Hide Table of Contents

Cosmetic Pattern PropertyManager

The cosmetic pattern feature allows you to cosmetically define and display patterns of holes instead of showing fully-tessellated solid models. Rebuild time is greatly reduced because pattern geometry is only cosmetic.

You can apply cosmetic patterns only to planar, parallel faces.



You can view cosmetic patterns in drawings with shaded views while RealView is on.

To create cosmetic patterns:

  1. From the Task Pane, select the Appearances, Scenes, and Decals tab.

  2. Under Appearances, click Miscellaneous, RealView Only Appearances, then double-click cosmetic hole pattern or drag it into the graphics area.

You need to pre-select the face for other Appearances. Pre-selection does not work for cosmetic patterns.

  1. In the PropertyManager, select a face for Fill Boundary .

  2. Under Pattern Layout

    1. Select a layout.

    2. Set the spacing options.

    3. Select an edge to determine the pattern direction.

  3. Under Seed Types:

    1. Select a seed type.

    2. Set the size options.

  4. Click .

PropertyManager Options

Fill Boundary

Fill Boundary. Defines the area to fill with the pattern. Select sketches, planar curves on faces, a face, or co-planar faces. If you use a sketch for the boundary, you may need to select the pattern direction.

Pattern Layout

Determines the layout pattern of the instances within the fill boundary. Select a customizable shape to pattern. Pattern instances are laid out concentrically from the seed feature.

Perforation. Creates a grid for a sheet metal perforation-style pattern.

Square. Creates a square-shaped pattern.

Set these options:

  • Instance Spacing or . Sets the distance between the centers of instances.

  • Stagger Angle . Sets the stagger angle between rows of instances, starting at the vector used for pattern direction.

  • Loop Spacing . Sets the distance between loops of instances (using centers).

  • Pattern Direction or . Sets the direction reference. If you do not specify a reference, the system uses the most appropriate reference (for example, the longest linear edge of the selected region).

Seed Types

Select a seed type to create a cut shape. Set size and placement options.

  • Circle

  • Square

  • Diamond

  • Polygon

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Cosmetic Pattern PropertyManager
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.