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studded pattern on a lofted surface

Question asked by Brock Robertson on Jun 23, 2008
Latest reply on Jun 25, 2008 by 1-9C36HC
sorry if this is an obvious answer to my question, but i am just getting into solidworks08.

I have a lofted surface, in which i need to place a pattern of studs, a linear pattern down the "centerline" of the lofted surface, and then i want to replicate that 'center pattern of studs' radially, so i cover the whole surface with domed studs.

attached is my screenshot of what i have. the highlighted row of circles is in the sketch "stud locations". part of the design tree is in the SS.

now what i have figured out is how to build each one individually. sketch the outline, split the surface, sketch the direction vector, then dome the surface.


I know through other models i have created that solidworks is way to powerful of a tool, and that there has to be an easier way. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?