RTC Europe 2015 My Class – Work Points – Geometries – Coordinates – Schedules Part 3 – Placing Normals

We always come across with modeling elements normal to a surface.  Can we report the coordinates of the ends of a normal and make the coordinates schedulable?

Preparing Shared Parameters

  • For the coordinates of the Work Points to be schedulable, the parameters for the coordinates have to be shared parameters.
  • Create Shared Parameters Normal X, Normal Y, Normal Z, Point X, Point Y, Point Z.

     

Creating 2 Points Adaptive Component Family

  • Create 2 points and make them adaptive.
  • Select xy plane of point 2, place a point on point 2, offset the point with parameter “Normal Length”. Make the new point visible, name it N. Join the point and point 2 with a model line.
  • Select yz plane of point 2, place a point on point 2, offset the point with parameter “Normal Length”. Join the point and point 2 with a model line (invisible line).
  • Select zx plane of point 2, place a point on point 2, offset the point with parameter “Normal Length”. Join the point and point 2 with a model line (invisible line).

     

  • Select point 1 and point 2, under Properties box > Adaptive Component > Orients to, choose “Host (xyz)”.

     

Creating Shared Reporting Parameters

  • Set xy plane of point 1, dimension from yz plane to point 2. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “ Point X”, reporting.
  • Set xy plane of point 1, dimension from zx plane to point 2. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “ Point Y”, reporting.
  • Set zx plane of point 1, dimension from xy plane to point 2. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “ Point Z”, reporting.
  • Join point 1 and point N with a model line, turn the line invisible.
  • Temporary hide point N.
  • Set xy plane of point 1, dimension from yz plane to the endpoint of the invisible line. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “Normal X”, reporting.
  • Set xy plane of point 1, dimension from zx plane to the endpoint of the invisible line. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “Normal Y”, reporting.
  • Set zx plane of point 1, dimension from xy plane to the endpoint of the invisible line. Turn dimension into Shared parameter “Normal Z”, reporting.

     

Placing Family Instance on Surface

  • Load the 2 Points Adaptive Normal family to a Project.
  • Turn on visibility of Project Base Point.
  • Create an in-place mass. Place a point at the Project Base Point.
  • Create a surface, divide it and turn on the nodes.
  • Place an instance of the 2 Points Adaptive Normal family by clicking the point at the Project Base Point and a node on the surface.
  • Select the Adaptive family and Repeat.

     

Spot Coordinates and Scheduling

  • Use Spot Coordinates to check the coordinates of endpoint of the normal.
  • Use the Properties Box to check if the reporting parameters for the normal endpoint are matching the true coordinates.
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