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Modifying entities - Copying entities

Arraying entities

You can copy an entity in a rectangular or polar (circular) pattern, creating an array. For a rectangular array, you control the number of copies in the array by specifying the number of rows and columns. You also specify the distance between each row and column. For a polar array, you control the number of copies that compose the array and whether to rotate the copies.

To create a polar array
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Modify > Array.
  3. On the Modify toolbar, click the Array tool (
  4. ).
  • Type array and then press Enter.
  • In the Array dialog box, choose Polar Array.
  • Next to Center Point, do one of the following:
  • Enter an X value and a Y value for the center point of the polar array.
  • Click the pick Center point button
  • . The array dialog box closes and progeCAD prompts for object selection. Use the pointing device to specify the center point of the polar array.
  1. Choose Select Objects
  2. .
  • The Array dialog box closes and progeCAD prompts for object selection.
  • Select the objects to be arrayed.
  • In the Method combo box, select one of the following methods:
  • Number of elements and total angle.
  • Number of elements and angle between elements.
  • Total angle and angle between elements.
  • Enter the number of elements, including the original object if available.
  • Use one of the following methods:
  • Enter the Total angle
  • and Angle between elements , if available. Total angle specifies the distance to fill around the circumference of the array. Angle between elements specifies the distance between each item.
  • Click the Total angle button and Angle between elements button and use the pointing device to specify the total angle and the angle between items.
  • Select Rotate objects, to rotate the objects as they are arrayed.
  • Choose OK to create the array.
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    To create a polar array, select the entity to copy ( A ), specify the center point of the array ( B ), and then specify the number of items to array, the angle the array is to fill, and whether to rotate the items.

To create a rectangular array
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Modify > Array.
  3. On the Modify toolbar, click the Array tool (
  4. ).
  • Type array and then press Enter.
  • In the Array dialog box, choose Rectangular Array.
  • Choose Select Objects
  • .
  • The Array dialog box closes and progeCAD prompts for object selection.
  • Select the objects to be arrayed and then press Enter.
  • In the Rows and Columns boxes, enter the number of rows and columns in the array.
  • Specify the horizontal and vertical spacing (distances) between objects by using one of the following methods:
  • In the Row distance and Column distance boxes, enter the distance between rows and between columns. Adding a plus sign (+) or a minus sign (-) determines direction.
  • Click the pick Both distances button
  • to use the pointing device to specify the diagonal corners of a cell in the array. The cell determines the vertical and horizontal spacing of the rows and columns.
  • Click the pick Row distance
  • or pick Column distance button to use the pointing device to specify the horizontal and vertical spacing.
  1. To change the rotation angle of the array, enter the new angle next to Series Angle.
  2. The default angle 0 direction setting can also be changed in UNITS.
  3. Choose OK to create the array.
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To create a rectangular array, select the entity to copy ( A ), type the number of rows and columns, and then specify the distance between each row ( B ) and column ( C ).