I was wondering if there is a more efficient way to achieve my goal.
Ultimately, i am creating notched ribs over a surface using the Fin Edges command.
My steps are as follows:
1-Create grid of points by surface number
2-Panel from grid points, (box pattern, edges only, project panels to surface)
3- At this point, I group the edges into 2 groups, (u and v). This is in preparation for the next step.
4-Fin Edges, (choosing the group of u curves, flip notch = no)
5-Fin Edges, (choosing the group of u curves, flip notch = yes)
Note: If I choose all the curves at once, (don't separate out into 2 groups), the notches will all be facing the same way.
This procedure is okay on a surface that has relatively simple curvature, but over a more complex surface, the process of separating the curves could get a bit tedious.
Is my method missing a step?
5-Fin Edges, (choosing the group of v curves, flip notch = yes)
I would try to create a managed pattern that draws curves in x direction only and another one that draws in y direction. Now simply run ptPanelGrid command twice (for each of the 2 managed patterns) and use AddEdges=Yes.
This should work better than grouping.
of course! that makes total sense! by using a custom 2d pattern for each the u and v, (a simple vertical and horizontal line), it works perfectly!
As always, thank you!