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Alternative Method for Creating Knurling on a Cylindrical Surface

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Alternative Method for Creating Knurling on a Cylindrical Surface

I was watching the tutorial on learning connector for creating knurling on a cylindrical surface (http://learningexchange.ptc.com/tutorial/2528/create-knurling-on-a-cylindrical-surface) when I realized there is a faster method for completing this.

 

Once the initial patterned helical sweep is completed, rather than creating another idependent feature and pattern, it is possible to simply create a plane that divides the cylinder along a horizontal plane and mirror about that. Alternatively if the original extrusion is done symetric about the top plane, one can simply mirror the feature about the top plane.

 

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This will save a little time and has the added benefit of the entire knurling feature being defined by a single profile as opposed to two independent profiles.

 

I attached a video below to clarify what I mean by mirroring about the midplane.

 

Hope this helps out a few people!