I cant seem to set my rectangle to loft to be on the edge of the line in like the picture in my original post. So I cannot loft like you suggest,because my rectangle is centered on the sweep path.
You could try to use Rectangle.ByCornerPoints with Curve.StartPoint for the first point or move the profile with a Translate node:
I tried this and get the error message which I cant create the rectangle and dont know why.Please advise.
it appears that my rectangle is failing because dynamo cant figure out which point is the corner points and is drawing the rectangle in the wrong sequence. they polygon node show this well. Any ideas how to fix this? thanks!
Try to sort the list of points using List.SortByKey + Point.X / Point.Y / Point.Z as keys
Ok, that sounds perfectly reasonable, but you will have to forgive me because I am afraid you are over estimating my dynamo skills. I cant tell you how many times I re-read the List.SortByKeys node definintion in the dynamo dictionary, and I still dont understand it. Do you think you can explain it in plain english please? I also dont understand how you are sorting with the points,here is what I have so far:
Sorry, I did not think about mentioning that: Point.X / Point.Y / Point.Z are nodes, see here:
A List.GroupByKey node could also be useful in the process:
Im sorry, I still dont understand what you are hinting at. What are you trying do exactly? I did what you did, but I just got failing nodes: Please explain.
I cannot right now, but see if this helps better:
This node seems cool. However, it seems to be dumping out one of the points for no reason which turns my would be rectangle in to a triangle.
I have found a there is a Point.PruneDuplicates Function that isn’t essential within that node. Thanks for the additional debug @mix. This was probably to eliminate corner point overlaps, but that can be done post processing with another node.
Try this one. It allows for start point to be defined for sorting the points.
Sastrugi - Sort Points as Perimeter.dyf (12.6 KB)
Also, here is an example of how you could use it…
RED=Original RECT Location
GREEN= Translated RECT Location
Thanks! can you use this to sweep along two rails too?
It doesnt seem to order things properly
This should fix it.
The node now takes into account the plane created by the points for radial sorting.
Sastrugi - Sort Points as Perimeter.dyf (15.2 KB)
This node still seem to be having trouble. Please advise.
Are you able to upload your .dyn so I can take a look at why?
I can send it to you via wetransfer if you give me your email address please
@Ewan_Opie please try this.
Sorry for the late reply @mix I have been well and truly snowed under with project work.
I see that you have been having some problems with indexing, sorting points and planes (other recent forum posts)
I have had a look at your script and have some advice.
I hope I am correct in assuming your workflow is to create a solid lofted through “profiles” along a reference curve. To create a pipe insulation zone or no-go clearance corridor for services. (please correct me if I am wrong)
The initial error of larger “profiles” not working due to intersections leads me to my first piece of advice, the parameters you are using to create your reference curve may not allow for this to ever successfully be done with a uniform “profile” You may want to interrogate your minimum curve radius for the service runs you have created, or simplify the “corridor” curve to eliminate there choke points.
My second piece of advice is around script formatting. As you develop your workflows, for your own clarity and the clarity of others trying to assist, try to group processes into segments to clarify what different areas of your script are doing. The reference DYN you uploaded was a little tricky to follow…
Lastly, may I suggest an alternative workflow. Rather than lofting by more than one curve (as this works quite well for this workflow), perhaps you could just adjust the position of the “profiles” on their reference plane on curve, to achieve the differential offsets you require?
I have attached the DYN of this test script so you can have a look at what I am suggesting. (Try feeding the different input options (in blue group) into the input node opposite and see what you get)
(D1.3) Loft Rectange Along Conduit.dyn (46.1 KB)
Hope this was of some help.
@Ewan_Opie thanks for your advice I will take it to heart. However, I am afraid I cant really follow your script. When I tried it, it broke at the very first node from clockwork so I couldnt try it. However, I can tell you a little more about what I am trying to do. I dont really need to know how to loft along a single conduit. My script does this pretty well. I can do it many ways infact. the problem is that I need to be able to create a single solid that encompases many parallel conduits (even in multiple tiers) together in that solid. This is where I need to loft between the conduits. When I wrote this post, I thought I had it figured out, if only I could get your Sortpointsalong perimeter node to work but it did not. I wanted to use it to gather all the points from the rectangles at the begining of each conduit run and create a single larger rectangle by running your script. However it did not work. My main problem now, is that, on complicated runs, when I loft between two or more conduits, it creates a nice solid, when I thicken it that I can export to revit and looks good. However, this only encompasses the interior conduits in their encasement, and leaves half of the outside conduits “un-encased” because the loft command only takes it from the centerpoint of the line. Thats when I tried lofting only the outside conduits and then merging those solids to the thickened solid, but dynamo choked on this and refused to create a single solid. It gave the error message “cannot reconcile faces” or “faces in conistent” or something like that. Which I dont understand, because in the Dynamo dictionary it merges a sphere with a Cube and its perfectly ok with that. Here I might have a slight mis-alignment along my runs here and there, but im like “who cares??” just merge the things into one thing, dynamo! but it refuses to do It and I cant export it. Also, your script seems to work only in the x - y plane conduits. My conduits are running up, down, around, angled, rolled fittings on an angle. Everything. I get really strange results when I try to offset the polycurves or even find their planes. Some are vertical, some are horizontal and some are really weird. So when I offset the polycurves I just get a scatter plot of random curves and I cant figure out how to tie them together. Anyways, sorry about the long winded reply but this is where I am at and its frustrating because I am so close! If you have any advise that you think can help please send it my way. Or if you get your node to work! Thanks again.