Boxcutter 712 Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Boxcutter 712.

As Blender 2.8 evolves further. Daily breakage has become a thing and with that we strongly recommend updating 2.8 before installing Boxcutter 712. We work around the clock to keep the tools working while also working towards their enhancement.

Renders by Chipp (aka BigBoss) using the Definitely EEVEE Materials System for KitOps

Update Info

same applies to any add-on like HardOps or KitOps

First things first. Update Blender 2.8. Next download the latest Boxcutter / HOPScutter package with the latest zip which is already in the market.

  • 94% of support issues involve needing to update 2.8.
  • 3% involve installing the add-on via copying the folder in the zip to the addon folder. Make sure to delete the old folder before copying over.
    C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\addons
  • 2% involves using an older version of Boxcutter with a new Blender which causes a ” no attribute ‘tool mode’ ” error. Update Boxcutter / HOPScutter via the market.
If you updated Blender and the tools stopped working, update the tools as well. Update Boxcutter / HOPScutter via the market.

Blendermarket

Logging into BlenderMarket using the top right dropdown and choosing orders will allow you to download the latest update.

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If orders aren’t showing up under your account it is recommended to write the admins using the chat bubble on the side. Only the admins are able to resolve this issue.

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Chat Bubble

Gumroad

Logging in via the button in the top right and accessing the sales page will allow you to view the product and download the latest update.

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Boxcutter / HOPScutter

If logged into Gumroad you should see view product instead which will take you to the product download.

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Installation

Place the folder from the zip in the local add-on directory.

C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\addons

Also remove any previous boxcutter folder before replacing it with the new one.

INSTALL FROM FILE CAN HAVE ISSUES IF THE FOLDER IS THERE ALREADY. PLACE THE ZIP IN THE SPECIFIED FOLDER TO ENSURE IT WORKS WITHOUT ISSUE. OR ENSURE THE FOLDER ISNT THERE AND USE INSTALL FROM FILE.

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Placing the contents of the zip in the addon location

The next level of support involves deleting the /config which makes Blender open as new. If you have issues with the previous steps or are moving over custom configurations this can cause issues if the properties have existed for multiple itterations of 2.8. From time to time removing the config allows for clean installation and quick startup.

Email

For support issues you can email me at masterxeon1001@gmail.com

However, I will also have you update Blender 2.8.

Also the help icon in Boxcutter takes you to the discord which I recommend for all users looking for a community to connect to.

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Previous documentation going more in depth with basics.

What’s New?

Shape Recollection V1

When drawing a box or circle you can recall previous cutters in the cutter collection with alt + MMB or the C key.

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Shape recall only works with Box, and circle. Ngon will have a special solution for recall.

Shape recall is still a work in progress and could possibly throw an error until it is further refined. This is still an experimental feature.

Rotate 90 during draw

Pressing R or ~ (tilda) will rotate the recalled shape (alt + scroll) 90 degrees.

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Snapping V1

Snapping has been a heavily requested feature. Now it is present in the topbar, D pie and the Ctrl + D (box-helper).

When snapping is active dots will appear when Ctrl is held.

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There are 5 snapping systems to choose from with one additional being tied to an orientation system.

  • increment
  • vertex
  • edge midpoint
  • face center
  • viewport
  • grid floor (with world orientation)

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Proxe also took great care to ensure the dots fade out into the distance. He’s a gem like that.

Snapping also works with active only. This is something I wanted personally however in the future we plan to add simple trace support as well.

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The custom grid can even be snapped to.

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In future updates we aim to expand the functionality and make it even more versatile.

Custom Cutter

Custom cutters is the biggest part of this release next to snapping. I am super excited to show what is next.

When no custom cutter is set the cutter will cut the Boxcutter logo. This can be useful for branding or just showing your Boxcutter spirit.

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Any object can be a custom cutter.

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This has made for some interesting cutters.

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Users are also able to make a mesh a custom cutter by pressing C during custom cutter.

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In the most recent update a parameter to flip the Join shape for custom has been added.

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Shift + F will also flip the shape vertical during draw.

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This is located in the ctrl + D helper at this time. (only when join is the active tool)

Self Cutting

If you mark the cube as the cutter and keep cutting it will exponentially change. This accident has led to some interesting results and is something I love trying daily.

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Draw Changes

If you press and hold Alt during draw you can draw using center rectangle.

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If you press and hold shift you will force it to constrain to a box shape.

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Pressing both alt and shift will force it into a center draw.

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These behaviors might be a departure from previous releases so we had options to toggle these options as well. They can be found in the snap options.

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Also at the bottom of the behavior panel.

