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Fabric, Grid


Liang Zong

Grid Maker v.1

Quickly generate woolen fabric like interweaving grids, including some animation features.

Supported C4D releases: R12, R13, R14, R15
Required C4D modules: Mograph
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Discussion about this product

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    Johnny on August 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Love this. Thanks! Any way to make more than two colors/materials?

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    Julian on October 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hi! I need to model a wicker basket. Will the Grid Maker work for that purpose? Thanks.

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    Nick on October 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hello! Thanks so much for this, it’s awesome! I’ve been playing around for days in the hierarchy. Whats the best way to make a custom shape, for example you have made a diamond shape with your Chinese knot. Can you please help me out with this?

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    ricardo salazar on September 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Please make to r14!!

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    Ray Paul on May 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Would really appreciate an update for R14.

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    Thomas Belitzki on December 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Is there a update for R14 ?

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    Helmut on September 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Very good tool!
    How can I easy convert the grid in one edible object?

    If I unhide children and select ‘Current State to Object’ it doesn’t work.

    • Liang on September 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Unfortunately can’t at current time…

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    johny on August 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    the grid maker is or is not a plugin? I am using windows C4D R13, and after copying in the plugin folder…nothing appears inside after the software is launched…can you help?

    • Liang on September 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

      No, It’s a preset file, just open the c4d scene in the rar file, and save it in your content browser, you can reuse it at any time

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    Matthew on August 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hi there

    I am trying to use your great plugin to form a shoe, I was wondering if there was anyway to offset the individual animation of the individual strands? thanks

    • Liang on August 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Hi, the strands are cloned, you may need to unhide childen, figure out the hierarchy, then try mograph selection.

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    Vali (Occultcg) on August 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hello there !

    I find this “Grid Maker” so nice and i thank you for it !
    I can`t figure though how to get any closer to the masterpiece u got there (the red one). Could you guide me a bit ? Only if you can/want/have time, if not it`s ok i understand.

    Thank you again,

    • Liang on August 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      I use Grid Maker to make the rhomb body, and boole it for the characters.
      The other lines and knots just created with traditional way: draw splines and sweep them.
      When rendering I use displacement to make those tiny lines.
      Hope it can help you!


    • Vali on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Hello again,

      Thank you for the quick reply that unfortunately i saw it recently. i don`t know why i had the impression i will receive something on the email (felt bad, that i didn`t receive an answer when in fact i did 4 hours later but i didn`t know -.-) Thank you for the explanation, i will try to do something similar but i don`t think i`ll be able to pull this off, i`ll let you know.


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    tony on July 7, 2012 at 2:47 am


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    Robert on May 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    When I add FFD to grid, (making it a child of the grid) it changes it appearance before I even apply new FFD points.
    Can you assist?

    Thank you

    • Liang on May 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      First, modify the FFD as close as the grid. Then, put FFD and grid under one group(Alt+D) should be better, if you have other deformers, FFD should at top of others.
      Hope it can help you:)

    • Robert on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for getting back to me. It still is not working, as the weave flattens out once the FFD is applied. Will try to attach a screenshot so you can see what I have done.If I can not, do you have an email I can send the pic to?


    • Liang on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 am

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    Alexander Gelin on May 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hello, Liang,

    first many thanks for Grid Maker!

    I have a question: if I put on the material with a line structure (as for example in your Japanese motive), the structure properly does not lie with the form. How do you make this?

    • Liang on May 29, 2012 at 4:04 am

      Actually it’s called chinese knot…haha
      Maybe I’m not very clear with your meaning. If you ask the small line structures on chinese knot, the problem is the texture projection, you need to uncheck HIDE CHILDREN in Grid Maker’s attributes, then find the textrue tag, the default projection is Spherical, change to UVW mapping.
      BTW, I use displacement to make those small lines.
      Good Luck to you

    • Alexander Gelin on May 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you very much!

      with HIDE CHILDREN I can only activate or deactivate. But I nowhere find the textrue tag :(

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    Marko on May 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hello , beautiful work and can you help me to use it, I have made low poly sofa and want to apply your grid to sofa ,how to do that,pls help

    • Liang on May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Try to use FFD deformer, modify the points to match the surface

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    ay on May 5, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Thank you very much!!!

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    Irakli on May 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Great Work. Thank You!

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    comeinandburn on May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    thanks so much for sharing this! it looks excellent

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    justin on April 11, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The grid makes is fantastic, so thanks tons…. One quick question is that if I wanted to attach a particle to the surface so it looked like water drops or food etc… how would I do that… I tried clone a sphere and then using object to try attach to the surface… but did not have much luck… so any ideas?

    Best regards, Justin

    • Liang on May 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Hi, justin

      Sorry, I come back late. The grid maker has a very complex hierarchy, so if you just drag the grid maker null object it doesn’t work. To make that, you need uncheck the hide child parameter in the display group of grid maker, then you will see the hierarchy, drag the formula spline to your cloner, and your cloner must at the same hierarchy with formula. There are 4 formula splines. so you have to do it one by one.
      I should say there still have many limitations of this preset, maybe I will try to simplify the compliex hierarchy to achieve more effects.

      good luck,

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    Mark on April 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm


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    Shalom Ormsby on March 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for this! Can’t wait to try it out.

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    cwws on March 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

    good job. thank you for this nice tools.:)

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