Tweaking Curves

The following options of the Tweak Curve command are available. Command syntax and description follow below.

Create a Chamfer or Fillet

The Tweak Curve Chamfer or Fillet command is used to fillet or chamfer a curve. The radius value is the radius of the fillet arc or chamfer cut distance. The command syntax is:

To tweak a curve using the chamfer or fillet radius

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Fillet Radius or Chamfer Radius from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter in the appropriate information.
  7. Click Apply.

Tweak Curve <id_range> {Fillet|Chamfer} Radius <value> [Keep] [Preview]

In addition to creating chamfers of a single cut distance, the chamfer can be specified be two values.

Tweak Curve <id_list> Chamfer Radius <val1> [<val2>] [Keep] [Preview]

Figure 1 shows a brick ('br x 10') chamfered with two different cut distances ('Tweak Curve 1 2 Chamfer Radius 2 4').



Figure 1 Chamfer with two different distances

Individual curves can also be filleted with different start and finish radius values. The syntax is:

Tweak Curve <id> Fillet Radius <val1> [<val2>] [Keep] [Preview]

Figure 2 shows a brick ('br x 10') filleted with different start and end radius values (‘Tweak Curve 1 2 Chamfer Radius 2 4’).



Figure 2. Fillet with two different radii

For all Tweak Fillet and Tweak Chamfer variations, the keep option prevents the destruction of the original geometry after the operation and the preview option temporarily displays the new geometry configuration without actually changing the geometry.

Tweaking a Curve Using an Offset Distance

To tweak a curve using offset

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Offset from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter in the appropriate Offset Value.
  7. Click Apply.
Tweak Curve <id_list> Offset <val> [Curve <id_list> Offset <val>] [Curve <id_list> Offset <val> ...] [Keep] [Preview]

Tweaking curves a specified distance offsets the existing curves and extends the attached surfaces to meet them. A positive offset value will enlarge the surface while a negative value will decrease the area of the attached surface. Different offset values can be specified for each curve. The keep option prevents the destruction of the original geometry after the operation. The preview option temporarily displays the new geometry configuration without actually changing the geometry. Figure 3 shows an example of offsetting a curve a specified distance.

Figure 3 Offsetting a set of curves a specified distance

Removing a Curve

To remove a curve

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Remove from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Apply.

Tweak Curve <id_list> Remove [Keep] [Preview]

Similar to the Tweak Curve Remove command, the tweak curve remove function removes a specified curve from a sheet body. Figure 4 shows a simple example of removing a curve from a sheet body.

Figure 4. Removing a curve from a sheet body

The keep option prevents the destruction of the original geometry after the operation. The preview option temporarily displays the new geometry configuration without actually changing the geometry.

Tweaking a Curve Using Target Surfaces, Curves, or Plane

Use Tweak Curve Target to offset a curve to a specified surface, plane or curve. Figure 5 shows an example of tweaking a curve to several surfaces.

Figure 5 Tweaking a curve to multiple target surfaces

Similarly, a target plane can be specified using the Plane specification syntax.

To tweak a curve using a target surface

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Target Surface from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter the appropriate value for Surface ID. This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  7. Click Apply.

Tweak Curve <id_list> Target {Surface >id_list> [Limit Plane (options)] [EXTEND|Noextend] | Plane (options)} [Max_area_increase <val>] [Keep] [Preview]

To tweak a curve using a target curve

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Target Curve from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID. This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  7. Click Apply.

Tweak Curve <id_list> Target Curve <id_list > [EXTEND|Noextend] [Max_area_increase <val>] [Keep] [Preview]

If a target surface is supplied, the user can also use a limit plane if he wishes. A limit plane is a plane that the tweak will stop at if the tweaked curve does not completely intersect the target surface. The limit plane must be used with the extend option. See the help for Specifying a Plane for the options available to define a plane.

It should be noted that if the source and target surfaces are from the same body the resulting geometry will be automatically stitched. Single target surfaces are automatically extended so that the tweaked body will fully intersect the target. Unfortunately, extending multiple target surfaces can sometimes result in an invalid target, so the option is given to tweak to non-extended targets with the noextend option. In this case, the tweaked body must fully intersect the existing targets for success. If you experience a failure when tweaking to multiple targets or the results are unexpected, it is recommended to try the noextend option (NOTE: Tweaking to multiple targets is only implemented in the ACIS geometry engine). If a value for the max_area_increasekeyword is given, Trelis will not perform the tweak if the resulting surface area increases by more than the specified amount. The keyword expects a percentage to be entered (i.e. '50' for 50%). It is recommended to always preview before using the tweak target commands.

For all tweak target variations, the keep option prevents the destruction of the original geometry after the operation and the preview option temporarily displays the new geometry configuration without actually changing the geometry.

Although it may not be intuitive curves can also serve as the target geometry. Figure 6 shows an example of extending a curve to another curve.

Figure 6 Tweaking a curve to a target curve

Notice that the source curve actually extends to the target curve as if the target were a surface.

Tweaking a Pair of Curves to a Corner

When creating mid-surface geometry it is often useful to extend surfaces to form a corner. To handle this specific but common case use the tweak corner command.

To tweak a pair of curves to a corner

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Geometry and then Curve.
  2. Click on the Modify action button.
  3. Select Tweak from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  5. Select Corner from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter the appropriate value for Curve ID. This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  7. Click Apply.

Tweak Curve <id> <id> Corner [Preview]

Figure 7 shows a typical tweak corner example. Notice that surfaces are extended/trimmed to intersect at a corner.

Figure 7. Tweaking two curves to a corner

The preview option temporarily displays the new geometry configuration without actually changing the geometry.