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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by frederic b. hodshon, Apr 1, 2004.
Hehe, that took you some work, Fred, didn't it?
Are you doing the prep for LW's CNC? Or just having "fun"?
i FINALLY figured out how to surface model the transition from the neck profile to the back of the headstock SEAMLESSLY!!!
perfectly tangent surfaces!
it has been a struggle...but worth it!!
i've learned a lot about guitar geometry over the last few years!!!
this is another project i'm working on.
but, i've applied it to the Lightwave basses too.
Good job Fred,
OK, you know it's coming so I'll be the first...
What's the little dimple below the highlight near the fretboard?
Ironic how something that's simple to do (all tangent surfaces) with a piece of wood and some sandpaper, is is so difficult to do on a computer!
that is where the fretboard has been cut from the whole solid neck.
it's easier if i show you a pic.
i'll do that when i get home from my day job!
here's a pic with the fingerboard included.
i haven't trimmed it back for the nut yet.
no one is impressed!
i can't believe i finally got it!
major milestone for me!
(breaks arm patting self on back!)
Very good, Fred.
A genius is never recognized in his own time.
( ...surfaces guys... )
j/k Congratulations! People just don't understand how that kind of thing keeps some people up at night.
One of these days I'll get back on that problem I was having with my model...
Don't worry about that nut, just put in a zero fret! Nudge nudge say no more....
it has been a FUN 3 years of guitar design.
i feel like i've gone through a virtual luthier apprenticeship of sorts!!!
i do love this kind of work. i've finally found a way of merging my engineering "day job" with my love of music!!!
it may seem like bragging, maybe it is. but, i like to share my discoveries with the community!!!
When are you going to surface that thing with some photorealistic textures and lighting Fred?
It is photorealistic...Lake Placid Blue!
You know as well as anyone that folks can't usually compliment what they don't understand. Usually, you're lucky to get a "Um...er...that's nice". That's OK - Pilot, myself, and the the others here that work in the virtual world on a daily basis can appreciate your work. And go ahead and brag!
Now that we've seen all the bits and pixels flying around, are we going to get to see some sawdust hit the floor...hmmmm??
I have no clue how hard that is Fred... but it looks great to me! ...and I talked to the guy at lightwave and he was extremely helpful!
hehe, i'm bragged out for now.
Wolfy: who'd ya talk to at Lightwave?
the main guy...
Now what's there to brag about? It's just blending a lot of surfaces together, that don't have any bit of its geometries in common, and...
Oh, forgot...you use ProE...
(painting the world with 's)
Seriously...it does take some effort, doesn't it? Computers can't do things intuitively, can they? They always demand perfection, and perfection doesn't exist in the real world...
in the biz, we prefer to call it nominal.