This tool creates the effect of mirroring parts about any plane orthogonal to one of the XYZ axes. It also optionally creates a plane at the plane of symmetry using point parts.
Download tool and icon (2013-3-6)
There are two intended uses of the tool:
1. Create a ‘display room’ effect where there is a partial reflection of the model, as seen in the image of the Ford Taurus below.
2. For symmetric models where the plane(s) of symmetry are not the X, Y, Z=0 planes.
How to use
First select all the parts that you want to create a mirror image for, then run the tool. A screenshot of the options is below.
Direction to reflect in: (+X, +Y, +Z, -X, -Y, -Z)
How to set mirror location: (Extents of selected parts, Extents of entire model, Specify a value)
X, Y, or Z value: (float) Location of the plane of symmetry if ‘Specify a value’ is chosen
Create symmetry plane: Whether to create a plane part at the plane of symmetry.
The partial reflection effect is created with a partially-transparent plane at the plane of symmetry. The strength of the reflection can be adjusted by changing the opacity of the plane. The plane is 4x larger than the model extents. It can be changed on line 55 of the code.
The tool attempts to group all the newly-created copy parts into a group. In EnSight 9 this can fail and produce an error message if there are different types of parts. The rest of the tool still works in this case.
The tool attempts to account for the current symmetry state of the model. So it will correctly reflect the shuttle model for example. It may not work in all cases however. The tool can be used multiple times to reflect a reflection. In this case you may need to manually edit the symmetry of the parts to get the effect you want.
This tool was not created for a specific customer need and has not been heavily tested.
Copy selected parts; activate mirror symmetry, original instance off; use frame mode to move the copy parts to the appropriate position; create a plane using point parts at the plane of symmetry (optional)
EnSight versions: 9.2, 10.0
OS: Windows, Linux, Mac