SOLIDWORKS Sketch Driven Pattern

Gotta pattern something in SOLIDWORKS? Reduce your effort with a Sketch Driven Pattern!

A SOLIDWORKS Sketch Driven Pattern is a great way to control instance locations, but did you know you can use the same sketch for both the instances AND the feature?  You can!  To demonstrate, we’re going to dive into the universe of one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels and movies, “2001: A Space Odyssey”: Science teams have located a monolith here: To study it further, we’ll attempt to bore holes in it thus: In order to minimize the sketching, we’ll create a single sketch that includes both the hole (represented by circle) AND the patterned instance locations (represented by sketch points): Next, we’ll create a cut-extrude with that sketch.  And then we’ll create a sketch-driven pattern that references the cut-extrude AND its sketch!  So basically, one sketch to rule them all (that’s yet another book/movie reference)!  With the sketch-driven pattern, every sketch point will result in another patterned instance…

Read More...

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 or Variable Patterns.  However the three types of SOLIDWORKS Sketch Patterns will produce different outcomes depending on how the original feature was created. An example pattern definition Here is an example of a round piece with a slot cutout.  I want to pattern this slot in various locations as X and Y values with respect to the origin. There are two dimensions controlling the X and Y directions with respect to the origin.  But I also made the center construction line of the slot to be coincident to the origin so it remains aligned. Now I’ll need to choose one of the SOLIDWORKS Sketch Patterns. SOLIDWORKS Sketch…

Read More...

Want to become a SOLIDWORKS Expert?

Take a LIVE Online Training Course from Javelin