- This slider allows the user to modify the cell size used during the Live Parts object growth process.
- Within the Live Parts for Solidworks Add-in, the cell size is specified as either a percentage of the largest model bounding box dimension (typically 1%) or as a fixed value in mm (typically 1 mm).
- When Live Parts loads a model, it determines the initial cell size from the input data and sets a range of minimum to maximum cell sizes that the user may alternatively choose.
- When the user chooses a different cell size, the system resets the growth.
- Increasing the cell size decreases the time required during the Live Parts growth process to reach a steady state object, but it also decreases the resolution and complexity of the geometry.
- This slider controls each Live Parts object cell's threshold of strain tolerance.
- With the slider to the left, the object will have a lower tolerance to strain and will build thicker structures, preferring to keep them within a lower strain band (rendered as blue). With the slider to the right, the object will have a higher tolerance to strain and will build leaner structures, allowing them to creep towards higher strain bands (rendered as yellow and orange).
- Users can use this control much like they would use increased forces to build heftier or leaner structures. You can either increase the load, or decrease the tolerance to strain in order to achieve heavier structures.
Shear vs Comp
- This slider controls the material properties of cells during the Live Parts object growth process.
- The left side “Shear” causes the cells to have less shear strength and thus causes the object to build more 'flange-like' structures.
- The right side "Compression" causes cells to have less axial compressive and tensile strength and thus causes the object to build more ‘web-like' structures.