Ever wanted to create that perfect symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern which:
- Is symmetric about the midplane of the part
- Is driven by number of instances, regardless of spacing. Let SOLIDWORKS do the math!
- Does not require sketch edits when changing between odd and even number of instances
- Has specified offsets from the edges of the part
…well, you can and here’s how!
- Place the seed feature at one end of the pattern-to-be, specifying offset from edge of part. Remember the offset (10mm in this step) as you will re-use that number in the next step.
- Create a linear pattern with settings per the picture below. Note: you must select the features to pattern before choosing the reference edge in purple. Note the re-use of the 10mm dimension, similar to step 1, to ensure that the seed and last instance both use the same offset from both edges of the part.
- Now edit the length of the part to suit:
- Finally, edit the number of pattern instances to suit. See how the pattern symmetry is maintained about the midplane of the part, regardless of number of instances, or odd/even numbers!