Creating 3D lines between objects.

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Creating 3D lines between objects.

Postby Stashdragon on 08/31/2015, 7:44 am

Hi, I am trying to create lines between objects that would move in 3D space. The difficulty I am running into is having the end of each line anchor to each object. I am trying to create a giant web of objects. http://i.imgur.com/FUWmHT4.jpg

I created the orbs using Element 3D particle replicator. So it's all just one object repeated over and over. I am hoping I do not have to create a separate object for each line.

Any advice anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Creating 3D lines between objects.

Postby Farmfield on 08/31/2015, 9:42 am

You can't do that in Element, you need something like Plexus or you have to set it up in a 3D app with scripting.
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Re: Creating 3D lines between objects.

Postby plae57 on 08/31/2015, 10:17 am

As long as the orbs are not moving in relationship to one another (the camera can move how ever it wants) you could use e3d to put 3d nulls on the orbs, then a 3d stroke to connect the nulls. It would be a royal pain in the rear end, and have a bunch of limitations, but you "could" do it. Best would be something like plexus or a 3d app as mentioned earlier by farmfield.
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Re: Creating 3D lines between objects.

Postby Stashdragon on 08/31/2015, 10:28 am

Wow, I didn't know Plexus was a thing. $200 though... ugh. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Re: Creating 3D lines between objects.

Postby star+circle on 09/1/2015, 12:33 pm

Here's something you can do with Element (version 2).

To duplicate this, you need to export group 1 of Element Layer 1 as obj with file name "deformed box.obj" and put it in the same directory as the project.

Other than the lines always being behind the spheres and equal width regardless of depth, it is pretty close what you're trying to do.
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