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combining linear and circular component pattern

Question asked by Elvira Thonhofer on Dec 7, 2011

Hi all,

I was wondering: is there a way to sort of combine a circular with a linear component pattern? I would like to pattern a component along a cylinder, more precisely along a helix on that cylinder (but I can not insert a helix curve on my cylinder, since it is an assembly of bent plates) with a certain angular distance, say every 30deg, and a certain linear distance (measured along the axis of the cylinder), say every 1m.

The final result would look something like a spiral staircase.


I understand that there is a workaround that involves a lot of skipped instances...