Sketch pattern

Tutorial series: Sketching fundamentals


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What you'll learn

Save time and design more precisely by leveraging sketch patterns. You can create several copies of the same sketch and space them evenly. Check out this tutorial to kickstart concepting or organize your model outline.



Let's take a look at the pattern command we have here. Double click. We have actually the linear and the circular option. We'll work with the linear, but first let's create a rectangle. There we are. Then go to pattern, double click. And now here we can specify total distance or spacing. Let's go with total distance. And then I drag.


this out a little bit. So on a total distance of 40 millimeters, I put in three or four pieces. If I change now this to spacing, I can say between these two, I would like to have 10, as you can see, that's actually not much. So there you can see actually from where to where it starts. So,


From the beginning, 10 is kind of like really touching each, 20. There we are. Go a little bit smaller. And then when we increase the number, you see more actually added to it. So that is really the difference between total distance into which we fill and amount of copies to the spacing, which essentially adds the spacing.


between each.


About the instructor


Claas Kuhnen is a German 3D designer known for his strong interdisciplinary background in product, space, and animation design. He holds an undergraduate degree in Color Design for Interior and Product Design from the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim, Germany. He further pursued his education and obtained a Masters in Fine Arts in 3D Studio Art with a focus on Jewelry Design and 3D Animation from Bowling Green State University.

As a designer, Claas Kuhnen is particularly interested in design-informed solutions and exploring the relationship between consumerism, products, and their impact on society. He engages in a wide range of projects, including furniture design, interior and exhibit design, consumer product design, and medical product design.

In his research and studio practice, Claas Kuhnen delves into the application of a modern multi-application and interdisciplinary workflow. His areas of investigation encompass parametric, generative, and subdivision surface modeling, as well as AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), photogrammetry, and AI-powered tools. He collaborates with various national and international universities and companies on research and design projects, contributing his expertise and exploring innovative approaches.

Claas Kuhnen's design projects span diverse domains. For instance, he has designed exhibit artifacts for The Henry Ford Museum, developed medical devices for the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and undertaken interior design projects that serve the community. His work showcases a keen understanding of the intersections between design, technology, and societal impact.

In addition to his design practice, Claas Kuhnen is actively involved in teaching and sharing his knowledge with students. His classroom experience is strongly influenced by his diverse research background, providing students with a modern, interdisciplinary, and competitive education.

Furthermore, Claas Kuhnen's work and techniques have been featured in exhibitions such as Autodesk University, SIGGRAPH, SOFA, and SNAG. He actively engages in educational collaboration efforts with both national and international universities and serves as a Matter Expert for leading design software companies, contributing to the advancement of design tools and methodologies.

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