How to create a conformal lattice from a Quad mesh

Objective:

Learn how to create a conformal lattice from a quad mesh.

Applies to:

  • Conformal lattices
  • An alternative to Lattice from CAD face workflows

Procedure:

1. Create a mesh, import a mesh, or extract mesh faces.

2. Add a Filter Mesh by Flood Fill block and input your mesh to filter it.

3. Convert your mesh into a Quad Mesh.

    • Add a Quadrangulate Mesh block.
      • Input your Filter Mesh by Flood Fill block.
      • Edit the Quad Mesh settings until you are happy with the result (Each quad will be a lattice unit cell).

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4. Convert the Quad Mesh into a lattice.

    • Add a Periodic Lattice (beta) block. 
      • Add a Cell Map on Quad Mesh (beta) block.
        • Add a Graph Unit Cell (beta) (You can use custom, graph, or TPMS).
          • For desired results, make sure your unit cell is symmetrical.
        • Edit the Height, Layer count, and Unit cell parameter 1 until you are happy with the results.

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Test out the different unit cells and settings to see what you can create.

Note: Since there are many different faces within a quad mesh, the UVW of those faces may not align perfectly. This can be an issue if you are using a unit cell that isn't the same in every direction, like the gyroid unit cell. In this case, the Lattice from CAD Face workflow may be the preferred workflow.

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And that’s it! You’ve successfully created a lattice from a quad mesh

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 cad face mesh surface lattice conformal tpms remesh cell unit lattices quadrangulate quad how-to 
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