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Update: Super Derive with mate connectors

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 4,498
edited November 18 in FeatureScript
I just pushed an update to the excellent Super Derive feature by @ilya_baran with 2 new options:
  1. Use origin - on by default, will use the origin of the Part Studio as before. Turned off, will use the first mate connector of the first derived part.
  2. Include mate connectors - off by default, will not derive the part's mate connectors as before. Turned on, will derive mate connectors AND add the mate connectors to the resultant part if add/remove/intersect are used. This means that merged parts will inherit the derived mate connectors which will then appear in further derives or assembly instances. Use origin and Include mate connectors are NOT mutually exclusive.


https://cad.onshape.com/documents/cfef86ed4f9635531599a973
Director, Technical Services, EMEA

Comments

  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 1,534 PRO
    Cool options. Already love that feature!
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 1,062 PRO
    Why not make it so that mate connectors in the derived part other than the first one could be selected? I could see that being really helpful.
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 4,498
    @S1mon couldn’t think of a good UI for it. Considered the mate connector quadrant icon but that only has 4 options (better than nothing). Didn’t want to have an integer input. Any ideas? Glad to add it but only if it makes sense. 
    Director, Technical Services, EMEA
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 1,062 PRO
    @NeilCooke

    I guess I was imagining something like the profile reference dots in the frame feature, but that only works if the MCs are locationally distinct enough.



    Can you easily pull up the names of the MCs? It's not too crazy to expect that if, as a user, I want to pick a particular MC, I would be willing to name them in such a manner that I can pick the one I want.
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 4,498
    edited November 22
    No can do - one of the frustrating limitations of custom features is that nothing exists until the feature regenerates so there is no way to get the MCs to allow selection of a name. The point manipulator could work - I'll have to try it.
    Director, Technical Services, EMEA
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 1,534 PRO
    Kind of a kludge, but you could make another feature that goes in the source part studio at the end of the feature list, which creates a hidden variable containing a map with the MC names and coordinate systems (using a non-allowed character in the variable name like "@" hides it, but it still exists). From there you'd be able to make point manipulators in Super Derive. That might be taking it in too unintuitive of a direction though.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
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