chris s wrote: ↑
Tue May 08, 2018 9:34 pm
I have a part which I want to replicate as a polar pattern, but as it is not a feature on a part I cant use the polar pattern feature or can I?
Good day Chris,
That's a good question, I've had various degree of success trying to create a solid from a radial pattern of shapes that should result in a solid. I think the problem is that the Part-design WP tool does not work very well with parallel faces and it will let you do it some time but not consistently. A way to do it is, if you can model the whole external shape first, then carve the repeated holes inside, it should work.
The doc for the tool refers the this limitation on the mirrored feature (https://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/PartDesign_Mirrored
The Mirrored feature cannot mirror a whole solid body.
It's regrettable that we have to use a tool from another WB and create a mess in the object tree when it would be so nice to just stay in the part-design workflow and have a single body.
I made a small test and the polar pattern worked on the whole body. You can change the number of slice from the spreadsheet and the sketch & pattern will follow. So I guess you can try it?
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