Free Morph

Use the Free tool to morph mesh by moving nodes, faces, edges, and shapes or by mapping to geometry.

  1. From the Morph ribbon, click the Free tool.

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  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define morphing options.
  3. Select the node(s), face(s), edge(s), or shape(s) to move.
    By default, the Free tool automatically determines and selects anchor nodes and morph area elements based on the shape of the model connected to the moving nodes. Both are fully recalculated after each moving entity is either appended or deselected to allow for faster consecutive morphs with less manual selection, and more intuitive local morphing. This feature is enabled by default and can be turned off by deselecting the Automatic checkbox.
  4. Morph the mesh in the following ways:
    • When selecting nodes, faces, or edges: Move entities freely using the Move tool (see manipulator options below).
      • The position of the Move tool is set at the center of the selected entities. Selecting new entities updates the position of the Move tool. Double-click the Move tool to reposition it manually.
      • The position of the normal offset arrow is set at the center of the selected entities. Click anywhere on the selected entities to reposition the offset arrow to that location.
    • When selecting shapes: Move entities freely along the selected shape using the shape magnitude arrow. The magnitude is in the form of a multiplying factor with respect to the selected shape.
      • The position of the shape magnitude arrow is set at the center of the selected shape. Click anywhere on the selected shape to reposition the offset arrow to that location
    • Activate the Targets selector and select target geometry or mesh to map to, then use the microdialog to execute the morph and adjust available mapping options.

      Deselect targets to move nodes freely again.

  5. Optional: Manually select anchor nodes and elements that make up the morph area by activating the corresponding selector on the guide bar then making your selection.