A Automake | Software

Automake | Software

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Automake | Step 1

In order to create your own forms using our software you will need to download a ‘3DVIA player’ from: http://www.virtools.com/downloads/player/install.asp

Follow instructions on this site and also note the procedures to be followed when running the player on your browser.

Automake | Step 2

To run the software click on the software screenshot below, the software should open automatically in your web browser. However you may get a prompt window to select which application to run the software in. If so, simply choose whichever web browser you used to download the 3DVIA player.

Cubic Matrix

The security settings on you browser may create a warning message as illustrated below, left mouse click over warning message and select ‘allow blocked content’.

Screenshot of warning message

Automake | Step 3

Once the software is running follow the process from 1 to 5 to create your own designs. As you move your mouse over each numbered toolbar instructions will appear towards the top of the build screen. In addition further help and hints can be accessed by pressing F2. The key to interesting results is experimentation!

There are 2 distinctly different ways of creating forms within the software; Matrix Build and Random Fill.

Matrix Build

This build system, allows you to produce randomly generated matrix structures using constraining meshes based on a cube, sphere, cylinder or torus (ring) which you can select in tool bar 2 and distort using tools in toolbar 3. Examples of work produced using this software can be seen in sections 1 and 2 of the gallery page.

Random Fill

This build system produces unique forms by dropping units into an existing ‘mould’ to produce complex non-rectilinear structures. A range of ‘moulds’ can be selected from toolbar 2a and distorted using tools in toolbar 3. Examples of work produced using this software can be seen in section 3 of the gallery page.

Note 1: In order to run the software efficiently it is recommended that your computer has at least 1Gb of RAM. The faster your computer and the greater level of RAM, the better the software will perform. Our software will run on both a PC and a MAC. However, if you wish to save your designs for production then you will have to run this software on a PC. We are hoping to develop a post processing system for the MAC in the future.

Automake | Step 4

When you press the STOP & SAVE button (toolbar 5) two files which describe your design will be saved to your C:drive, a text file with a .txt suffix and a 3D CAD file with a .obj suffix. Each pair of files will have a unique time and date as file name, so allowing you to indentify pairs of files.

Note 2: The saved 3D CAD file describes the constraining mesh or mould used in creating your design. This can be employed as a means of editing your form once it is built. Below are examples of the same design before and after the constraining mesh has been used to ‘trim’ the form. You cannot undertake this process yourself but on request we can achieve this in the post processing stage.

fig.1 - Original matrix fig.2 fig.3

From left to right: randomly generated matrix; constraining mesh; trimmed matrix

Automake | Step 5

You can produce as many paired design files as you wish and if you would like any of your designs digitally manufactured send an email with the files attached to the address on the contact page.