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Art  
#1 Posted : Sunday, September 16, 2007 4:27:20 PM(UTC)
Art

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I would like to find a program that I can export my files from CU and put them in an animation. I do not need materials rendering or lighting, only a way to show off some mechanisms (pivoting and sliding); any suggestions?

I am on a Mac so I assume that limits me quite a bit.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Art

MacIntell Concepts Unlimited
ianjkirby  
#2 Posted : Sunday, September 16, 2007 7:51:42 PM(UTC)
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Hi Art,
I have not tried this, so I am not sure it will do what you want, but I found some videos on youtube which may be interesting. They were simple animations made using Google Sketchup, which also happens to be free to download, and there is a Mac version. Look at http://sketchup.google.com/ As I understand it, this program is similar in many respects to viacad.
Regards, Ian Kirby.
Wollongong NSW Australia
Ian Kirby
Wollongong Australia
Art  
#3 Posted : Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:04:24 PM(UTC)
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Ian,

Wow, I looked at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilJWmHth3pY and could not believe it. I will have to see if I can import parts into it.

Thanks Much,

Art
lebeau  
#4 Posted : Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:38:30 PM(UTC)
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I have used Cinema 4d and I think it might be overkill for what your looking for. I tried a lower version of cinema but it didn't import very well (I use vrml 2)

CU has some simple animation built into it. I haven used it though.
ianjkirby  
#5 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2007 12:29:20 AM(UTC)
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One can carry on with this ad infinitum, but here's a good one as well. There are lots more.
Regards, Ian Kirby.
Wollongong NSW Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXNnS_qtS7U&NR=1
Ian Kirby
Wollongong Australia
Art  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, September 25, 2007 3:50:37 PM(UTC)
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Well,

Not available for the Mac. There is probably another simple program somewhere.

Art
Exocubic  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:35:14 AM(UTC)
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Cheetah 3d is another option...

http://www.cheetah3d.com/
tmay  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:55:48 AM(UTC)
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The Sketchyphysics plugin looks to be pretty useful. Now if they could add in a modest FEA plugin...

tom
dexter  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2007 11:39:31 AM(UTC)
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www.blender3d.org

Until they support OBJ or 3DS or something similar, your best bet with Blender is STL (binary). Has a built-in Physics engine. Steep UI learning curve, but powerful program. Multi-platform.
Art  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:00:54 PM(UTC)
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Exocubic wrote:
Cheetah 3d is another option...

http://www.cheetah3d.com/

Have you used cheetah?

Art
bbuxton  
#11 Posted : Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:46:17 AM(UTC)
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There is 3D Toolkit (old version of Electric Image)

http://www.dvgarage.com/prod/prod.php?prod=3dtk

Fact export from CU will work very nicely.
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Exocubic  
#12 Posted : Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:38:40 AM(UTC)
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Art wrote:
Have you used cheetah?

Art

I have, but not for animating - the renderer is excellent for the price.
bbuxton  
#13 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2007 7:39:47 AM(UTC)
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Almost forgot.....

Carrara Pro imports
SAT Step IGES & OpenNurbs. Lots of animation features & reasonable render.

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BB
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