I want to mirror this rib to opposite site. Body and Feature both mirroring options are working. How to explain this?
Personal preference has been to use Bodies to Mirror rather then Features to Mirror. Just had more issues with Features to Mirror...
I have seen videos either Body or Feature will work. In this case both are working. This cast a question whether RIB is a feature or body.
Rib can be both - It is a Feature and it also is a Solid Body
Maha Nadarasa wrote: This cast the question whether RIB is a feature or body.
Maha Nadarasa wrote:
This cast the question whether RIB is a feature or body.
Almost every function in SolidWorks is a feature. Some of them create bodies or add material to existing bodies, some of them create holes or remove material, some delete bodies, etc.
I'd recommend always choosing "Bodies to Pattern (or Mirror)" when working with a body. Select "Features" for holes or cuts.
Both are available as options. As John has mentioned, I personally only ever try to mirror bodies where possible rather than Features. In some instances this is not always possible though (my experience). As for your other question, surely a RIB is always a 'feature' on a body is it not? Can a rib exist alone? If it can, then it would be a body.
This is a good point to analyse but the problem is, there is a variation in above definition and SW definition. According to above definition rib is a feature but it is working with body to mirror as well.
A feature can either create or remove geometry. If creating geometry not merged with other geometry in the part, you get a solid body. You can choose to either mirror or pattern either a feature or a body. When a feature is created with an 'up to surface' or similar it may not like mirroring or patterning (as it will try to create this with the same end constraint), and you'll want to pattern/mirror the body instead.
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