Welcome to my Blog. For my first post I am discussing Power Copies
Copy consists of a body, 3D shape reference, which, may have various features that are able to be implemented into a new location. Inputs and parameters are controlled through referenced elements – these consist of: Features, Inputs, Variables, Parameters, etc. In reference to the video below the Screw’s input is the Orientation Axis that is created in both the centre of the Screw and the instantiation Environment (box). Power Copies can be easily modified through either the exposed parameters, or the geometry itself. In the videos below you will see how to create a Power Copy and how to instantiate it into another model:
I would use a Power Copy when there is a need to rapidly generate and automate a repetitive process that have the same input conditions. For example, if I were wanting to generate a pattern that would allow me to have a base location for a roof or wall structure I would ensure that both the Power Copy and building’s environment inputs have specific start and end points, a base line running from the start and end point; and an orientation axis. This would then allow me to generate a set of roof/wall structural systems all at once due to the Power Copy foundation that was done prior.
In my next blog I will be writing about User Defined Feature’s which are quite similar to a Power Copy but are used for different scenarios.