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Curve Driven Component Pattern

You can pattern components utilizing 2D or 3D sketches that contain a continuous set of tangential lines.

To create a curve driven pattern of components:

  1. Click Curve Driven Component Pattern Tool_Curve_Driven_Pattern (Assembly toolbar) or Insert > Component Pattern > Curve Pattern.
  2. In the PropertyManager, under Direction 1:
    1. Select a curve, edge, sketch entity, or select a sketch from the FeatureManager to use as the path for the pattern.
    2. Click Reverse Direction if necessary.
    3. Type a value for Number of Instances . This is the total number of instances including the seed components.
    4. Type a value for Equal Spacing . Sets equal spacing between each pattern instance. The separation between instances depends on the curve selected for Pattern Direction and on the Curve method.
    5. Type a value for Spacing . The distance between the curve and the Features to Pattern is measured normal to the curve.
    6. Under Reference Point, select one of the following:

      • Bounding box center
      • Component origin
      • Selected point

    7. Curve method defines the direction of the pattern by transforming how you use the curve selected for Pattern Direction. Under Curve method, select one of the following options:

      • Transform curve. The delta X and delta Y distances from the origin of the selected curve to the seed feature are maintained for each instance.
      • Offset curve. Offsets each instance from the seed feature.

    8. Under Alignment method, select one of the following options:

      • Tangent to curve. Aligns each instance tangent to the curve selected for Pattern Direction.
      • Align to seed. Aligns each instance to match the original alignment of the seed feature.

    9. For Face normal, select the face on which the 3D curve lies to create the curve driven pattern.
  3. Repeat for Direction 2 for a bidirectional pattern.

    Select Pattern seed only to pattern the seed component only in the second direction. When cleared, SolidWorks patterns all of the instances generated by Direction 1 and the seed component in the second direction.

  4. Click in Components to Pattern , then select the seed components.
  5. To skip instances, click in Instances to Skip .
  6. To restore instances, select the instance in Instances to Skip and press Delete.
  7. Under Options, select the following:
    1. Enable Propagate Visual Properties to apply SolidWorks colors, textures, and cosmetic thread data to all pattern instances.
    2. Click Full preview or Partial preview to select the preview of the instance in the graphics area.
  8. Click .

    The new components appear under in the FeatureManager design tree.

    By default, all instances use the same configuration as the seed components. To change the configuration, edit the component properties of an instance.

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