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Copy a "feature" on a part

BluchipBluchip Member Posts: 11 ✭✭
Pretty much a green horn here. I tried searching for solution in previous discussions but have found nothing yet so I apologize if this has been plowed before.
I am working on a sheetmetal part. It has circular dimples at various locations that are not linear, circular, or symmetrically placed. I created one dimple using a sketch point and then used a combination of revolve adding and removing and then blends added. The central fastener hole was then added with the hole tool. There are quite a few of these dimples for this part.
Is there a way to simply "copy" the dimple to other sketch points?
Also, this dimple was created on a flat surface. This part has same dimples on a curved surface. Thoughts on how to project them to that curved surface? 


  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,141 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 3
    Try to use this Transform pattern feature with feature pattern option selecting the whole set of features defining your element
  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 413 PRO
    @konstantin_shiriazdanov makes legit features. I use Transform pattern all the time.

  • BluchipBluchip Member Posts: 11 ✭✭

    PERFECT! I was unaware of that tool. Loaded it and success. Thank you for the solution.
    Now comes the second part of my question:
    As shown below, I was able to transform the dimple features on faces that are flat. Now I need to put a similar dimple on the curved surface. It is not a constant radius it was created by a spline passing thru ordinates. So how would I "project" these dimple from a plane above this surface or ???

  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,141 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You should have some method of defining locations of these dimples, and the preferred approach of patterning depends on the locating method - maybe simple curve feature pattern is ok, but maybe you need to locate each independently, or with respect to mating part.  It all depends on your design intent.
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