# How do you create a Math Formula for a Model Object?

In Carrara 4.0 Pro, I am able to create various modeling objects using math. The UI comes with 4 sliders (p1, p2, p3, p4), with values varying from -1 to +1 or -pi to +pi, and a text area for the logic loops that describe the formula, similar to the following:

r2=20*p1;
r1=10*p2;
t=2*PI*u;
p=PI*(v-0.5);
x=r1*cos(t)*cos(p);
y=r1*sin(t)*cos(p);
z=r1*sin(p);
x=x+r2*cos(t);
y=y+r2*sin(t);


So something like this would be nice to have, in Blender, as well.

generates a UI for making parametric surfaces:

Or use Sverchok's scripted node. This may be more complicated at first but allows a lot of customization.

import math
from math import pi as PI
from math import cos, sin

def sv_main(p1=0.3, p2=0.7, vdivs=20, points=200):
verts_out = []

in_sockets = [
['s', 'p1', p1],
['s', 'p2', p2],
['s', 'vdivs', vdivs],
['s', 'points', points]
]

r2=20*p1
r1=10*p2
theta = 1/points
vtheta = 1/vdivs

for v in range(vdivs):
v_points = []
for i in range(points):
t = 2 * PI * (theta * i)
p = PI * ((vtheta*v) - 0.5)
x = r1 * cos(t) * cos(p)
y = r1 * sin(t) * cos(p)
z = r1 * sin(p)
x = x + r2 * cos(t)
y = y + r2 * sin(t)
v_points.append([x,y,z])

verts_out.append(v_points)

out_sockets = [
['v', 'verts', [verts_out]]
]

return in_sockets, out_sockets


Because the script makes a nested list of each V ring of verts, the UV Connection node can make the appropriate "UV edge-surf".

For help with Sverchok in general see the documentation.
For help with Scripted Node specifically first have a look at the dedicated document about it

• May I ask, what skin/theme are you using? – angussidney May 18 '16 at 9:48
• @angussidney Flatty Light, is included by default in Themes :) but I have modified the 3dview background to be lighter. – zeffii May 18 '16 at 10:05