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Grid Array 2 for trueSpace7.61

grid array icon

Distribute copies of an object into a 2 or 3-dimensional block.

persistent base install required

Comes pre-installed in the Unofficial trueSpace Updates - https://www.united3dartists.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=55

Installation:

  1. install the persistent base if not already installed
  2. drag the node into the link editor
  3. delete the node from the scene after install is complete
grid array 2 panel

Usage:

  • Select a scene object and press the button to create the array
    • LMB - create in world coordinates
    • RMB - create in local coordinates of the object
  • Use Spacing for Width, Depth and Height to control the size of the array. The value is the space between each array element. These values can go negative to reverse the direction of the array.
  • Use Segment Counts for Width, Depth and Height to control the number of array elements.
  • Replace Array Element - copy the selected item in to the array
  • Select Array Element - select the array element for transformation
  • Open in Link Editor - open a link editor window for interactive update when rotating the array element and for unsticking controls if needed.
  • Select Array Rotator - used to select the invisible box that defines the transformation locations for the grid elements. The rotation handles of the widget can be used to change the orientation of the array without altering the orientations of its members.
  • Reset Array Rotation - set the Array Rotator rotation values to 0
  • select all but one - selects all but one array elements after the Disband Array is run
  • Disband Array - convert the array to a plain group item

video shows usage for grid array version 1

Convert to a single mesh object

  1. select all but one enabled
  2. press the Disband Array button
  3. the array will be converted to a simple group object and all the array elements will be selected except for one
  4. activate the boolean Merge geometry tool - Flatten result and do not Keep drill object
  5. select the final array element then exit the tool
  6. 3D Unencapsulate - part of the unofficial truespace update

Notes:

  • After conversion to a group object you can right click the nodes title bar to enter panel edit and immediately right click again and choose Reset.
  • old version of the script can be found here: gridarray_old.html

September 24, 2019

  • grid array version 2 replaces previous version
  • does not use a cube primitive to define the array element locations
  • no need to fill the center of a hollow cube
  • automatic adjustment for 1D and 2D arrays - no need to set size to zero
  • no back and forth conversion between local and world coordinates - only set at array creation time
December 3 2010
June 5, 2013