Shrink your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree using the Variable Pattern

Article by Rod Mackay updated March 8, 2021


The Variable Pattern can be considered the most powerful “macro-feature” in SOLIDWORKS. It can help to reduce the FeatureManager Design Tree of complex parts by a factor of 10 or more; it is the only pattern feature that accepts as input: 2D Sketches, 3D Sketches, Planes, Axes, Reference Points and Features.

Here’s what you will learn in this session:

In this presentation you will see real-life case studies where the SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern eliminated the need for manually creating hundreds of sketches, planes and features. In one case, in particular, the Variable Pattern was the only possible solution for creating a parametric model, highly adaptable to design intent changes.

Meet the expert: Alin Vargatu – Senior Training and Process Consultant at Javelin Technologies

Alin Vargatu

If you were not able to attend 3DEXPERIENCE World in February, we’ve got you covered. Over the next couple of months, Alin Vargatu – Senior Training and Process Consultant at Javelin, will be presenting his sessions live!

  • Author of the Large Assembly and Drawings Training Workshop
  • 31x Presenter at SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE World
  • Avid contributor of SOLIDWORKS community, founder of the SOLIDWORKS Power User Challenges
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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.