- Create a one point adaptive component, with a box centered on the point;
- Give the box separate width and depth parameters to control its size;
- Create the surface that you want to apply the step pattern to;
- Divide the surface and make its nodes visible
- Load and place four instances of the adaptive box on alternate nodes on two rows of nodes
- Select all 4 components and click on the Repeater command, it will generate a checkerboard pattern
- It is actually 4 separate but interlocking repeaters
- Now change the V Grid spacing so that it is half the U grid spacing (or vice versa). This will tighten the repeaters up into a step pattern
- An alternative would be to leave the U and V grid spacing the same, but change the width of the box to be double its previous width
- If you want to tidy up the edges, you may need to swap out the overhanging components for half-sized types, although they would need an additional offset parameter so that the width is not centered about the insertion point (& node).
- Start with the same divided surface but change the rotation angle of one of the grids. It seems that if you make the V Grid angle 30.95 degrees it offsets the nodes on alternating rows by half the spacing - I don't have time to figure out the maths but there must be a logical reason.
- Place just one adaptive box component onto a node
- Then repeat it
- The resulting step pattern will have gaps in it, so the width needs to be changed - in this example from 1000mm to 1200 mm