SiClone - Training videos
The below videos show some IgNite features in short-burst 60-second samplers.
Using SiClone to make parametric handrails and fences in 3ds Max is easy. It uses sweep shapes and distributed objects to make the parametric model.
To get you started, SiNi has also released 40 sample fences and handrails, saved in the following 3ds Max render formats; V-Ray 5, Corona 6, and Arnold. Download the above 3ds Max sample scenes from the SiClone - 3D models page.
Adding materials to SiClone sweeps may seem odd as you need to add the material to the shapes and splines referenced into SiClone. SiClone Distributed Sweeps use a mathematical formula to allow for materials to be applied to parametric models. This means the material UV will follow the spline path direction, including corners and bends.
Did you know SiClone has always been able to include lights? Simply add them as distributed objects.
You can apply SiClone setups to multiple splines. In this case, we apply it to a garden arch to create a flower-covered walkway. To make this, in SiClone select the multiple splines. We've collapsed them into one for ease of selection. Next, in the Distributed Objects rollup, click on select objects and add your plants. The plants will be added, with default spacing. Adjust the spacing as you wish and then add some random transforms such as rotation and scale.
By setting up SiClone presets for different scenarios, such as parked cars, people, pavements and street furniture, it is a very quick process to create a street scene in 3ds Max. In this example, I've created four SiClone setups and apply each to the same layout spline - drawn to follow the pavement kerb line. The buildings are from Kitbash3D and the cars, people and trees from Chaos Cosmos.