Auto-hide cutter toggle

For users who do not want their boolshapes to be hidden on subsequent drawings can choose to have them remain.

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Ngon Backspace

We are well aware of the amount of work needed to get Ngon back to where it was but a classic feature has been re-added. Backspace points.

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Mod Sort Level 2

Modifier sorting is our goal for the 2.8 era of tools. With modifier sort level 2 now the sorting will behave properly when multiple bevel modifiers are in place on objects.

Special care was taken to make sure it supports the bevel mod properly as well as added a few additional modifiers to sort.

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This means that if you have deep levels of bevels you can work on the lowest level. In the future we hope to allow users to choose a level and even promote boolshapes up and down levels.

Cutter UVs

Cutters now have UVs for situations where uvs are needing to be transferred. This is still a wip and we hope to expand it in the future.

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Initial Custom Hotkey

The alt + W hotkey can be remapped. We plan to add full support for the keymap in the future as it becomes more concrete and the systems are more complete.

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Edge Data Preservation

A user reported a strange issue to us that showed us boxcutter contained an issue with edge marked data that HOPS did not.

Previously boxcutter removed edge data and now that has been fixed.

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Videos

Wrapping up a release always means… videos.

In Closing

DECAL MACHINE IS OUT FOR 2.8!!!!! *dies*

We hope you enjoy the latest update. We have more to come and even more to go back over with refinement and behavioral fine tuning. I look eager to user input of feature request improvements and to see what custom cutters you come up with for Boxcutter!

Hopscutter is a 24 hour operation but also we enjoy the work we do and the results users show! We hope to keep you cutting as long as possible!

Free Stuff worth checking out

I wanted to make a post just linking some of the artists who are giving away fantastic things worth checking out.

Free Kitbash Set
https://gumroad.com/adrianrutkowski#

Painting
https://gumroad.com/grazeart#
https://gumroad.com/marceldomke#
https://gumroad.com/maciejkuciara#

HDRI Enviros
https://gumroad.com/mroz#

Labels And Stickers
https://gumroad.com/kharactar#

How To Texture
https://gumroad.com/tvidotto#

Reference Images
https://gumroad.com/prorefs#

Other Freebies
https://gumroad.com/tonikoro#

I’m sure there’s many many more missing here I could be listing but those were the ones I liked and was most grateful for. Feel free to make a donation and support them. They are all free so there’s no reason to not download them all!

edit: i forgot to add myself! I got some freebies too!

https://gumroad.com/masterxeon1001

EDIT: Moar freebies!

https://gumroad.com/claudiosetti#

https://gumroad.com/l/3d-female-posed-free#

https://gumroad.com/l/josieHead#

https://gumroad.com/l/cnupb

https://gumroad.com/jeffreyianwilson#

 

Blender/3d: Custom Normals

In this blog post I wanted to go over custom normals for hard surface creation. I plan on keeping it short but still I find this essential nonetheless. Custom normals exist in most applications and is essential. Maya users are familiar with the process of hardening edges and softening them in addition to locking them down. For this quick post I wanted to discuss ways in Blender to get smooth shading without all the fuss of horrible looking edges or exact tweaking.

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The first image above shows the mesh on flat shading without any smoothing. While it looks moderately acceptable, for the baking it will show unwanted faceting and make the normal/height show stair stepping that would be undesirable for the final result. When I click set smooth all my problems come to light and show the roughness of my workflow of booling insane amounts of shapes into a planar form.

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Funny enough. Before custom normals were added I used to fight with this so much and would use the split edges modifier to make life easier. This also increased the vert count substantially and made the mesh denser than the process of making it which was also a bad thing.

In the object tab there is a normals tab where you can check auto smooth and set an angle as well as turn on double sided (which isn’t needed). The default angle is 180 which isn’t going to show any difference however once you lower it down to either 30 or 60 the normals begin to look much better.

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The final mesh is now ready to be exported / baked or whatever I plan to. To set manual edges you can press ctrl + e >> mark sharp. This will sharpen the edge similar to how Maya has Normals >> harden edge. I use that as well for shapes I boolean into other shapes and the amazing part is the sharp edges translate well into the subsequent object along with vertex paint, materials and even UVs.

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But that is all for this tutorial on custom normals. I hope this helps you in your hard surface endeavors. Also be sure to check out my latest tutorial about modelling sci-fi floor pieces using the mesh subtraction kit.

I’ll leave you with one more image showing the process on a basic cylinder to help drive the point home.

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For being cool enough to read my blog I would like to also throw in a free floor! You can check it out and see the custom normal smoothing in action! Thanks again!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rslorvtw9xnl1am/FreebieFloor.blend?dl=0

Also… the default cube of the future.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/3032558

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