## how to shift a point from surface?

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silent_missile
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### how to shift a point from surface?

hello, I have some problems, please give me some guidance.

here is a free surface like NURBS, and a free curve like B-Spline

they intersect, so there is an intersection point

now I need to shift this intersection point from the surface for some distance to get a new point, the law of the shift is normal to the surface at the intersection point

if I program the NIURBS algorithm, it's too complected, also python is slower than c++, so I hope FreeCAD has some api to do this, finally output the xyz coordinate value of the point

I checked the wiki but can't find the api, please tell me how to do this.
DeepSOIC
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### Re: how to shift a point from surface?

1. ubtain u,v values for your intersection point.
This can be in a return value of distToShape method, which you may be using to computer the intersection. If you are doing it somehow differently, you can obtain u,v values with u,v = a_face.Surface.parameter(point_in_3d_as_App_Vector)
2. compute the normal:

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``n = a_face.Surface.normal(u,v)``
3. compute the moved point:
p_moved = point_in_3d_as_App_Vector + n*5.5 #shift away from surface by 5.5 mm
It may be a good idea to normalize the normal vector before that, just in case.