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How to Repeat a Solid to Create a Textured Surface?

Question asked by John Weiss on Jan 6, 2020
Latest reply on Jan 7, 2020 by Jeff Wygum

Is it possible to "paint" a solid object repeated many times, to generate a surface made of many copies of the same, automatically?

 

For example, could i take a 3D cone:

 

And easily paint many of them across a surface, evenly spaced:

 

My goal is create knurling using a manually-modelled cone. (The 3D texture tool doesn't produce clean results).

 

I think Adobe Illustrator can do something like this with 2D objects. 

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