Occasionally I get requests for exercises that are not part of our normal training program, but are beneficial nonetheless. This one comes from desire of our Inventor Advanced Part and Introduction to Solid Modeling students wanting to do more with Patterns but not finding their obvious choice in the Rectangular Pattern command. Personally, I believe this command to be a misnomer like most advanced users. After you complete this exercise you will be able to understand how these advanced patterns can be created and gain a deeper perspective on the command.
Inventor's Rectangular Feature Pattern contains advanced options for complicated patterns of geometry including curve driven patterns based on curve length, distance, and spacing along a curve. The Curve Length option uses the length of the path geometry (e.g., line, spline) as the total distance between the first and last occurrence coupled with more complex sketches this type of Pattern is quite powerful.
You can learn more about this command and more in one of our Inventor training classes or Manufacturing webcasts:
Until next time, may your pattern curve in the right direction!
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