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Proper mate for component in assembly along irregular path

Question asked by Ben Jones on Jul 14, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 14, 2016 by Ben Jones

I'm trying to model a very simple demonstration of a finned heat exchanger tube. The tube is irregularly shaped, and I would like the fins to follow the path of the tube around its length. I've manually added two fins using the Concentric mate, but this is not nearly what I would like (see picture). Once I've found that, how would I use a patterning feature to pattern the fin around the tube? Running SolidWorks Standard 2016, Windows 10. I'm new to SolidWorks, so please explain like I'm five. Thank you!

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