout your scene. By clicking on the Select SiClone Objects button you ensure you grab everything linked to it. It's located at the bottom of the Distribute Spline roll-up.