How to create an Equally Spaced SOLIDWORKS Pattern

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated October 17, 2011

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If you’ve wanted to create an Equally Spaced SOLIDWORKS Pattern over a set distance, you may have noticed that there is no option for this in the Linear Pattern tool.  You need to calculate the distance between each instance so the last one ends up in the correct position.

As an alternative, why not use a SOLIDWORKS Curve Driven Pattern with two straight construction lines.  This type of pattern does have an equal spacing option.

In the example below, I’ve added 2 construction lines in the Hole Wizard Positions sketch.  Note that you cannot add a point directly on the intersection so place it just beside and then drag it on.

Curve Driven Pattern

SOLIDWORKS  Curve Driven Pattern

Then “Show” this sketch and select the 2 lines as the Curve Driven Pattern directions.  You have the “Instances to Skip” option as well.

SOLIDWORKS Curve Driven Pattern Instances

SOLIDWORKS Curve Driven Pattern Instances

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.