Hey everyone,

I am looking for some help with getting these linear patterned cuts to line up properly. Eventually I could get there, but it is really time consuming and annoying to have to keep tinkering with the distances between each little contour.

Is there an easier way to do this?

I am cutting into this part and making a linear pattern. Then I mirror that pattern over to the other side.

as you can see the mirrored pattern doesn't line up perfectly.

Also is there a way to get the linear pattern to have more than two decimal places? (ex: 12.4531 instead of 12.45)

This is what the real pattern looks like.

Hi Jake

I'm sorry I don't have the time to go into too much detail for your specific problem.

But I can touch on a few suggestions

Often the order in which you construct your features has a big impact on ease/simplicity of modelling.

For example in this case I might look at just modelling the panel with the cuts first and then add the perimeter material before using a mirror body.

Also when creating offset (diamond) patterns I generally use two linear patterns

In order to get things to line up I like to use equations

It depends how you set it up,, but something like

Don't worry about the precision (2 dp) Solidworks will go out to 8 dp, but only show you the decimal places set in your doc properties.

These type of patterns are always a bit tricky, before I begin a pencil and paper sketch always helps me.

If you're really struggling you could make it simpler (traded for a longer rebuild time) by applying a linear pattern that is angled at 45 degrees.. obviously you would pattern over a much larger panel than you require, but it could be cut away afterwards.

I'll check in later to see how you are getting on.. this type of pattern is tricky but gives you a nice feeling when it works

Good Luck