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Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts
January 31, 2013 01:33PM
Thanks for the links; the .4sp files seem like a production version of sort of what I had in mind.

The full connection db proposal did get me thinking about how much 'more' we would want, either now or later. I updated to the latest LDD and noted that they have both positive suggestion (e.g. they seem to know when a part has 'snapped' into another, more or less) and negative (you can't overlap two bricks in space), and they seem to understand hinged vs non-hinged connections.

Let me think a little bit about how much functionality would really be useful...the LDD hinge tool is useful enough that it made me go "I wish I had that for BrickSmith". :-) At the same time, we could go so far as to make something impossible to code. :-)

Possible features:
- Identification of good connections (snap together).
- Identification of bad connections (e.g. a lack of snap).
- Identification of illegal placement (overlapping bricks).
- Identification of legal rotations (e.g. rotate this hinged thing).
- Identificaiton of illegal rotations (e.g. you can't rotate this hinge past 90 degrees).
- Identification of structural failure (e.g. if you slide the clip past this point on the antenna, the clip is no longer attached).
- Combinations of these features (e.g. if you rotate this hinge, you'll stop at X degrees because any further and part Y and Z will overlap...(!)

I'd be happy with just good connections and a hinge tool, but it would also be nice to have a file format that we won't have to throw out later if someone wants to do more.

(The hinge tool basically rotates an entire snapped together collection of parts around a known hinge, using the hinges degrees of freedom. For models that use hinges to create particular angles or shapes, this is significantly faster than doing a manual "rotate around point" by coordiante with a multi-part selection.)
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Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik539January 30, 2013 01:48PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Roland Melkert238January 30, 2013 02:20PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik385January 31, 2013 01:33PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Roland Melkert348January 31, 2013 01:41PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Michael Heidemann272February 01, 2013 07:57AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik245February 01, 2013 12:51PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Roland Melkert245February 01, 2013 12:58PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Roland Melkert239February 01, 2013 12:56PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Michael Heidemann252February 01, 2013 02:11PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik237February 01, 2013 05:16PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik229February 01, 2013 05:20PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Steffen239February 02, 2013 05:43PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Michael Heidemann243February 03, 2013 12:58AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Steffen211February 06, 2013 04:58PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Steffen209February 06, 2013 04:59PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Roland Melkert204February 07, 2013 09:52AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Michael Heidemann220February 08, 2013 10:17AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik210February 03, 2013 09:11AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Orion Pobursky253February 02, 2013 12:47AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Steffen216February 06, 2013 05:02PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Travis Cobbs223February 07, 2013 09:19AM
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Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Sergio Reano316February 07, 2013 03:00PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Allen Smith218February 08, 2013 09:00AM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Sergio Reano251February 08, 2013 02:21PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik263February 12, 2013 06:59PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Sergio Reano236February 13, 2013 02:29PM
Re: Feedback Request: Table of Offests for Related Parts Ben Supnik242February 17, 2013 11:11AM
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