Creating a Variable Pattern

To create a variable pattern across a planar or nonplanar surface:

  1. In a part document, click Variable Pattern (Features toolbar) or Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Variable Pattern .
    To pattern a feature to be normal to a nonplanar surface, the feature or dependent sketch must have at least one reference to that surface.
  2. In the PropertyManager, for Features to Pattern , select the features to pattern in the graphics area or flyout FeatureManager design tree.
  3. To vary the dimensions of upstream parent features and sketches that the patterned feature is dependent on, for Reference geometry to drive seeds , select the features or sketches in the flyout FeatureManager design tree.
  4. Click Create Pattern Table.
  5. In the graphics area, select the dimensions to vary in the pattern instances.
    You must select a dimension for each body-creating feature to be patterned, even if no dimensions vary. For body-modifying features, such as fillets, you do not need to select a dimension.
  6. In the pattern table, for Number of instances to add , type a value and press Enter.
  7. Edit the pattern table or paste table data from a spreadsheet into the pattern table.
  8. Click OK.
  9. In the PropertyManager, click .