9 Replies Latest reply on May 19, 2009 7:48 PM by Josh Brady

# Diffrent hole pitches

What would be realy handy is the ability to have diffrent hole pitches in the same feature

Ie on the x dim 3 holes at 150mm then 1 at 250 then 6 at 58mm
on the y dim 2 at 50 3 at 64

The drilling software we use has this ability and its a DOS based programme where we put the first hole in then give it a distance for the holes pitches on x & y

The hole data we add for the above would look like this x=3@150;1@250;6@58
Y= 2@50;3@64. This programme would then add holes at the given pitches.

Would any one else find this useful and if so can we get it added to the wish list

Thanks
Mark (solidworks 2009)
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Create a sketch having points on the distance you need. Create one hole of the size you need on any of the point. Now using sketch driven pattern, you can pattern the hole on the required points.
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Hi Deepak

What would happen if i had lots of holes at diffrent pitches, some items i do have hundreds of holes in them and at several diffrent pitches. to draw a sketch and place points for all these holes seems like a lot of work, when you could just type in the figures and auto place the holes.

Thanks

Mark
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Mark,

I agree with your point but don't know how many people will be using that.
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Have you ever tried a table-driven pattern?
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Josh, you must be looking over my shoulder, 'cause that was just what I was going to suggest! Also, you will note that you can save and load table files, which are simple text files with the file extension ".sldptab". You may find a reasonable solution would be to use notepad, wordpad, or some other ascii editor to type in the XY's, then load that file into your table driven pattern. Good Luck
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Hi

Would using a table driven pattern not involve creating a spread sheet / notepad doc with the x, y coordinates for each hole in relation to an origin point. If so then that is a lot of work if 1 have a 100 plus holes at diffrent pitches.

Thanks

Mark
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Mark,

Looks like you need to be posting this question in the API sub-forum and get some custom programming done just like what your drilling program has.

Might cost some money to have a developer create the API for you. But if you do this often enough it will pay for itself in no time.

Cheers,

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Josh,

Thanks for making me remember that. Don't know how that slipped of my mind.
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With intelligent application of formulae and auto-fill the table could be generated in Excel rather quickly.