New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Equal Spacing Option for Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry [VIDEO]

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated October 9, 2014


How often do you need to add a linear pattern to fill a length with a specific number of instances?  Or perhaps you need to fill a length with specific spacing, but you need it to automatically determine the number of instances that are required?

In the past, we would use the Curve Driven Pattern feature to follow a sketch line and choose the “Equal Spacing” option to fill the length with instances.  Or we would create equations to control the number of instances to add, at a specific spacing,  based on the length.

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2015, both scenarios can be accomplished automatically in the updated Linear Pattern feature.  The “Selected Reference” option gives you more control for those asymmetric profiles.

SolidWorks 2015 - Linear Pattern - Up to Reference

SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Linear Pattern – Up to Reference

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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