How to drop many components onto a volumetric 3D solid instead of a sandbox surface using Drop GC?


#1

Does Sketchup have an extension that allows us to drop many small components onto the surface of a volumetric 3D solid?

Typically, one would use Drop GC to drop a bunch of components onto an undulating sandbox surface.

But in this case, what if we had a 3D volumetric solid in the shape of an egg - instead of a sandbox surface. And all the tiny small components need to be dropped onto / surround the entire surface of the egg-shaped 3D solid?

Any ideas guys?


#2

The SketchUp team has developed quit some extensions in the past, but that number is vastly exceded by the number of extensions made by others!

Have a look at Skatter:
https://getskatter.com/


#3

Yes, but skatter does not wrap the components around a 3D volumetric surface.

I am looking for a Drop GC equivalent tool that wraps itself on a 3D volumetric surface, not just a single undulating surface from the sandbox tool set.


#4

?!

https://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=393&t=64803

Or you can try “Make fur” plugin.


#5

Thank you! This is the way to go.

Just one final question. These components are populated along the surface of the globe.

Is there a tool within Skatter (or perhaps an external tool) that would populate components WITHIN the globe itself. Meaning, the components will hover in space, inside the 3D volumetric globe.


#6

With “Make fur” plugin, if you change “normals” (reverse faces), then you will get your component on the white faces, which will be inside, and the blue faces outside.


#7

Very nice, thank you.


#8

FYI - Skatter does have a ‘Wrap UV’ setting.


#9

Are you a clone from egg-eric-s-planet?:joy::joy:


#10

Hilarious Mike :smiley:

Just one final question. These clones are populated along the surface of the globe.

Is there a tool within Skatter (or perhaps an external tool) that would populate components WITHIN the globe itself (not by reversing the normals / faces), but with the components HOVERING IN SPACE, inside the 3D volumetric globe?


#11

there is an offset option which can place them away from the surface.


#12

It seems by default that you can’t Skatter inside the group - even when I r’everse faces’ it Skatters to the outside. You can however use Fredo’s Joint push pull which gives the sphere or volume a ‘thickness’ and thus puts the components on the inside:


Hope that helps. By the way, as a Landscape Designer by trade, I love Skatter. So I’ll always advocate for it even if it doesn’t do everything one would want/


#13

It’s like the Little Prince book. I live on a planet that’s so small a short walk will take me all the way around it. of course now I need a rake for the volcanoes.


#14

The inside variant reminds me of biological cells and osmose: