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Flower Factory

Flower Factory is a 3D flower and tree modeling plug-in for Rhino 5 and above. The User Interface has three main pages: Page Inflorescence, Page Diagram and Page Element. It also has a Smart Toolbar which locates at the left view region.

​                        Inflorescence                                                       Diagram                                           Element                             Smart Toolbar

 

Inflorescence
Inflorescence page provide four basic inflorescence types: Raceme, Umbel, Dichasium and Drepanium. Inflorescence has various parameters. All parameters can be edited in this page. For most parameters, you can directly edit them by dragging related position in view region, such as dragging circle (standards for flower) center to modify "Down Angle" and "Branch Length", dragging circle (standards for flower) line to modify "Flower Size", dragging line segment ( standards for branch) middle to modify "Branch Length", dragging line segment start end to modify "Intermode Len", et, al.








                                                                                               Inflorescence

Diagram​
Diagram page provide functions to build flower layout. The layout diagram contains pistil, stamen and petal. Diagram has various layout parameters. All parameters can be edited in this page. For most parameters, you can directly edit them by dragging related position in view region, such as dragging yellow line segment (standards for part of petal) to modify "Petal Radius ", dragging green line segment (standards for part of petal) ends to modify "Petal Size", dragging red circle ( standards for pistil) to modify "Pistil Radius ", dragging blue circle (standards for part of stamen) to modify "Stamen Size", et, al.

Flower Diagram

Element​

Element page provide functions to build 3D elements. It contains 3D pistil, stamen, petal and branch building and editing tools. All those elements are built by free hand sketching.


​Pistil. Create pistil by two strokes. One is checked as the axis, and another is checked as profile curve. The pistil will be built as a revolve mesh.

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                                                     Two sketched strokes.       3D Pistil


Petal. Create petal by two strokes. One is checked as the left boundary, and another is checked as right boundary. The petal will be built as a planar mesh firstly. You can bend it in further editing tool.

                                                                          Two sketched strokes.                   3D Petal


Stamen. Create stamen by two strokes. One is a closed stroke which standards for stamen's head, and another is a open stroke standards for stamen's body.

                                                                      Two sketched strokes.                    3D Stamen

Stem. Create stem by only one stroke.

                                                                              One stroke.                                   3D Stem

In Element page, we also provide a Fill Color tool. You can paint specified color to any 3D elements. For pistil, stamen, petal and stem, we also allow user to set their default color. For stamen, it contains head and body two parts, so it has two color options.

​Smart Toolbar

Smart Toolbar page provide various tools to help modeling flowers easily and conveniently.

Snapper   

Snapper is the first tool in Smart Toolbar. Using Snapper, you can drag inflorescence's stem to another inflorescence's stem or branch. This gesture will be treated as Grafting.

Grafting. The source dragging object must be a stem (root branch of any inflorescence). The destination dragging object is another inflorescence's stem or branch. By Grafting gesture, we can model any complex inflorescence by the basic four inflorescence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                   Grafting: Left: Drag stem to another inflorescence's branch

                                                                                     Right: Drag stem to another inflorescence's stem

 

                                                                                                                    Grafting result
 

Mapping. Using Snapper, you can also map diagram to inflorescence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                        Mapping: Left: Drag diagram to inflorescence's branch
                                                                          Right: Drag diagram to inflorescence's stem

                                                                             Mapping result
You can also map 3D stem to inflorescence's stem or branch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                         Mapping: Left: Drag 3D stem to inflorescence's branch
                                                                                           Right: Drag 3D stem to inflorescence's stem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                Mapping result

 

Map 3D pistil, stamen and petal to diagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                                      Mapping: Drag 3D elements to diagram

                                                                                                            Mapping result

Rotate 

Rotate is the spatial rotation tool in Smart Toolbar. You can rotate branch-sibling spatial angle. You can also rotate stamen and petal spatial angle in diagram.

                                                                                           Rotate branch-sibling spatial angle

                                                                                                                          Rotate petal angle

 

Delete

Delete the selected or current editing objects.

Copy


Copy the selected or current editing objects.


Scale


Scale is a 3D scale tool. It will scale the selected 3D stem's width, or 3D flower size without scaling the inflorescence's 2D flower (red circle). Clicking this tool, it will pop up a Scale dialog.


Picker


Click this tool, and it will enter picking state (Notice: "ESC" is the hot key). In picking state, if you pick any 3D elements, it will enter 3D elements editing state. Such as picking a 3D stem, it will show one red polygon and two blue circles. You can edit the red polygon by sketch-replacing gesture, or drag the circle's boundary to modify branch width.


Individual


Default Individual tool is not active, that means all operations are applied to its sibling entities. Such as, dragging a 3D stem to some branch in inflorescence, if the Individual tool is active, it will only map the 3D stem to the specified branch. If the Individual tools is inactive, the 3D stem will map to the specified branch and all its offspring.


Show Inflorescence


It will show or hide all inflorescence.


Show Diagram


It will show or hide all diagrams.


Show 3D Elements


It will show or hide all 3D Elements in diagram or inflorescence. Notice: The independent 3D elements (listed in Element page) can't be shown or hide by this tool.


I/O and Others
In Flower Factory UI, there provide four buttons. Save button is for saving flower model to .flo file. Load button is for loading flower model from .flo file. Export button is to export current flower model (all 3D elements) to Rhino model. Clear button is to clear all inflorescences, diagrams and 3D elements.


Notice: After clicking Export, only 3D elements will be imported to Rhino as meshes.

Demo Download

Download here (Notice: All .exe demo files have been scanned by Norton 2012).

 

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