Patterns on a curved surface?
How do I put a pattern on a curved surface so that each element of the pattern is parallel to the curved surface? I cant figure it out, would it be a curve driven pattern? Anyone know of any good tutorials for reproducing similar forms? Thanks!!!!!
I created a tool for Inventor that does that precisely, here a link to my work
The easiest way to do it is to use the holewizard to create your "seed feature" (the pattern that is going to repeat) and then use a linear pattern or a curve driven pattern (depending on the geometry) to fill in the part. Then you can use the holewizard to fill in any gaps. The reason I would use the holewizard is that it allows you to quickly create multiple cuts that remain Normal to the surface no matter where you place the reference point.