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riido
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Optimal positioning

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04-05-2013 05:38 AM

Hi!

 

I want to place circles (all the same size) onto a confined area in a sketch so that they don't touch and that they optimally cover the area.

Can this be done with Inventor? Or AutoCAD? Or anything else for that matter?

 

Thanks!

 

Riido

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jameslovell4987
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Re: Optimal positioning

04-05-2013 05:51 AM in reply to: riido

the optimal placement of circles are out from a central circle... its the nature of the beast :smileyhappy:

 

what are the size contraints and how far apart must they be?

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-05-2013 06:02 AM in reply to: jameslovell4987

It is for LED advertisement texts. You have to position the LEDs inside letters as uniformly as possible so that the letter will be evenly bright. I use circles to signify a tested radius of an LEDs effective lighting.

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-05-2013 07:47 AM in reply to: riido

Nope.. It has been a requested feature but never implemented.

But just use an array and suppress the ones you don't need.

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 06:16 AM in reply to: riido

It's too time consuming to do it by hand on some more elaborate fonts.
Does anybody know of a different software capable of doing this and exporting the result to either AutoCAD or Inventor?

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swhite
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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 06:28 AM in reply to: riido

Are the circles all the same size, or different for each LED? And i suspect the area is not always square, rectangle or round?

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 06:33 AM in reply to: swhite

All circles are the same size for one sign.

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 07:57 AM in reply to: riido

riido wrote:

Does anybody know of a different software capable of doing this .....?


You might be able to do this in SolidWorks with Fill Pattern (quick and dirty example shown).

Fill Pattern.png

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 10:11 AM in reply to: JDMather

^^ Wonder how long solidworks has had that functionality.. that is NEAT. (and useful..I can think of a half a dozen times in the last year or so that I could have used that functionality..)

 

 

 

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Re: Optimal positioning

04-08-2013 10:45 AM in reply to: riido

No circle fill in inventor? perhaps you should look into making a fill type for what you need, but I expect it wouldn't work the same and would cut circles off where they crossed the edges.

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