MODO Kits

Wheely

Wheely is robust, easy radial symmetry for MODO. It makes modeling round things really, really, ridiculously easy. This is quite possibly my favorite modeling plugin.

Requirements: MODO 801 or later


Features

  • Wheely Popover  Menu adds itself to default modeling toolbar as well as the Zen toolbar.
  • New Wheely – Creates a new radial array with inputs for number of spokes, spans, and radius.
  • Flatten Wheely – Merges all radial instances into a single “flat” mesh item using the ‘Merging Tolerance’ property.
  • Expand Wheely – Takes any previously ‘flattened’ Wheely mesh and restores it to its original instance array.
  • Merging Tolerance – Is the distance within which nearly-coincident vertices will be merged during the ‘flatten’ operation.
  • Example Files  Included as starting points for wheel and tire designs. Seven presets included and ready to use.
  • Platform Independent – Works with Win, Mac, and Linux.

Changelog

  • v801-140819 – Fresh as a new born babe.

Wishlist

These are a few things we’d like to add in the future, though we have no idea when. Is there a feature you’d like to see in a future version? Let us know!

  • Ability to dynamically change number of spokes and have geometry scale appropriately to update.
  • Store merging tolerance with mesh item itself so that each item can have its own merging tolerance (rather than using the global value).
  • Wheely expansion pack including more wheels, tires, and other fun stuff.
  • A companion tool allowing for multi-axis mirror symmetry. (Complete! See Flipper)
  • Ability to create partial circles (e.g. 180deg)

Installation

Manually installing kits in MODO is ridiculously simple.

Install a Kit

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Open Content Folder
  3. Drop kit folder into the ‘Kits’ folder
  4. Restart MODO

Disable a Kit (temporarily)

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Kit Toggle Enable > (Kit Name)
  3. Restart MODO

Uninstall a Kit

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Open Content Folder
  3. Open ‘Kits’ folder
  4. Remove kit from Kits folder
  5. Restart MODO