Category Quick Start

Quick Start – First steps with Populate:Panels

Open Populate:Panels from the main menu bar, ‘Tools -> Populate:Panels…’.
The fastest way to get started, is loading a panel preset. With the current beta version there is only one preset available, ETFE Cushions.

When picking a target surface, keep in mind that only quad faces will be populated.

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You can also pick any 3dsmax geometry or spline object as a custom panel object, as shown in the next video:

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Populate:Panels is a scripted plugin for Autodesk 3ds max. It assists in designing and modeling patterns distributed over free form surfaces.

With a smaller number of panels, many operations can be done in real time, however, it is also possible to calculate a large array of panels and collapse them to a single mesh.