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Patterns in 3D Sketches

Question asked by Dave Gage on May 10, 2012
Latest reply on May 10, 2012 by Dave Gage

Hello all,

 

So I've been doing some research, and it doesn't seem like you can pattern sketch elements in a 3D sketch.  I'm trying to patten multiple complicated sketch elements in both the x and y directions, my only solution was to copy, paste, and align the axis either the y or x axis (depending on the direction of the pattern), manually add the desired pattern distance to either the x or y direction, then copy and past the z dimensions.  This is very a very cumbersome technique, and it is only a matter of time before someone makes a mistake using this method.  Is there any better way to quickly and precisely pattern sketch elements in a 3D sketch?

 

In the picture below, the blue circles are the components of the 3D sketch that I would like to pattern.  The yellow surfaces are the surfaces in which the centers of the circles are located, as you can see this is not something that is easy to manually replicate.  The red circles are other planar sketches that I have already patterned.  (For a better view, I have attached the image file "3D Sketch.JPG")

Thanks,3D Sketch.JPG

 

 

Dave

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