What is the best practice for patterning? I usually try and use a Plane and an up to point... but i was wondering if there are better alternatives. Thanks in advance.
It all depends on what you are patterning. Are you talking in a part, sketch or assembly?
As Brad Meador indicated, it's difficult to answer without more information. I've been using this software for 10 years and I don't think I've ever used the workflow you described.
Glenn Schroeder I am in the same boat. I have never used that specific workflow in the almost 12yrs.
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Since you're talking about using planes then I assume you're talking about assembly patterns or possibly body/feature patterns in a part.
In general, I try to use the following guidelines:
The best way to learn patterns is to go through every type of patterning, and click all the option boxes, and make them work. Experiment with each type of pattern and find the points where it stops working. Read the Help on every option, and (of course I'd say this) read all the stuff in my books about patterning. Experimentation and curiosity are the best ways to learn. You would be surprised all of the things you can get patterns to do, and you might be surprised where they have limitations.
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