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Creating an Annular snap-fit ratchet like object in geometry nodes.

I'm having trouble selecting and moving the desired edges toward the center using geometry nodes.

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This is how I'm trying to get the teeth to look like.

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My thoughts where to:

  1. Use modulo to select the edges.
  2. Use the Align Euler to Vector node with a Set Position node to have all the ratchet edges point towards the center.

Please note: This will be 3D printed to fit the dimensions of the object called annular outline The reason I'm creating this in geometry nodes is that it needs to be procedural. A lot of different sizes will be tested.

See attached Blend file below:

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you need to modify this very often so you want to keep it procedural? If not I'm not sure why you want to create something with Geometry Nodes which can be easily modeled, since you need to convert it all into real geometry for 3D printing anyway... $\endgroup$ May 5, 2023 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ @GordonBrinkmann Yes it does need to be procedural. A lot of different sizes will be tested. $\endgroup$
    – Rick T
    May 5, 2023 at 10:02

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I'm not entirely sure from your post/file how you want your ratchet-surface to be melded with the existing ring. But it's maybe worth noting that a ratchet-profile is a Curve Primitive > Star with a twist of pi/number of teeth...

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Which, if some variation is used as a subgroup, may save a few nodes when constructing this component.

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