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Patterning Fasteners

Question asked by John Wayman on Jan 4, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 28, 2018 by Glenn Schroeder

This is probably another of my 'It's different to Pro/E' questions. If so,I apologise!

My preferences is to make my fixing holes as patterns. I create the first hole and pattern the hole to all the locations I want.


Once I have my fixing holes, I fit a fastener to the first hole and pattern it. In Pro/E, the software knew the first hole was part of a pattern, so it automatically put a fastener in each of the patterned holes. One click.


Is this possible in Solidworks, or do I have to go through the whole 'click pattern, click pattern-based pattern, click the model tree, find the part and click it, find the pattern of holes and click it' rigmarole every time? At least 7 clicks by my count.


I am aware that I can drag a toolbox fastener in and drop it onto each of my holes. That is all very well, but, firstly, I have no indication if I miss one of the holes by accident and, secondly, if the fastener length were to be changed in the future, I have to somehow explicitly select each one and change it - again, with no indication if I miss one.


The advantage of my patterned fasteners method is that, should I need to change the diameter or length of the fastener, I need only change the first item in each pattern and regenerate, then they all change. I know there are the number of fasteners required and no more or less, and I know they are all the same size and length.


I think this is basic stuff in a 3D CAD system, so I must be missing the trick.


Could someone point me in the right direction, please?



SW2014, SP5