About Directionbased Patterning
Directionbased and axisbased patterning use a distance relative to a reference and not an inherent dimension in the feature to develop the pattern. This is similar to patterns created by using the coordinate systembased method. That method of patterning creates patterns that combine translations and rotations. In this case, the tool path being patterned has no underlying dimensions. Therefore, this method copies the tool path to the locations identified by the translations and rotations.
You can use the following directionbased patterning methods:
• Translation in first direction
• Translation in the first and second direction
• Rotation in first direction—Equivalent to a single direction axis pattern.
• Rotation in the first and second directions—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern with rotations in the first and second direction.
• Singledirection, coordinate system offset—You must specify the X, Y, and Zoffsets of the reference coordinate system to create a single direction pattern along a vector in space.
• Two direction, coordinate system offset—You must specify the X, Y, and Zoffsets of the reference coordinate system in both the first and second direction.

The last two methods are equivalent to a coordinate system pattern. In these methods, the reference is a coordinate system. You can also use a machine coordinate system or an NC sequence coordinate system as a reference.

Additionally, you can use twodirection combinations for the directionbased patterning methods:
• TranslateRotate—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern with a single translation in the first direction and rotation in the second direction.
• TranslateCoordinate system offset—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern with a single translation in the first direction and an offset from a coordinate system in up to 3 orthogonal axes for the second direction.
• RotateTranslate—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern with a rotation in the first direction and a single translation in the second direction.
• RotateCoordinate system offset—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern with a rotation in the first direction and an offset from a coordinate system in up to 3 orthogonal axes for the second direction.
• Coordinate system offsetTranslate—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern in which the first direction is offset from a coordinate system in up to 3 orthogonal axes while the second direction is a translation in a single direction.
• Coordinate system offsetRotate—Equivalent to a coordinate system pattern in which the first direction is offset from a coordinate system in up to 3 orthogonal axes while the second direction is a rotation about a selected axis.