The first step is to plan the model. My approach is to make triangular petal object using the Generic Model Adaptive family template. This will be loaded and placed in a Pattern-based panel with a hexagon type, using mirrored pairs of petals This looks like a cloverleaf. This will be added to a divided surface defined using a Mass object. Good practice is to start simple and add complexity. Eventually I want the petal pairs to fold gently upward.
PetalYou must create an armature for constructing the shape of the petal. Think of this as scaffolding for construction. In the film industry, this is known as “rigging”.
Upon opening the Generic Model Adaptive, create a triangle of adaptive points. It does not matter where one draws the triangle, but it usually helps to draw it approximately the size that you anticipate using in the final.
Trace a chain of reference lines connecting the points to make a triangle. Create a random set of point objects, and then use Pick New Host to place them on the reference lines.
Flex the model by using a 3D view to drag the hexagon vertices up and down. The petals should deform to move up and down with each vertex independent.
Reload the model into the mass to test the offset point.
If everything looks fine, go back to the cloverleaf family. Add five more reference points in the same way. I arranged the reference points so that there are two over the first adaptive point, two over the third adaptive point, and two over the fifth adaptive point. These will be the edges of the petals, while the spines of the petals go through the second, fourth, and sixth points.
Changing the fold dimension
However, since I am able to make the design that I wanted, I will ignore the brittleness of the model.