Distance on a Curve from a Point

Windows only

## Problem

How do you create a point that is a given distance from another point, where the distance is to be measured along the curve?

## Solution

The problem can be easily solved by using RhinoScript’s `CurveArcLengthPoint`

function. The `CurveArcLengthPoint`

function returns the point on the curve that is a specified arc length from the start of the curve. By first determining the distance of the known point from the start of the curve, you can then determine how far to offset another point.

For example:

```
Option Explicit
Sub OffsetPointOnCurve
' Select the curve
Dim crv : crv = Rhino.GetObject("Select curve", 4)
If IsNull(crv) Then Exit Sub
' Select a point on the curve to offset from
Dim pt : pt = Rhino.GetPointOnCurve(crv, "Select point on curve")
If IsNull( pt) Then Exit Sub
' Specify the offset distance
Dim dist : dist = Rhino.GetReal("Distance to offset point")
If IsNull(dist) Then Exit Sub
' Get the closest point on the curve from the test point
Dim t : t = Rhino.CurveClosestPoint(crv, pt)
' Get the curve's domain
Dim d : dom = Rhino.CurveDomain(crv)
' Get the total length of the curve
Dim l : l = Rhino.CurveLength(crv)
' Determine the length from the start of the curve to the test point
Dim ls : ls = Rhino.CurveLength(crv,,Array(Dom(0),t))
' Offset a point in each direction
Rhino.AddPoint Rhino.CurveArcLengthPoint(crv, ls + dist, True)
Rhino.AddPoint Rhino.CurveArcLengthPoint(crv, l - ls + dist, False)
' Add the test point for reference
Rhino.AddPoint pt
End Sub
```