Circular Bead Pattern

Apply a Circular Bead Pattern

Use the Circular tool to apply beads in a circular pattern.

Beads are used to help meet specific design requirements such as stiffness when running a topography optimization on a surface.
  1. On the Structure ribbon, select the Bead Patterns tool on the Structure ribbon.

    Tip: To find and open a tool, press Ctrl+F. For more information, see Find and Search for Tools.
  2. Select the Circular tool on the secondary ribbon.

  3. Select a surface.
    A set of three orthogonal planes appears around the selected part.
  4. Select one of the three transparent planes as the plane of symmetry.
    The selected plane is shown in blue.
  5. Left-click to exit editing mode. Select the part again to apply a second plane of symmetry.
  6. Right-click to exit the tool.
  • Two planes of symmetry are supported.
  • If you have a bead pattern applied, you can apply a single draw, but not a split draw or extrusion.

Microdialog Options

Use the options in the microdialog to change the type of bead pattern or its placement.

  • Apply Bead Pattern: Change the bead pattern from circular to linear or radial.
  • Rotate 90 Degrees: Rotate the orientation of the bead pattern 90 degrees.
  • Move Bead Pattern: Translate or rotate the bead pattern using the Move tool.
  • Align to Part: Align the bead pattern to the selected part(s).
  • Align to Global: Align the bead pattern to the global axes.