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Using Equations with Fill Pattern?

Question asked by Andreas Bovin on Mar 20, 2017



I am looking to do a sort of optimization of the circles-in-a-circle packing problem using Solidworks. My setup is a perforated disk, and I want to optimize the size of the holes for minimum surface area of the disk, within some range of constraints.


I am using the Design Study feature to perform such an optimization. The Fill Pattern helps me produce a hexagonal pattern of cuts of the disk. I want to automatically update the distance between the holes (Instance Spacing) as the Design Study progresses, but that seems impossible because the Instance Spacing cannot be defined from a SW Equation. Is this really the case: that Fill Pattern does not support equations? If so, why not? Are there currently plans to incorporate this?


Looking forward to your responses!


Kind regards,