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would anyone know where to start with modeling something like this?




seems like a copySOP to create a new circle curve at every intersecting point, but how to get the curve to adhere to the surface of the underlying sphere?

thanks in advance!



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well if the underlying surface is just a sphere...then that 'conform' step is actually the easiest step to do...

Here....now the hard part is to workout the underlying template points pattern to get you the desired pattern.

(note: if you observe the model in the link...it's not 'uniform' throughout.....rotate it in 3D and you'll see it's actually symmetrical, ie. 2 hemispheres)


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