During the Live Parts growth process, as the strain experienced by regions of cells decreases (blue and green areas in the growing object), those cells are killed off and fall to the ground. In addition, each cell has a deactivation age, which represents a maximum number of cycles the cell can exist within the Live Parts object before it is killed off.
The default deactivation age is set to 500 cycles. Increasing the cell deactivation age also increases the time required during the Live Parts growth process to reach a steady state object with cells experiencing low strain killed off.
Adjusting Cell Deactivation Age in SOLIDWORKS:
- Select Settings in the Live Parts for SOLIDWORKS Add-in Toolbar.
- Input a value in the Deactivation Age box. You can input a constant value or define this as an expression varying over time (e.g. "(t < 1000) ? 1000 : 500").
- Select Save.
Alternatively, you can also adjust the cell deactivation dynamically during the Live Parts growth process by using the slider in the Controls Toolbar while in Advanced Mode in Live Parts. For more information, please visit our Controls Toolbar: Advanced Mode article.