this may sound like a dumb question but how would one start to learn how to build their own special tools in rhino?
Ugh that’s definitely gonna make my brain explode. Maybe I should just hire a developer to make a tool for me. Any suggestions of a developer?
I’m interested. Maybe we can chat?
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you off. Just wanted to show you the full range of programming capabilities that Rhino has. You have already made use of one of the most valuable tools available: this forum. Most people that develop their own tools start simple and advance to more complex tools as their experience develops. Macros and then simple scripts. Eventually plugins.
Perhaps you can give us a description of your 3d cad and general programming experience. Also describe a simple tool that you would like to create. Folks here can help you get started.
On the other hand, if you are starting from very little experience and have an urgent requirement for a more complex tool that prevents you from taking the time to learn macro and script writing then the 3rd party developer approach may well be the way to go.
so this is basically what i need to figure out. the current software that has this tool is no supported by the developer and the program keeps crashing. the other software developers of jewelry plugins dont have this exact tool. they have a similar one but its missing one or two of the important controls that are key. here is a 3dm file and screen shots of how you can control the gem on the surface. i can make a video if this is not clear enough. thank you
gems on surface.3dm (1016.9 KB)
the command is called Gem on surface in the matrix 9.0 plug in
That might just be FlowAlongSurface, a default rhino command.
There is a chance that Armadillo plugin can help with this, If i understand correctly. You can check it out here:
it is similar but different.