Linear pattern feature has been given a makeover with the new option of Up to Reference
Up to Reference is a new option in the linear pattern feature that is similar to the equal spacing option in the circular pattern and allows for creation of intelligent patterns.
The “Up to Reference” option allows you to select an edge, vertex or face as a reference to control how many instances will be created at a given spacing. An offset from that reference is available to maintain proper spacing from the end. If the location of the reference is moved, the number of instances is recalculated.
Another option is to choose a fixed number of equally spaced instances without regard to the spacing. If the reference moves the spacing is adjusted to fit, maintaining the fixed number of instances.
This new capability of the linear pattern is a tremendous time saver, as it is no longer necessary to create equations to achieve the same results!
Great tool, no more messing with maths/equations now and let SOLIDWORKS do it for you.
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