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Nuts and Bolts Help 0.3.1


Nuts & Bolts 0.3.1

For Autodesk 3DS Max

Help Document

ElDuke3D

https://elduke3d.shost.ca

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Contents

 


Introduction

Nuts & Bolts for Autodesk 3DS Max is a free MaxScript for creating nuts and bolts models. The models are realistic and can be created in a single click.

There are many parameters to get a model of specific look or size.

The script is a freeware and can be used for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. It is provided unencrypted for further mods or improvements.

 


Feature List

Current version 0.3.1 has these features:

  • Single click creation of Nuts, Bolts and Washers
  • Creates a text marking on top of the bolt
  • Adjustable parameters for diameters, heights, thread pitch/depth etc
  • Placement at specified position
  • Can link the nut and washer to the bolt
  • Can lock some parameters so that the bolts get matching nuts
  • Live preview model that changes with settings
  • Assign wirecolors to all parts
  • Installation more easy with "MZP"
  • Choose your inteface language (French or English)

System Requirements

Supported version is Autodesk 3DS Max 2017. It could work properly in lower and higher versions than these (not tested yet).

For supported versions Autodesk 3DS Max 2011 to 3DS Max 2015, look at the original script V 3.0.0. Is in English with with no installation. It also may or may not run properly in lower and higher versions than these. In my case, don't work properly in 3DS Max 2016.

You can find it on the original Author at this location: http://oormi.in Thank to him for his work.

For satisfactory speeds the minimum recommended hardware is a CPU with dual cores and 2 GB of RAM.

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Running the Script

The script is named NutsAndBolts-031.mzp

Simply drag and drop the script file into 3ds Max and follow the instructions.

Then, in "customize" ==> "Customize User Interface"; In "Category", choose "ElDuke3D". Then, choose the script that match your language, else you could assign "HotKeys" in "Keyboard" panel, or/and drag a link for the barmenu in "Toolbars" panel.

For more detailed instructions on install & use, find this link for video tutorials: Installation & Use Video Tutorials


Quick Start

  1. Press the Nuts & Bolts button, or type the Hotkey, you assigned, to call the script.
  2. Press the Create Nuts & Bolts button
  3. You are Done !!

But to see the script in full action:

  1. Click Preview button
  2. Set the parameters in Settings rollout
  3. Set some text in text field in Marking rollout
  4. Press the Create Nuts & Bolts button
  5. You can enable/disable any component (Bolt, Nut or Washer)  by clicking on the toggle buttons in Actions Rollout.

Actions Rollout

Create Nuts & Bolts : Creates the nut, bolt and washer using the parameters defined in Settings Rollout.

Nut, Bolt, Washer Checkbuttons : Enable/disable creation of parts.

Preview : Click to see a rough preview. This helps to set the sizes etc. The preview is deleted when the actual model is created. Its also deleted when you click this checkbutton again.

Color Swatches : Assign wirecolors to different parts or preview model.


Settings Rollout

Bolt Group

Head Diameter : Head is hexagonal, so its the corner to opposite corner dimension

Head Height : Height or thickness of the head (chamfer is set automatically)

Bolt Diameter : The max diameter of bolt, the threads cut inside. This is the dia of unthreaded part (if any)

Bolt Height : The total height of threaded and unthreaded part. The actual height of the Bolt is this height plus Heads height.

Threaded Height : Height of the threaded part. Note that if you set this more than the Bolt height, the Bolt height will assume this new value. And if you set the Bolt height less than Threaded height, it will go down too.

Thread Depth : The depth of the cut of threads

Thread Pitch : The width of the thread (peak to peak)

Thread Chamfer : The chamfer on the outer edge of the thread

Weld Threshold : Adjust this if you see gaps between threads because of unwelded edges

Segments : The number of segments of bolt geometry. Note that the actual segments will be an exact divisor of 360.

Pick Bolt's Position : Pick any object (or a dummy) to create the bolt at that position. The bottom of the head is aligned to this position. (Sets only the position not rotation or scale)


Nut Group

Lock Button : Locks the spinner values to those of Bolt, so that you get a matching nut always. (Except the Play value). Uncheck this to set the Nut parameters independently.

Outer Diameter : Nut is hexagonal, so its the corner to opposite corner dimension

Inner Diameter : The dia of the hole

Nut Height : Height or thickness of the Nut

Thread Depth : The depth of the cut of threads

Thread Pitch : The width of the thread (peak to peak)

Thread Chamfer : The chamfer on the outer edge of the thread

Weld Threshold : Adjust this if you see gaps between threads because of unwelded edges

Segments : The number of segments of inner thread geometry. Note that the actual segments will be an exact divisor of 360.

Play : Sets the gap between the Bolt threads and the Nut threads, so that the nut can slide effortlessly. Useful if you plan to 3D Print the model.

Link to the Bolt : Parents the Nut to the Bolt


Washer Group

Outer Diameter : Size of the washer

Inner Diameter : The dia of the hole

Washer Height : Height or thickness of the washer

Link to the Bolt : Parents the Washer to the Bolt


Markings Group

Text : The extruded text that is placed on the top of the head of the bolt. Try not to make it too long, as it will wind around and overlap.

Use : Enable/disable the text marking.



Whats new in this version ?

The version 0.3.1 has these improvements/new features :

  • Now the threads are spiral like real bolt threads
  • Fixes many bugs
  • Added many more parameters like thread pitch, chamfer, play and segments etc
  • More detailed and realistic models
  • Live preview that changes with the dimensions as you adjust them in settings
  • Work fine in 3DS Max 2017
  • Easy install with drag & drop the file (MZP) possible assign hotkeys and button in the bar menu
  • French or English language for interface possible assign hotkeys and button in the bar menu
  • Available hotkeys for call the script
  • Available adding quick launch icon in the bar menu for call the script


Contact and Support

For free support, bug reports, requests or queries please contact on elduke3d@elduke3d.shost.ca

The support is limited, as this is a free script.

This SCRIPT, Nuts and Bolts 0.3.1, is being provided by ElDuke3D "as is" .ElDuke3D makes no claims or warranties of any kind concerning the safety, suitability, compatibility, performance and durability of this SCRIPT. There are inherent risks in the use of any software, and you are solely responsible for determining whether this SCRIPT is compatible with your equipment and other software installed on your equipment. You are also solely responsible for the protection of your equipment and backup of your data, and ElDuke3D will not be liable for any damages you may suffer in connection with using, modifying, or distributing this SCRIPT.


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©ElDuke3D 2017, All rights reserved.

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Thanks to Oormi Creations who's created the original script Oormi Creations

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