I am a LONG time lurker on this forum and it has saved me so many times I can't count. However, I seem to have run across a problem that hasn't been asked specifically.
What I am trying to do:
I have multiple layers of sheet stock that are going to be cut out using a laser cutter. I have a fairly complex hole pattern (the holes are polygons) on the first layer sheet that was done using a curve driven pattern. I should mention at this point that I am totally happy with how the first part/layer looks. The problem comes with the addition of subsequent layers of sheet stock in the assembly.
What I have tried so far:
- First idea was to edit layer 2 part in the main assembly and try to convert entity the CrvPattern on to it. Problem is it will not let me select it no matter what I do. All it will let me select is face on base layer part but it will not let me select that pattern feature to convert.
- I realize that a lot of people run into issues with propagating features created in the assembly level down to their parts. Is there a way to do it in reverse. In other words the holes that are part of the curve driven pattern in the base part are "through all". How can I make them actually THROUGH ALL??
- My last desperate attempt was to try to redo the curve driven pattern at the assembly level and propagate it back down to the part level. I was able to create the polygon hole as an assembly level feature and propagate it back down to the parts. It looks great...except that it is only one and I have literally HUNDREDS of holes. The problem I am running into is that I can not find curve driven pattern as an assembly features option at the assembly level. There is literally every other type of pattern.
I have attached the parts and assembly. The "MainOuterCover" is the base layer and has all the holes that I want to propagate up the the subsequent parts/layers of sheet stock.
I have a bad feeling that someone out there is going to go "duh" it's easy you just do _______ and I am going to feel like a total noob.
Thanks for the help in advance!