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Richard Birket

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Locking width of repeating unit
« on: December 16, 2011, 08:21:56 PM »
I have a 4500mm wide window frame unit that is repeated along a spline to create the perimeter of a building. I have bevel mode set to symmetric to sort out the corners.

The frame unit is an editable poly made up of frame members, glass and solid panels. I want to be able to hide either of these sub elements so that I can see just the frame, the glass or the solid panels in isolation in the railclone object. To do this, I simply add an edit poly modifier in the stack and hide the appropriate IDs.

The problem I find is that if I hide the frame element (which is the full 4500mm wide), the panels realign as they are no longer 4500mm wide. Likewise, if I only show the solide panels (which are a mere 500mm wide) the railclone object adjusts to butt the 500mm panels side by side.

How do I 'lock' the railclone object so that it doesn't recalculate the alignment as sub object polygons are hidden?
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Rich

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Re: Locking width of repeating unit
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 11:43:54 AM »
It is not possible to lock the size of a Segment, because RailClone computes it dinamically, but there is a simple workaround for this case:

- Add a couple of fake vertices to both ends of the piece (using Edit Poly->Vertex->Edit Geometry->Create). These vertices delimite the segment's width, but are not affected by the IDs, because they are not used by any face.

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Re: Locking width of repeating unit
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 10:32:03 AM »
Thanks for that - a good workaround.
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Rich

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