"Shankar Venkateswaran" wrote in message news: firstname.lastname@example.org... : Hi there, : Recently I have started working on wildfire. The question is about : patterning. In 2001 I create a reference datum plane after selecting : the sketching plane or use move.
This sounds more like preparations during feature creation to make the feature patternable. This stays the same in Wildfire. What is different is two things: first, the selection process, using preselection (as a graphical query select) followed by select and then, often, the action to perform, selected by right mouse button interactive menu or 'Insert' or 'Edit' menus. In the case of the pattern, select the feature to be patterned, either onscreen or with the model tree, then you should notice the pattern icon become available. Click the pattern icon and the second new feature of Wildfire enters the picture, namely, the Dashboard as a line or two of icons and input boxes above the graphics window. The boxes marked Items are collection panes: click in one to select the first pattern driving dimension and select the first patternable dimension, then enter a number for the pattern elements; do the same with the second Items collection pane for a second patternable dimension, should you need one. Click the green check mark and you're done.
You'll notice the default pattern type is the dimension driven pattern. If you click the arrow on the type box, you'll see others, such as Table and Fill. The fill pattern lets you select or create a boundary with edges or curves, give the area a boundary or border and then fill the area with the feature to pattern in any of several different configurations. The table driven pattern can be created from your dimension or fill pattern, the table edited or read from disk, and used to drive feature patterning. Taken together, this marks a huge advance in functionality and ease of use in patterning.