Circular Pattern Tool

This function allows a features/geometry to be repeated in a circular pattern. In this function there is an Axial Reference and a Crown Definition where the user is able to alter the pattern.

 

Axial Reference

Parameter

In this tab, the user will choose the 1 of the 5 parameters to construct a circular pattern.

The 5 parameters are:

  • Instance(s) and Total Angle
  • Instance(s) and Angular Spacing
  • Angular Spacing and Total Angle
  • Complete Crown
  • Instance(s) and Unequal Angular Spacing

 

Instance(s) and Total Angle

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the angular spacing between features after the user specified the number of instances and total angle values.

 

Instance(s) and Angular Spacing

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the total angle after the user specified the number of instances and the angular spacing.

 

Angular Spacing and Total Angle

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the number of instances the feature repeats after the user specified the angular spacing and total angle.

 

Complete Crown

In this parameter mode, the program will ensure a complete crown (360°) is achieved by computing the angular spacing after the user specified the number of instances.

 

Instance(s) and unequal Angular Spacing

In this parameter mode, the user can define the number of instances and also the angular spacing between each features.

 

Crown Definition

Parameter

In this tab, there are 3 types of parameters the user can choose to define the crown

The 3 parameters are:

  • Circle(s) and Circle Spacing
  • Circle(s) and Crown Thickness
  • Circle Spacing and Crown Thickness

Before we begin explaining each of these parameter, the figure below will help you understand some of the terms used

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Circle(s) and Circle Spacing

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the crown thickness after the user specified the circle spacing and number of circles.

 

Circle(s) and Crown Thickness

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the circle spacing after the user specified the crown thickness and number of circles.

 

Circle Spacing and Crown Thickness

In this parameter mode, the program will compute the circle spacing after the user specified the crown thickness and circles.

 

Instruction

To use this function, first select the feature/geometry that needs to be replicated

Select hole

Next, click on the circular pattern icon. You might need to click on the black downward arrow beside rectangular pattern to find it

Circular pattern icon

Click on the Reference element textbox and then click on the plane parallel to the surface where the feature lies

Reference

Choose the parameters and work on it. Similar to the rectangular pattern, you can disable the some of the duplicates by clicking on the dots in the preview.

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