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SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features
  • SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features

    Posted on Aug Fri, 2019 by seacad_marketing

    There are several ways to make machinable features on SOLIDWORKS CAM, but what if you want creating the same feature without making bunch of machinable feature on the CAM Features Tree?

    The answer is Pattern Features!

    The Pattern commands simplify the creation of multiple features by allowing you to define one feature and array it to other position using various methods such as linear pattern, circular pattern & sketch driven pattern.

    Below picture is the example for the pattern features.

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 1

    Without pattern features

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 2

    Without pattern features

    As we seen on the example, there is different number of machinable feature on the CAM Features Tree. Creating the multiple features by Pattern commands it will reduce the calculation time to generate the toolpath.

    To create pattern feature following these methods:

    SOLIDWORKS CAM Feature Tree > Machinable Feature (Right Click) > Pattern > Create Pattern

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 3

     

    Creating Linear Pattern

    Linear pattern is creating multiple feature is aligned the edge of direction that select, you can select a linier/circular edge, planar/cylindrical face, reference plan, or reference axis. You can configure the incremental distance and number on instance on the feature manager tab of New Pattern.

    You can remove feature instances that you do not want in the pattern using Instances to skip.

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 4

    Creating Circular Pattern

    If the part has shape that base on circle such as gear, you can create the multiple features by using Circular Pattern. You can define the rotation axis, configure the angular rotation increment, number of instance on Parameter.

    You can remove feature instances that you do not want in the pattern using Instances to skip.

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 5

    Creating Sketch Driven Pattern

    The pattern can define from sketch, if you want generate the pattern as you want, you can simply select from the available valid sketches.

    You can remove feature instances that you do not want in the pattern using Instances to skip.

    SOLIDWORKS CAM – Pattern Features 6

     

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