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Window Generator Add-On [$]

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markkingsnorth writes:

My latest add-on will create many windows at once onto the faces of a mesh. It is available on Blender Market here.

Background: Years ago, I had a very hard time modelling window patterns onto models like this one:

The user wanted more and more windows added to the 3D model, and each time I found myself painstakingly adding each one in a random pattern onto the faces. This took up many hours and days of my time, far more than modelling the overall model itself. After this painful experience, I thought there surely must be a better way. So when using Blender, I decided to create an add-on that would do the job for me.

A video tutorial is available here:

The add-on has applications beyond just modelling spaceships, and would also apply when needing to quickly model many windows onto architectural buildings.

Features:

  • Select faces and then add a configurable pattern of windows, where the amount of coverage and randomness can be controlled.
  • Control how many windows are mapped across each face and how many are mapped down them.
  • The width and height of the windows can be changed.
  • Different window styles can be created by adding corner bevels, and outer bevels can be added to make the window edges smooth.
  • Option to disable top or bottom bevels to create different effects.
  • Ability to assign a material to the newly created windows by specifying a material slot id.
  • Also assign a lights-off material to give the impression that some window lights are switched off.
  • Introduce further variations by adding a random "jitter" to the width and height of each window.
  • Option to perform edge split operations to create a quicker clean look.
  • The process automatically creates uv seams to aid in uv mapping for textures.
  • Faces are mapped from the top-to-bottom of a face by default, but the orientation can be changed to either left-right or front-back.
  • Additional refinement options that will attempt to remove unwanted edges or vertices from the created window patterns.

If you have a new feature suggestion or feedback on the add-on feel free to contact me through Blender Market, www.markkingsnorth.com, or on Twitter @markkingsnorth.

About Author

Mark has over 20 years experience as a software developer and technical lead, having worked in the financial sector, cyber security and for central government. A chartered engineer, he has experience in a range of software from large scale databases running big data analysis to web applications and services. He has led teams of software developers and still enjoys building applications himself. In recent years he has gained popularity from developing creative tools to support professionals, educators and hobbyists alike.

2 Comments

  1. This is a great and very useful addon (along with the Plating Generator). I've found this to be very useful for supplementing similar manually created geometry. Great job! :)

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