If you’ve been following this blog, you saw my proposal and skeleton code for a surface deform modifier that would allow you to, for example, do cloth sim on a basic shirt form, then use that to deform a more complex shirt model. I had proposed it to utilize the shrink wrap code for initial pinning, and the internals of the old-style hook code for actual deformation.
The other day, Brecht committed an addition to the Cage Deform modifier which performs this same task. I believe it uses the heat weighting algorithm for pinning, followed by the cage deform method of deformation. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like it will do exactly what was needed!
In the end, I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I’m just happy that there’s now a way to pin one entire mesh’s surface to that of another.