Constrained manipulation

In most computational graphic statics applications in 2D or 2.5D, geometric manipulations of form and force diagrams are simple and straightforward using a mouse and a computer monitor. Because the diagrams are coplanar on a single viewing plane, one can simply click and move the vertices of the force diagram to observe the consequential effects on the form diagram in real-time. Moving the vertices of a 2D force diagram changes both the magnitudes and orientations of the corresponding external forces or members in the form diagram.

Geometric manipulations of polyhedral cells are not as straightforward or intuitive without the fixed viewing plane of 2D applications or the projection plane of 2.5D applications. Moving the vertices of a polyhedral cell changes its geometry, but it is not immediately clear to the user how much effect the geometric transformation has on the new distribution or orientations of forces. Vertex translation in 3D space also requires meaningful geometric guides or constraints that are based on the local geometry of the polyhedral cell to avoid arbitrary or counterproductive transformations. Furthermore, the translation of vertices could also cause some of the faces of the polyhedral cell to become non-planar. For manipulating the geometry of polyhedral cells while enforcing the planarity constraints of the faces, vertex translations are simply not sufficient enough.

In order to change the force distribution of a polyhedral cell while maintaining the initial face orientations, a face can be pulled along its normal vector.


If a face contains vertices that have valencies or degrees of four or more (more than one trailing edge), the pulling or tilting of the axis will result in faces that are no longer in their original orientations or possibly non-planar. The topological transformation of a cell can be guided and significantly simplified by the EGI. The corresponding EGI face of a high-valent cell vertex can be split, which creates an extra vertex. Using the new topology of the EGI, the new faces of the cell can be constructed before the face pull operation is performed.




from __future__ import absolute_import
from __future__ import print_function
from __future__ import division

import compas

from compas_rhino.helpers import mesh_from_surface

from compas_3gs.diagrams import Cell

from compas_3gs.rhino import rhino_cell_face_pull

    import rhinoscriptsyntax as rs

except ImportError:

__author__     = 'Juney Lee'
__copyright__  = 'Copyright 2019, BLOCK Research Group - ETH Zurich'
__license__    = 'MIT License'
__email__      = ''

# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#   1. make cell from rhino polysurfaces
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
layer = 'cell'

guid = rs.GetObject("select a closed polysurface", filter=rs.filter.polysurface)

cell = mesh_from_surface(Cell, guid)

# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#   2. pull cell face
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------