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
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.
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 page provide various tools to help modeling flowers easily and conveniently.
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
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
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
Map 3D pistil, stamen and petal to diagram.
Mapping: Drag 3D elements to diagram
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 the selected or current editing objects.
Copy the selected or current editing objects.
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.
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.
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.
It will show or hide all inflorescence.
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.
Notice: After clicking Export, only 3D elements will be imported to Rhino as meshes.
Download here (Notice: All .exe demo files have been scanned by Norton 2012).