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Circular Pattern in Polygons
show user profile  JamesIzzard
Hi All
Just a quick question really - Coming from an engineering background I mainly use Autodesk Inventor. It has a nice feature which patterns a geometrical feature around an axis a specified number of times.
For example if you were to model a flower, you could just do one and then pattern the petals around the axis down the centre of the flower.
In max I have been copying the feature off as an element and then rotating it and reattaching it. Seems a bit time consuming - is there a rotate pattern feature I am missing?
Can't find anything about it on tinterweb.
Many Thanks
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7/26/2012 11:16:32 AM (last edit: 7/26/2012 11:16:32 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
tools / array

There is also a path array tool and the spacing tool.

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7/26/2012 11:21:23 AM (last edit: 7/26/2012 11:24:34 AM)
show user profile  JamesIzzard
Many Thanks
Just the ticket.

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7/26/2012 11:37:02 AM (last edit: 7/26/2012 11:37:02 AM)
show user profile  Garp
If I understand how you proceeded with your example, do not copy then rotate. Shift-rotate the petal (it needs to be an object, not an element) and you can enter the number of copies.
Furthermore you can enable angle snap (shortcut A) to get a precise rotation.

Holding shift when transforming an object lets you make clones of it and applies the transform incrementally to each clone. For simple scenarios it's faster than the array tool.

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7/26/2012 11:59:23 AM (last edit: 7/26/2012 11:59:23 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark

What I should have said.

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7/26/2012 12:41:16 PM (last edit: 7/26/2012 12:41:16 PM)
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