After downloading the plugin , simple copy the file spherepoint.hxt into the HXT directory your A:M installation .The plugin is only just for fun , and therefor raises far no claim to completness or accuracy, however it is freeware .
In the a:m forum I have read a question about distributing points on a sphere from goodfrey . I found that is a problem , which are very interesting for me . So I have played with some solutions for this , and make this plugin just for fun for me .
In this plugin, I have implemented 2 solutions.
calculates distribution of points on sphere, which gives a minimum to 1/r potential energy
very fast , but not exact
Demonstrationmovie for this solution, the biggest changes are only at the begin from the calculation
implemented with the closed point method (moving the closed points on the sphere , until the difference becomes no longer smaller)
slow, but exacter results
Demonstrationsmovie for this method
There are also other solutions for this problem , more you can find here and here .
Select a named group in the modelling mode and than RMB->Plug-ins->Wizards->Points on sphere starts the plugin .
The group should be independent , and have a small patch count, because she would duplicated and the duplicates would moved at the succesfully end from th plugin .
(number of patches = patchcount selected group * number of points)
Here a finished example (Projectfile)
The small yellow sphere in the center, is the group, which was duplicated .
Points 256, Radius 50, Iterationfaktor 50, Brute force
Points 16, Radius 50, Iterationfaktor 1500, Brute force