Can I omit the source pattern when using the circular pattern feature?
Can you simply use the Move Face command to rotate the faces of the source features to the first pattern location and then decrease the instance count? This would only add a single feature to your tree and you would not need to go back and alter previous features.
The other option is to move the starting point, but this would further complicate the design and add unnecessary steps to the design tree. If there was a way to avoid this I would be grateful. Cheers
Great suggestion! Works perfectly, much appreciated!
If anyone has any thoughts/ideas I'd be glad to hear them.
You could use the delete face feature with patch to delete the first instance after patterning. If it is an extruded feature you are patterning, you could extrude without merging, pattern, delete the original extruded body, then combine the remaining bodies. There is no option to delete the seed in a pattern feature as far as I'm aware. Kind of doesn't make sense.
It's an extrude cut so not sure this will work but thanks anyway. Hopefully eventually the option to suppress the seed feature might crop up, fingers crossed.
That's a great question. I have no idea whether this would work in your case but I've just discovered it is indeed possible (sort of)
Before I applied the seed feature I copied the merging body, I then used geometry pattern and applied the circular pattern to the copy
here are the two bodies split apart - you would obviously delete the seed body
edit: brilliant! just seen you've got the answer, here's my way with a cut
just realised that you don't need to copy the body just create something for the cut
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