Here is a possible work around. But not sure if this is a solution for you.
Lets assume that the the feature you have patterned(filled) is a hole. Create an assembly with this part in it. In the assembly context, insert a part (Say a screw or pin) into one of the holes. Insert a feature driven pattern of this screw or pin & use th pattern in the part to drive.
Now in the BOM will show the QTY of the screw or Pin which will be same as the # of instances of the hole.
Does this help?
I have this same need and it doesn't look like it got answered back in March. I have a fill pattern and just want to know how many holes are in my pattern so I don't have to count them all. It would be a great help if there was some way to send that count to a property as originally asked, also.
Here is another possible work-around if your pattern is on a uniform thickness wall. Use the Measure tool to get the weight and/or volume of the part before adding the hole pattern. Add the seed hole and Measure again, subtracting to get the change in weight or volume. Add the Fill Pattern and Measure again. Divide the change in weight or volume from no hole to all holes and divide by the weight or volume of the first hole and you should get the number of holes.
Reading a post in another Fill Pattern post, there is an easier solution that works whether the wall is uniform or not. Measure the area of the face or faces before the first hole, after the first hole and after the pattern. Divide the differences.
Thanks for the work-arounds Jerry, but I'm going to try the more automatic suggestions.
You can use Size Dimension from DimXpert. In PropertyManager, modify Dimension Text as '<COUNT=#>'.
In Drawing, select 'Import Annotations' and 'DimXpert annotations'. When you change 'Fill Pattern' feature in part, Fill Pattern instances are changed as well.
If you use SW2011: there is a new functionality for Sheet Metal part. After Update the Cut-List-Item, if you look at 'Cut Outs' property you can see the number. If you have the same Hole on other faces and you are interested only to count fill pattern instances, you can create a new configuration and Suppress the other holes and let Unsuppressed Fill Pattern feature.
Please see jpg's.
Spot on Adrian
Thanks for this tip
On a drawing you can use the Hole Callout tool. This will place a number of instance x diameter x depth x etc dimension on your hole.
It's another workaround, like the assembly component/BOM one, that should really be fixed by now.
Are you sure the hole call out works on a Fill Pattern?
I just get the Ø of the hole showing up.
You need to create the initial hole with a hole wizard feature. We do a lot of thru holes with grooves/fillets/cbores and making the inital hole via the hole wizard has helped immensely especially on sheets where we have 900+ holes.
Ah I've been using Create Seed Cut
Well that 2 things I've learned today, can I go home now my head hurts
Thanks for that
Thanks Tony! I finally got this to work perfectly. One problem I had was the same as Michael, but I changed to a hole wizard feature and it still didn't work. My other problem that I figured out was that my file in the drawing is an assembly (sheet metal part with PEM hardware). I could only get the hole diameter. So, I tried bringing just my sheet metal part into a new drawing, and then the hole callout tool worked fine.
Frustrating, but the best work-around of the bunch.
I tried to do this suggestion, but for some reason SW would not let me place the dimension (see attached). What might I be doing wrong?
The dim is placed in a dwg
The first dim per Adrian's post was placed in the part file (at least that is what it looks like in that attached pic). -John
The size/instance portion of the dimxpert only works on linear/circle patterns, not fill patterns; and only in a part/assy.
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Thanks for the confirmation Tony. Like I said, frustrating... At least I have folks like you to help me around these issues! -John
My example was for Hole feature. If you want to use Fill Pattern for a Body, you can count fill pattern instances using number of bodies in Cut-List.
In Fill Pattern you cannot control the number of instances, like in Linear/Circular Pattern. Instances number depends only on the values of the fields in Pattern Layout group box (in PropertyManager).
@Tony: DimXpert it works also for Fill Pattern, if you use a Hole for 'Features to Pattern' (I know, not all the features are supported )
Thanks for being persistent. The DimXpert does work for fill patterns...just not multiple feature fill patterns. I had a fill pattern with both a hole and fillet and the size dimension would not count the instances. Once I suppressed the fillet, removed my dimxpert scheme and added another size dimension, it worked! That is a great way to keep a living count of fill pattern holes. Once I got the size dimension there I could unsuppress the fillet and the size/instance dimension stayed.
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