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Fill Patterns

The Fill Pattern feature lets you select an area defined by co-planar faces or a sketch that lies on co-planar faces. The command fills the defined region with a pattern of features or a predefined cut shape.

If you use a sketch for the boundary, you may need to select the pattern direction.

Parameters control the pattern layout. You can create a sheet metal perforation-style pattern, or a pattern of concentric shapes typically used to enhance aesthetics.

Typical uses include:

  • Weight reduction

  • Ventilation holes

  • Grip surfaces

Types of Fill Patterns

Perforation .

Designed for sheet metal perforation patterns.

 

 

No vertex selected. Pattern is centered on face.

Vertex selected. Pattern starts from vertex..

 

Circular , Square , Polygon . Designed for filling arbitrary areas with a pattern that repeats on a concentric grid. These patterns have similar PropertyManager options:

  • Set the spacing between concentric loops or rows (using instance centers), starting from the seed feature.

  • Define the pattern based on:

    • Spacing between instances within a loop or row (target spacing). Actual spacing can vary within each loop or row so the instances fit evenly.

    • The number of instances per loop or row.

    • Margins.

    • Pattern direction.

Circular pattern of a feature using target spacing between instances.

Circular pattern using number of instances per loop.

Polygon pattern using a sketch for fill boundary. Target spacing used. No vertex selected.

 

Predefined Cut Shapes

The predefined cut shapes available are circles , squares , diamonds , and polygons . You can control the parameters for each shape.

If you select a vertex, the shape seed feature is located at the vertex. Otherwise, the seed feature is located at the center of the fill boundary.

Diamond cut shape. Square pattern using 4 instances per side. No vertex selected.

Same parameters except vertex is selected.

To create a fill pattern:

  1. Click Fill Pattern (Features toolbar) or Insert, Pattern/Mirror, Fill Pattern.

  2. Set the PropertyManager options.

  3. Click .



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