Linear Bead Pattern

Apply a Linear Bead Pattern

Use the Linear tool to apply beads in a linear pattern.

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

  2. Select the Linear 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. Right-click to exit the tool.
  • One plane of symmetry is supported. Cyclic and cyclic symmetric constraints are not 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 linear to circular 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.