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Irregular patterns requiring translation and rotation

Question asked by Alan Thomason on Jun 29, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 11, 2019 by Krzysztof Wojcik

Hi All...


When designing crankshafts and camshafts, it is pretty common to need to rotate and translate a pattern, for instance a lobe on a camshaft.  I've done this in two different ways.  The first is to make a linear pattern (say sketch driven) and then rotate the elements individually.  The other is to make sketches at each station and make the rotation in a sketch whose dimension is tied to a design table.  My new favorite is the latter, although it takes a lot of time to set up.




Am I missing an easier method?  For instance, if this table driven pattern had rotation as well as translation (although it would need a Z axis as well) I would be in good shape.

Best Regards and Thanks in Advance..