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New features in Live Parts v1.5
Released on August 7, 2018
- NEW Connections feature
The new connections feature in the Live Parts for SOLIDWORKS Add-in enables automated seed cell creation—connecting each of the “fixed” surfaces (defined via the fixture feature) with “forced” surfaces (defined via the force feature). Users can then select exactly which stems they would like to create.
The image below depicts how seed cells are automatically created to connect the four fixed surfaces (red) to the two forced surfaces (turquoise blue).
- UPDATE Improved UI for seed cell definition
The seed cell feature is used to manually define seed cells that dictate the start and end locations for the growth process. This process has been automated with the release of the connections feature—however, users may seek to define seed cells manually.
In the new, simplified user interface for the seed cell feature, users can select a start location that corresponds a "fixed" surface in the assembly and an end location that corresponds to a "forced" surface in the assembly.
In the image below, with the seed cell feature, a user has selected the red "fixed" surface as a start location and the turquoise blue "forced" surface as an end location.
Alternatively, users can select the Advanced checkbox and specify datum points or attractor gradients as the start and end locations. In the sample assembly file, “Container,” there is an added seed cell from two datum points on the lower portion of the model to encourage cells to grow below the “cutout” holes in the container (see the image below).
- UPDATE UI for Gradient definition
The user interface for the Gradient feature (used to create attractor, repeller, and container gradients) has been simplified to enable solely the selection of bodies/volumes to be represented by the gradient, hiding the options to associate forces to the gradient or fix the gradient's position (users can now perform these actions with the Fixture and Force features).
Users can still select the Advanced checkbox and assign a force to an entire gradient or to fix an entire gradient. An example use case for this advanced functionality is to assign a force to a repeller gradient, such that any adjacent cells feel the force defined by this common shape. See the "Hinge" sample model in Live Parts demo mode.
UPDATE Growth rate and forces set to zero
The Growth rate and the forces in Live parts can now be set to zero - effectively turning off the forces and stopping all growth.
- NEW Additional sample assemblies
New sample assemblies are included to show the capabilities of the Connections feature in conjunction with the Force and Fixture features. These assemblies are located in the C:/Program Files/LivePartsSolidworks/assemblies folder: container, jet_mount, throttlebody_adv, and swingarm.