Ok simple walkthrough of what I have already.
I am using NURBs to set to first triangle as follows: Snap to grid on, assuming (X, Y, Z) coordinates, first POINT at (0, 0, 0), next at (-10, 0, 0) and third at (-10, 10, 0). This completes the initial or first plate. Now we have to create 7 more in a 45 degree radial with center point at (0, 0, 0).
This was done as such: Select the Polygon just created, “Modify”, then “Poly. Mesh”, “Extrude along axis”.
Adjust the dialog box as follows:
On the Extrude Tab:
Length = 0,
“Duplicate Polygons” checked,
Inset amount 0 (zero),
X, Y, Z unchecked,
Select Frame Object,
Merge Check (not sure what this does),
On the Transform Tab:
Check “Transform Per Subdivision”,
Set Scaling (1, 1, 1),
Set Rotation (0, 0, 45),
Set Translation (0, 0, 0)
This completes the design or model of the 8 plates for the door, in the closed position. Unselect the objects.
Now add a new Layer, this is used for the positioning of the door plates to the open position. Hit the #6 key, “Layers” menu “New Layer…” and name it Octagon, it does not matter. Now select the new layer and place NURBs at the points of the triangles where they meet to form a 90 degree angle, starting at any point and go either clockwise or counter-clockwise to create an octagon. This will represent the edges of the opened door. But first we need to rotate it on the Z axis 22.5 degrees. Set the Z value for rotation to -180; basically add 22.5 to the number to the Z value. Unselect the object. You should end up with this.
My question now is should each of the plates be a seperate Layer? If not and they can all exist on one layer then how do you create keyframes to go from the closed position to the open position?
| File comment: The door with plates in the closed position.
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| File comment: The door with plates in the open position.
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