Using a Limit Curve

This task shows you how to perform a Digitized Morphing using a Limit Curve:
when using a displacement map to alter a die face development, you may have to limit the change to take place within the punch opening outline. As the displacement map encompasses a larger area, a Limit Curve to control what portion of the die face will be altered.
The shape to deform is DeformationInput01.CATPart in the samples directory.
The file of vectors used to compute the deformation is DeformationVectors01.txt in the samples directory.
Please refer to Digitized Morphing for more information on the general operating mode.
For a better result, the points in the displacement file should be inside the area defined by the limit curve, and the vectors should be consistent with the limit curve: the vectors associated to points that are near to the limit curve should have a small magnitude.
  1. Click the  Digitized Morphing icon . The Digitized Morphing dialog box is displayed:

  2. Select Surface.1 as the Element to deform.

  3. In the Deformation Element tab, click the icon and select DeformationVectors01.txt from the samples directory.

  4. Go to the Limit Element tab and select Sketch.1 as the Limit Curve.
    You can select only one curve, open or closed, as the Limit Curve.
    It must lie on the surface to deform, and divide this surface in two distinct sides.
    If you select a Limit Curve, you can process only one element to deform.
    The name of the Limit Curve is displayed in the Limit Element tab.

    A contextual menu is available to clear the selection.

  5. Continuity lets you define the type of continuity between the output surface and the Limit Curve (Point or Tangent).
    Once the Element to deform and the Limit Curve are selected, the area to deform is highlighted. Other Side lets you process the area located on the other side of the Limit Curve. The highlight is updated accordingly.
    Radius lets you define the radius of a circular pipe centered on the limit curve, within which points are removed.

    This radius is visualized as a dark blue sphere (we set it to 2).

  6. Click Preview. Note that it can take some time.
    If the displacement implies a large distortion on the shape, a message is displayed and the corresponding vectors are highlighted.
    You can modify the Pts to ignore value in the Parameters tab to eliminate these points from the computation (we set it to 10).
    Click Preview again.

  7. Click OK when you are done.