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About Patterning Creo Flexible Modeling Geometry
A pattern consists of multiple instances of a feature. To create a pattern, you select references to define the pattern leader, and select a pattern type to determine how the pattern instances are created.
Pattern creation methods vary depending on the pattern type. For each pattern type, you define additional items such as a direction, an area to fill, an axis, placement points, or a sketch. You can define the spacing between pattern members, and the number of pattern members.
Use the Flexible Pattern tool to create the following pattern types:
Direction—Define one or two directions to create a free-form pattern.
Axis—Define an axis to create a free-form pattern around an axis. You can also add pattern members in the radial direction toward or away from the axis.
Fill—Define an area to fill, and the shape of the pattern members within the area.
Table—Use a table to define dimension values for each pattern instance.
Curve—Define a curve for the pattern to follow, and define either the distance between pattern members or the number of pattern members.
Point—Define a pattern using geometry sketch points, geometry coordinate systems, or datum points.
The flexible pattern tool includes attachment options that help you to create a pattern even on irregular surfaces where the surfaces to which the pattern instances attach are not identical. You can select to attach or not to attach all pattern members to the model geometry. If the pattern leader is attached to the model geometry with rounds or chamfers, you can select to attach all pattern members to the geometry using rounds or chamfers of the same type and dimensions as the pattern leader.
You can exclude or include individual pattern members. You can project a pattern onto a surface for fill, point and surface pattern types.