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Geonets

A geonet is a network in a network. Other modular software programs sometimes refer to it as subnetworks or subpatches. Geonet derives from geometry network and is in fact pretty much the same as a normal network in NodeBox.

The idea is that you create a new network, and thus a new geometry, inside a node. You can start a geonet by creating a Geonet node. The principle of geonets allows you to have a cleaner network and is in fact an easy way to create new nodes without any code juggling.

Creating Geonets

Let’s try making a gear node.

Geonet Gear

Create a Geonet node. Give the node a new name by clicking the default name. A textwindow will appear. Enter gear.

Click on the geonet and press the ENTER key. You should see the address bar above the viewer pane change into this:

Geonet Gear Address Bar

All other panes should be empty, in fact everything looks as if you would start a new file.

  • Create an Ellipse node. Leave it at it’s default.
  • Create a Star node. Change Points to 6, Outer Diameter to 150.00 and Inner Diameter to 70.00.
  • Create a Compound node. Change Function to intersect.
  • Connect ellipse1 to shape port of compound1.
  • Connect star1 to shapeB port of compound1.
  • Create an Ellipse node. Change Width to 40.00 and Height to 40.00.
  • Create a Compound node and change Function to Difference.
  • Connect compound1 to shape port of compound2.
  • Connect ellipse2 to shapeB port of compound2.

Rendering the compound2 node should end up with this:

Geonet Inside Gear

Go back to the root network by pressing the root tab in the address bar.

Parent - Child Relation.

In order to avoid going in and outside the network for every alteration we can create parameters for the node and refer to it in the geonet over a parent-child relation. Let’s implement 2 parameters:

  • a points parameter which will change the amount of teeth in the gear.
  • a color parameter to give it color.

Click on the gear node and press the Metadata button in the Parameters pane. A new window will appear which allows you to create a new parameter. Press the little ”+” button on the lower left corner of the metadata window. Select Parameter and name it points. You can change some settings on the right side of the metadata window. Set Type to Int. Close the window. You should see a parameter called points with a numeric widget in the parameter pane.

Do the same procedure once more. Create a parameter called fill and set it’s Type to Color. Let’s implement these new variables in the geonetwork.

  • Click on the gear node and open it by pressing the ENTER key.
  • Click on star1 and set Points to the expression:
    parent.points
    Press Enter. This new expression calls for the number of points in the parameter we’ve created before.
  • Click on compound2 and set Fill to the expression:
    parent.fill
    Press Enter and leave this node as the rendered node.
  • Return to the root network.

Geonet Gear Params

Try out

  • Create a few variations on the gear node. Copy paste the whole node and change some settings.
  • Implement a variable for dimensions of the gear.
  • Read the copy stamping page and try to implement it on this gear example. Create a grid of 4 * 4 gears with difference in size, color and teeth.

Geonets Gear Advanced

House Geonet

The next example builds a house in a geonet and will create a parameter for the dimension of the house.

Geonet House

We start with a basic house: walls and a roof. We take away part of the walls as a door.

  • Create a Rect node and leave it at it’s default.
  • Create a Polygon node. Change Y to -60.00, Radius to 80.00 and toggle on the Align button.
  • Create a Compound node. Leave it at default. Connect rect1 to shape port and polygon1 to shapeB.
  • Create a Rect node. Change X to 15.00, Y to 30.00, Width to 30.00 and Height to 65.00
  • Create a Compound node. Change Function to difference and give it a Strokewidth of 1.00. Connect compound1 to shape port and rect2 to shapeB port.
  • Create a Fit node and connect compound2 to it. Keep fit1 the rendered node and go back to the root network.

Geonet House Inside

Now add a parameter called size by clicking the metadata button. Set Type to Float. You should see it appear in the parameter pane. Drag the widget to 40.00 and ENTER the geonet again.

In fit1 node set Width to the expression:

parent.size
Enter and go back to the root network.

Try out

  • Create a small landscape as shown in the picture above. Use a Freehand node for the landscape and a Shape on Path node to distribute the houses on the template from freehand.
  • Read the copy stamping page and try to implement different sizes for all houses.