Creating User-Defined Patterns

The User Pattern command lets you duplicate a cutout, a stamp, or any other feature as many times as you wish at the locations of your choice.
Locating instances consists in specifying anchor points. These points are sketches.


In the Generative Sheetmetal Design workbench, you can only duplicate flanges, walls, walls on edges, cutouts, holes, mirrors, stamps (except stiffening ribs), stamps without fillet (radius=0) and Generative Sheetmetal Design patterns.
  These features must lie on a unique and planar wall.

For the SheetMetal Design workbench, open the UserPatterns1.CATPart document.
For the Generative Sheetmetal Design workbench, open the NEWUserPatterns1.CATPart document.

  1. Select the feature to be duplicated.

    Here we selected the cutout. 
  2. Click User Pattern .

    The User Pattern Definition dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select 'Sketch 3' in the specification tree and click Preview.

    The sketch contains the points you need to locate the duplicated cutouts.
    By default, the application positions each instance with respect to the center of gravity of the element to be duplicated. To change this position, use the anchor field: click the anchor field and select a vertex or a point.
  4. Click inside the Anchor field and select the point (Point.1) to indicate a new reference location.

  5. You can then click the points corresponding to the pattern instances to be removed.

    A cutout located on an edge cannot be duplicated inside a wall.
  6. Click OK in the User Pattern Definition dialog box.

    Cutouts are created at the points of the sketch.
    Would you need to unfold the part using Fold/Unfold , you would notice that the pattern is updated.
    (Reference information specific to the Generative Sheetmetal Design workbench)
    • When you duplicate a pattern of flange, the edge of the flange spine and its instances have to be tangent to the wall edge: you cannot choose a direction of patterning not parallel to the flange spine.
    • All instances of the flange pattern must lie on the same face as the flange pattern.