So i can model and fully constrain 3D slabs and other primitives, but if i need to array those primitives the tools don't work because they aren't parametric solids.... but they are fully constrained in every dimension with variables which means they are parametric?
If i cut the primitive i can make it work but it adds an un-necessary operation is there another solution?
I could extrude a fully constrained 2D profile to make a slab but this is again more complicated then it needs to be...
Am i missing something?
I assume you have placed the Slab using Variables to control the Height / Width / Length in the Tool Settings thus constraining its size. The element Type remains as a Slab as can be seen in the Properties dialog.
The normal Array tool (Drawing > Home > Manipulate > Array) can be used on this Slab although appreciate, you will not have the ability to use variables to control Row/Column spacing as with the Array Feature tool.
Correct i cannot use the variable controlled row/column spacing tools for a parametric part. So i have to take a extra step of cutting the end off my slab (or extruding a 2D profile) to make it into a parametric solid so it can be arrayed with the parametric tools.
I can't be the only person who finds this weird and silly taking what is others a fairly elegant means of parametric modeling constrained 3D solids and makes it more complicated for the sake of making it complicated. I can constrain the slab in any way i just cannot array it.
So can we get a toggle or something to turn primitive solids into parametric like so they can be arrayed? ...or just un-lock the power to array primitives parametricly?
Which version of CONNECT are you in?
In the array parametric feature tool there is a setting for "Whole Element" that you can enable, this was added in Update 4, see below:
This should work on any solid when done you can review the array through the Properties dialog:
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ABD U4 which would be CE U11.
It wont let me use the feature array tool on a slab, says the element isn't parametric.
Maybe it's an ABD issue or i'm missing something?
Okay i tried this again with a a single slab solid and it actually worked just fine i must have missed the whole element toggle before thank you for the clarification.