The Adaptive Component functionality in Project Vasari is intended to work in conjunction with the pattern-based curtain panel tool. This functionality is designed to handle cases where components require more flexibility to adapt to many unique contextual conditions. For example, adaptive components could be used in repeating systems generated by arraying multiple components that conform to user-defined constraints. Adaptive components can also be useful for filling in end panels which the pattern based panels are unable to create.
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You may have noticed in the previous section that the edges of the pattern-based panel façade we created automatically cleaned up its edges, though it did not resolve the edge conditions correctly, it merely chops the edges. In this section we will be taking a look at ways to deal with these types of issues which require a bit more flexibility and custom input from the user to resolve these unique contextual situations.
Next step is to make these points "Adaptive." To do this, select the points and click Make Adaptive on the ribbon. The Make Adaptive command only displays when you have points selected. The order in which you create the points is important as this will dictate the order in which you must place them in the project environment.
Once you have made your points adaptive, you will see the ordering by which you created the points displayed above them. The framework of this panel will be created using reference lines. Make sure to have 3D snapping turned on and the Make Surface from Closed Loops option turned off.
Similarly to the section on custom pattern based families, place a point on one of the lines from which you will create a hosted rectangle. Make sure to set the reference plane to the point before you make the rectangle. Add dimensions to the rectangle for both the depth and width. Next, parameterizing both dimensions to control each panel attribute and create the frame by sweeping the rectangle along the reference lines using Create Form. Finish the panel by creating the glazing panel in the center, either by multi-selecting the boundary or drawing in new reference lines and assigning a glass material.
Now you can test your rig by selecting one of the points and dragging. You should see everything update in response to the change in location on the reference point, as they are the reference to which everything is built upon. When you are satisfied that everything is working as intended, load it into "9.0 Adaptive Components_Start."
Before you begin placing the panel, we need to change a few settings. First, select the divided panel surfaces and ensure that the Border Tile setting is set to Empty. When set to Empty, Vasari will not create partial panels and trim them at the edges. This is not the job of the adaptive component you just created.
Next, we need to turn node points on for reference when placing the adaptive panel. Node points show the boundary conditions of the panels. To activate this, select an individual divided surface (one at a time for this step) and activate the Surface display mode in the upper right of the ribbon.
The next step requires a bit of blind faith, as the button to activate the nodes is not directly visible. With the divided surface selected and surface display activated, hover your mouse over the bottom right corner of the Surface Representation panel. A small button will display.
Now that you have everything prepared, we begin to place some panels. You can find your loaded adaptive panel in the project browser under generic families. When you have this located, drag and drop it into the project, this will begin the placement process which consists of locating the host points of the panel on the pattern based family surface.
Make sure to click on the node points as the host points. This process is made easier if done from the back of the surface as the pattern-based family is also hosted here as well and might be obscuring the node points
Depending on if you clicked in the correct order (clockwise vs. counter clockwise) your panel may have been hosted behind the surface as opposed to on top of it with the pattern based family. Instead of deleting the panel, you can select the panel and select the Flip check box in the Properties dialog. This option flips the directionality associated with this panel.