Is there a parameter to set to prevent a part from rotating when using the circular pattern feature? I want all my parts to stay in a particular alignment after patterning.
Can you post a picture of the issue you're seeing and if possible along with the files. Do mention your SW version and SP.
There are eight small circular plates arranged in a circular hole pattern on the back of a main plate. Each small plate has two holes for rivets. I want the two rivet holes on each plate to be vertical with respect to the main plate (as seen in the 12 and 6 o'clock positions). I aligned the first plate and created a circular pattern. Solidworks rotated the angle of the holes by 45 degrees for each instance. I would like them all to remain vertical. I seem to remember seeing a parameter a while back that allowed you to select whether or not to rotate each part in a pattern. Does that exist? Thanks.
Forgot: SW 2013 SP 3.0
This is only possible with curve driven pattern but that is available in part mode (align to seed option). So create the hole in the base plate using curve driven pattern and then use feature driven pattern in assembly to get the required orientation.
And in case you think it's better to have this option in assembly itself submit this as an IDEA here: Submit your IDEA
Thanks for your response. It turns out that I did use the feature driven pattern to do this eventually. I had to go back and use the Hole Wizard to create my holes (feature) and basically change the way it was intended. It would have been nice to have an option to check or uncheck to control the alignment from where I was. I will submit the idea, however, as you suggested. Thanks for your help.
There is still no option for that in sw 2018, did you submit the idea ?
Use a sketch pattern maybe?
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