SOLIDWORKS Pattern

Shrink your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree using the Variable Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern

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,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Component Pattern Synchronize Options

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 are Synchronize options for the configuration of a component pattern, for instance if we need components to be all the same configuration. When patterning components in a SOLIDWORKS assembly, there have for many years been options to vary the configuration of…

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Create and Edit Component Patterns in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Large Design Review Mode

SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review Pattern

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can create assembly component patterns in the Large Design Review Mode. The patterns that can be created include linear and circular component pattern. Also, other component patterns including pattern driven pattern and sketch driven pattern can be edited in the…

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SOLIDWORKS Pattern Failing? Try the Geometry Pattern option!

SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern

What is this strange SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern checkbox?  More importantly, why is my pattern failing with no explanation given?  These two things might be related.  Try changing the state of the checkbox and see what happens!  Worst case, the pattern still fails.  But sometimes, the…

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Setting up a SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern

There are a lot of great demos out there of what the SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern (introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2015) can do, but not very many that show how to do it. In this video, I will show you how to create a Variable Pattern with…

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch vs Table vs Variable Patterns

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Patterns

There are several methods to pattern a profile in “random” locations.  The advantage is that an update to the original seed feature will update all the instances.  In this blog post I’ll show an example of a pattern that could use Sketch Driven, Table Driven…

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Using a Global Variable for the Number of Instances in a SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern [VIDEO]

If you have been using SOLIDWORKS for some time you may agree with me that using global variables and equations can save a lot of time. It is easy to make a variable and link it to a dimension. Well at least most of the time….

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SOLIDWORKS Hatch Pattern Customization

SOLIDWORKS has a good amount of standard hatch patterns that you can use in your drawings. But there are some occasions that you may need to customize some of those standard hatch patterns or even make your own one. Now the question is…how do you modify or create…

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Mirror SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal with Flat Pattern

Sheet metal is mirrored as any other SOLIDWORKS part by selecting a face and using the Insert > Mirror Part command. The option ‘Break Link to Original Part’ determines if the mirrored sheet metal will include flat pattern.

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