- Toggles showing the Live Parts object cell mesh surfaces as opaque versus showing mesh edges.
- When rendering the wireframe, it is easier to see the mesh if the user toggles the 'G' black background grid on.
- When a Live Parts object has been smoothed, the wireframe mesh represents the externally facing deformed triangles of the smooth mesh.
- Toggles showing the Live Parts object point masses associated with the cells.
- Each cell has point masses at its corners and these are shared between neighboring cells.
Draw cell mesh
- Toggles rendering of the Live Parts object cell mesh on/off.
- Toggles among 3 settings; springs on, only highly strained springs on, and springs off.
- Toggles ability to change the Live Parts object to a color from a custom palette.
- When the user toggles this mode off, Live Parts reverts to rendering the object according to the strain level felt by individual cells — a blue represents no strain whereas a progression of color towards green, yellow, orange and red indicates higher levels of strain.
- Strain is measured as a combination of axial strain (tension and compression) and shear strain.
- Toggles the rendering of forces on/off as they are applied to the Live Parts object.
- When all seed cell stems have grown to reach their targets, the Live Parts activates the pre-defined forces. Forces are applied to cells within gradient volumes or surrounding target locations.
- When this mode is toggled on, each cell experiencing a force shows a dynamic arrow in the appropriate direction and magnitude to represent its relative strength.
- Toggles walls on/off for viewing purposes. Walls are sticky surfaces to which cells may stick.
- Toggles on/off the visibility of the attractor gradients (rendered in blue).
- Attractors are a type of gradient that attracts cell growth in order to fill out the enclosed volume. When a growing seed cell stem passes through an attractor gradient, it triggers further growth of cells, forcing them to to populate the region within the gradient.
- Toggles on/off the visibility of the repeller gradients (rendered in red).
- Repellers are a type of gradient that repels cell growth in order to prevent cells from populating the enclosed volume.
- Toggles on/off the visibility of symmetries (rendered in yellow).
- Symmetries are planes that define regions where cell growth or death on one side of the plane must be mimicked on the other side of the plane. Symmetries have a locating point that defines the effective distance away from the plane that the symmetry is active.
Cell Knife Active
- Toggles on/off the cell knife, which allows users to "Shift + Left Mouse Click" over cells to eliminate them.
- The cell knife is intended to help clean up unwanted cells manually, as well as to curtail runaway growth where cells rapidly reproduce. There is no guarantee that killing a cell will permanently remove it, as the object may regrow the cell if it the object requires it to support a pre-defined force.