I need to copy a single line 350 times but each time the x dimension/coordinate will be different. Anyone know how this could be done?
The sketch linear pattern doesn't allow for varying instances. However that is most likely a process that could be done using a macro.
Thanks. How would you do that? I've been using SW for years and don't think I've ever used the macro function.. can you give me an example?
I'm not an expert wrouting macros. If you posted this on the API section of the forums I'm sure you will get someone that knows the exact macro for this.
In Solidworks 2015 (its a new feature) you could use the variable pattern to vary the spacing between instances, you could then bring the values into the feature from your excel file. there is also a table driven pattern which could also allow you to vary your positioning.
Those options are only available for features I believe and not sketch entities. You only have the option for linear or circular sketch patterns.
Yes my mistake, didn't realise we were talking sketch entities.
Are you going to use that line as a reference for creating features?
No, it is just a sketch. It will be made into a DXF and given to a laser engraver.
See attached part. I used the variable pattern limited functionality in conjunction to a crazy workaround.
I am really frustrated by how limited is the variable pattern in 2015. You cannot pattern even surface features!!! That being said, in the attached part, you can change the X1, X2, Y1, Y2 dimensions and see your patterned lines updated.
Update 1: I have modified the file, by using the Intersection Curve. Thus, you can add or remove rows in the table and the patterned line sketch will update as expected.
Update 2: If you are under subscription, you will want to use SW 2016 to work with this file. Cannot tell you why in this forum, but you will see the advantage right away!
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