I have three sets of Instances on Points, where the “Points” are the midpoints of the main geometry edges (Mesh to Points node > Edges).
All three sets of Instances are now successfully oriented along the edges of the main geometry, exactly as I want them to be, thanks to this answer: https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/303976/166883
The Geometry Nodes setup that I’ve laid out according to the above answer also dynamically orients the Instances along the Edges of the main geometry, even when the main geometry is distorted. That is perfect.
Now the next step is to have two of my sets of Instances act as “caps” to the central Instances centered along the main geometry Edge.
In other words, no matter how long or short the main geometry’s Edges are, and no matter how I distort them, I want the “cap” instances to:
Continue to be dynamically oriented along the Edges as they currently are, but also Dynamically stay a uniform/fixed specified distance from the Edge Vertices, no matter how long or short individual main geometry Edges become, or are distorted to be. I’d like to be able to say: Set all “caps” to a distance of 0.25m or 1m from the Edge Vertices.
I don’t want to alter the setup of having the Instances on (Edge) Points, because it’s working, and I think doing what I want to do likely involves a pretty simple vector math trick added to the current Geometry Node arrangement. Nevertheless I can’t quite figure it out with my rudimentary vector math knowledge, and would love a little help.
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The current geometry nodes arrangement. The current behavior... And clarifying the dynamicness I'm hoping for...