What’s New 2020 – Aligning Patterned Instances Using a Hole Wizard Feature
In assemblies, users are able to create patterns of components in many different ways. As well as standard linear, circular and sketch driven patterns, components and features can be used to drive patterns.
The Pattern Driven Component Pattern feature allows users to create a pattern of components based on an existing pattern.
From 2020, when a Pattern Driven Component Pattern feature uses a Hole Wizard feature as the driving feature, the patterned instances can be aligned to each hole axis. In past releases, it could be a little more difficult to get the axis aligned.
Now in the Pattern Driven PropertyManager, users can select an alignment method when a hole wizard feature is selected as the driving feature:
- Align to Holes – Aligns instances to the Hole Wizard feature. This is the default alignment method for new pattern features.
- Align to Seed – Aligns instances to the seed instance. This is the default alignment method for existing pattern features.
In this example, we can pattern a Hex Screw to a hole feature to connect the 2 plates.
Choose Linear Component Pattern from the Assembly toolbar. Click Pattern Driven Component Pattern.
In the PropertyManager, select the required items. For Components to Pattern, select the Hex Screw toolbox item. For Driving feature select the Hole Wizard feature. You can change the Seed Position if you wish.
Click OK to accept. The pattern matches the hole pattern and alignment.
If you would like to learn more about Modifying Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS, please read the following blog we uploaded: