View Full Version : Auto-adjusting picket fence? Instancing workflow?

08-09-2016, 08:45 PM
I'd like to be able to adjust the density of a standard white picket fence, iow the pickets/foot value. So I'm assuming I have to do this in Layout, via Instancing.

The only odd thing here is the fence is laid out in a circle.

My main concern is: how to get the cross pieces to auto connect? I've modeled it so the cross pieces are actually extensions of the picket itself (iow, unrealistically), and I'd like the aspect ratio of the pick to remain unchanged no matter what the density, but I'd like the crossbars of course to always reach the next picket. Worst case would be a 'circular' fence with only 3 pickets, but the crossbars always have to reach.

This IS the kind of thing where procedurals would be very nice..... ;) :chicken:

Prince Charming
08-09-2016, 08:47 PM
Can be done nodaly now... Just need to set it up properly.

08-09-2016, 09:03 PM
Seems like a bit of bother trying to complicate it when Radial Array is right there-- academically interesting but probably impractical.