End Draw Types and Connector Breakpoints

Garrett Tice

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Ever get fed up with connector breakpoints and what each line actually controls? Check out the diagram below with an explanation of each rectangular break-point line, and what they are actually doing. The following setup is for a rectangular connector using the "Coupling Plate" end draw type.

Gasket- This value physically separates two connected items

Horizontal Inset- Will inset the connector on the horizontal plane by the value input here. If 4 is input, 2 from each side will be removed.

Length- Determines how far the connector extends back into or away from the duct. This value can also be used to simulate Slip Joints. A positive number input here will extend the connector away from the duct. A negative value will bring the connector into the duct.

Thickness- This line can be used to raise the connector away from the duct body. This is useful when Shading or rendering to get proper separation between Duct and connector faces.

Vertical Width- This line will apply to the vertical side of the duct. Use this in unison with "Thickness" to get a frame around all 4 sides of your duct at the connector end. (if Width Values and thickness are input)
NOTE: There is another option within your connector breakpoints window labeled "Sides" When set to all, all sides will be affected. When set to none, no sides will be affected. This holds true for all of the different options within the "Side" drop down.

Stay tuned as the FAB team will be posting an additional breakpoints blog entry for all of the Rectangular End Draw Types