When I create a circular component pattern, all the components are in the same relative orientation to the circle - i.e. rotated relative to each other. Isn't there a way to make them all parallel to each other?
The Sketch Driven Pattern will only pattern on the plane the sketch is on. In this case, you would need to move this plane.
The Curve Driven Pattern should always stay on the same plane as the seed.
You can attempt to use a Curve Driven Pattern or even a Chain Component Pattern in your assembly...
OK, I'm looking at sketch driven and curve driven patterns, and the Help file is utterly unhelpful. What should my sketch look like? Or how do I generate a useful curve?
Max, I just created an assembly level sketch circle which was used in the Curve Driven Pattern...changing the size of the circle dictates the radius of the patterned components.
Benjamin, I tried that. But the curve only extended around part of the sketched circle, between two holes. What option do you use to generate the curve? Thanks
Sketch (for sketch driven pattern) should look like just Points. I anchor those points to a separate sketch, like this:
Here's the Flange Gasket part that I use, shown as currently editing SketchPattern Sketch to show its coincident relations to the source sketch, Sketch1. I mate one set of stud, 2 nuts, and maybe 2 washers if used in plastic, then Sketch Driven Pattern to create the other stud sets, which show all the nuts facing same way.
OK, I made a sketch with points in all the places where the components should go, and the pattern generated parallel components. But they're all in the wrong plane! Where do I have to make my sketch such that the new components will be in the same plane as the seed?
That did it! Thank you all for the help.
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