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points on strands

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points on strands

I am wondering if it´s possible to scatter points on strands. That would allow to instance geo on strands (or replace the strands with geo)...

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I don't think that is implemented yet, but you can use the positions of the strand to instance on.  

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That´s true, but I´d like to go a bit further and place geos along each strand. Right now I build a line of points and try to copy the point_orient to each point.

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copy to the single points fails so far

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Thomas have you seen this breakdown? It might help.

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That should work just fine.  Just set the point_orientation geo-property, and ensure you are feeding it an array of quaterions, as Bifrost rotations/orientations are quaternions.


Here is a very simple example showing:


1. Creating an array of 10 points, and also an array of 10 orientations

2. Creating a strand from the 10 points

3. Setting the point_orientation from the array of 10 orientations

4. Finally just doing a set_instance_geometry and feeding a cube. 


Note how the cubes are instanced across the spline, but each cube has a different rotation (orientation).


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Here is one better!


In this, slightly expanded, example, I am using the strand tangent to compute a per-point orientation, so that the cubes "follow" the flow of the strand.  This is simply done by creating a rotation going from the X axis (1,0,0) to the normalized tangent of the strand, per-point.  This works because we know the strand is going along the X axis.  A more complex example could use the rebel pack's "update_strands_basis" to compute a full set of basis vectors, per strand point, and then construct a quaternion from that.



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Thank you, Marcus!

I will try to recreate your examples. I struggled with the need to copy one orientation value to an array, but I finally managed it using a second fill_inferpolated compound. I'm sure there must be an easier way...

Now  I can define start - end point and have my additional points in the correct position and rotation.

One strange sidenote: When I grouped the whole setup the result failt. It turned out that the compound "rotation_matrix_to_quaternion" I grabbed from the sample file "instancing_1_basic" wasn't working correctly. As soon as I published it and replaced it in my graph everything behaved as expected.

@Christoph_Schaedl @ I saw the video but it was quite a whule. I'll have a second look!

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If you look at my example graphs, you can see how I am using the sequence_array compound to generate arrays of values. sequence_array is a great way to generate an array with pre-filled values, all with a single compound.


If you set the "step" parameter to 0, then the value you use for "start" will be filled throughout the generated array.  If you set "step" to non-zero, then each element will grow by that step value throughout the array.  Negative step values will cause the start value to shrink.


I'd use that instead of fill_interpolated...


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