GC Surface by Swage Ribbon - Intergraph Smart 3D - Help

Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

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3D Design and Visualization
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Intergraph Smart 3D
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12.x(2018)

Select

Selects an existing geometric construction object, such as a curve or surface, to edit or delete.

Add

Selects geometry that defines a new geometric construction. This option is used with the numbered step options listed below.

Delete

Deletes a selected geometric construction.

Cancel

Cancels the macro, closes the geometric construction ribbon and the Geometric Construction Palette dialog box, and then returns to the main command ribbon.

Close

Verifies the validity of values selected for the options, closes the geometric construction ribbon and the Geometric Construction Palette dialog box, and then returns to the main command ribbon. The selected values are still available when you click again on the main command ribbon.

Geometric Construction

Displays the current geometric construction interface. You can also select:

  • A different, recently-used interface.

  • More - Opens the Select Geometric Construction dialog box. For a new geometric construction, all interfaces delivered with the software are available. For an existing geometric construction, only similar interface types are available.

Geometric constructions displaying only in the Select Geometric Construction dialog box are not intended for general usage. You should first consult your Intergraph support representative before using these geometric constructions.

1

Specifies the coordinate system.

2

Specifies the reference plane used as a supporting surface for the swaged surface.

3

Specifies a starting point reference plane or object. The intersection of this plane with reference plane 2 defines the starting point of the swage cross-section. This option is only available when Reference is selected for Start Pt Orient Type.

4

Specifies an ending point reference plane or object. The intersection of this plane with reference plane 2 defines the ending point of the swage cross-section. This option is only available when Reference is selected for End Pt Orient Type.

5

Specifies a starting height reference plane or object. The intersection of this plane with reference plane 2 defines the bottom height of the swage surface. This option is only available when Reference is selected for Start Height Orient.

6

Specifies a ending height reference plane or object. The intersection of this plane with reference plane 2 defines the top height of the swage surface. This option is only available when Reference is selected for End Height Orient.

7

Specifies the center locations for swage features when Non-Regular is selected for Swage Pattern.

Color Coding

For a new geometric construction, you can identify the status of input items by the background color of the step:

  • - No background color when there is no input.

  • - Yellow background when an input is selected.

  • - Blue background when an input was selected for the previous geometric construction. The input can also be used for the current geometric construction.

Selected inputs display highlighted in pink in the Workspace Explorer and as pink dotted lines in the graphic view:

When changing an existing geometric construction to a different definition, colors represent the different value changes:

  • and - No background color when you keep the value of the original geometric construction.

  • and - Yellow background when you change a value.

  • and - Blue background when the software changes a value to a new suggested value.

 Reject

Clears the selections for the current step.

 Accept

Accepts the current selections and displays a preview.

Continue

Completes the geometric construction definition. The ribbon continues to display so that you can define parameters for additional geometry.

The geometric constructions are not created and saved to the model until you click Finish on the main command ribbon to create the model object.

Category

Specifies the type of swage parameters. Select Auto Preview, Main, Start Pt, End Pt, Start Height, End Height, Pattern, or All. Descriptions of the parameters for each category are below. All displays the properties for all categories.

Auto Preview

Specifies whether a preview of the swaged surface is displayed. The preview updates as options are changed. Select On or Off.

Main Category

Defines general orientation properties.

Along Axis

Defines the orientation of the swage cross-section on the reference plane. Select X axis, Y axis, or Z axis. For example, if the reference plane is on an X-Y plane, then valid selections are X axis or Y axis.

X axis:

Y axis:

Swage Dir

Defines the direction of the swage cross-section with respect to the reference plane. Select +x, -x, +y, -y, +z, or -z. For example, if the reference plane is on an X-Y plane, then valid selections are +z or -z.

+z:

-z:

Ref Plane Offset

Defines the offset of the swage surface from the reference plane.

Start Pt Category

Defines the starting point of the swage cross-section.

Start Pt Orient Type

Select Offset to define point coordinates based on the coordinate system. Select Reference to define point coordinates as the intersection of a reference plane or object (by clicking 3) with reference plane 2.

Start Coord

Defines a coordinate value for the starting point. Type a value. This option is only available when Offset is selected for Start Pt Orient Type.

Start Clearance

Defines the distance between the starting point and the first bend of the swage. Type a value.

Start Extension

Defines the extension distance of the surface before the starting point. Type a value.

End Pt Category

Defines the ending point of the swage cross-section.

End Pt Orient Type

Select Offset to define point coordinates based on the coordinate system. Select Reference to define point coordinates as the intersection of a reference plane or object (by clicking 4) with reference plane 2.

End Coord

Defines a coordinate value for the ending point. Type a value. This option is only available when Offset is selected for End Pt Orient Type.

End Extension

Defines a value for the distance the surface is extended after the ending point. Type a value.

Start Height Category

Defines the bottom location of the swaged surface.

Start Height Orient

Select Offset to define height coordinates based on the coordinate system. Select Reference to define height coordinates as the intersection of a reference plane or object with reference plane 2.

Start Height

Defines a coordinate value for the bottom of the swaged surface. Type a value. This option is only available when Offset is selected for Start Height Orient.

Start Height Offset

Defines the offset of the bottom of the swaged surface from reference plane 5. This option is only available when Reference is selected for Start Height Orient.

End Height Category

Defines the top location of the swaged surface.

End Height Orient

Select Offset to define height coordinates based on the coordinate system. Select Reference to define height coordinates as the intersection of a reference plane or object with reference plane 2.

End Height Coord

Defines a coordinate value for the top of the swaged surface. Type a value. This option is only available when Offset is selected for End Height Orient.

End Height Offset

Defines the offset of the top of the swaged surface from reference plane 6. This option is only available when Reference is selected for End Height Orient.

Pattern Category

Defines the swage feature shape and spacing.

Swage Pattern

Specifies the pattern for swage spacing:

Regular - Places features at the center-to-center interval specified by Spacing. The edge of the first feature is at the Start Clearance location.

Non-Regular - Places the center of features at the reference planes selected for 7.

Feature Type

Specifies the shape of the swage features. Select V, Elongated V, or Arc.

V:

Elongated V:

Arc:

a

The width at the bottom of a V or Elongated V feature.

b

The width at the top of an Elongated V feature.

c

The height for a V or Elongated V feature. The radius for an Arc feature.

Spacing

The center-to-center distance between features. This option is only available when Regular is selected for Swage Pattern.