Favorite SOLIDWORKS Capabilities: Component Patterns

Article by Jake Davis on Oct 18, 2019

One of our favorite SOLIDWORKS capabilities is to pattern components in assemblies.  This function gives us the ability to quickly populate assemblies with multiple parts in sequence.  We can do this without having to insert and mate each individual instance.  It’s a real time-saver for designers.  And, it enables us to build complete assemblies much quicker.

solidworks 2020 patters with variable instances

Not all patterns are perfect.  There are many situations where we need to vary the parameters of where a component lands in the assembly.  Historically, these items couldn’t be included in our component patterns.  They had to be added separately.  Component Patterns required fixed values to separate components from each other.  And, those values repeated themselves to form the pattern.


In SOLIDWORKS 2020, we now have the ability to modify an individual instance.  We can adjust its position in the overall pattern. We do this by…

  1. Clicking in the new ‘Modified Instances’ box in the Pattern Feature Manager
  2. Selecting an individual instance
  3. Modifying the parameter of that instance

2020 component patterns variable instances

We can change the position of the instance from its nominal position where it would normally land in the pattern.  And, we can also adjust the distance or angle from the seed component itself!  Therefore, this additional flexibility in SOLIDWORKS 2020 enhances an already great tool. 


Above all, It gives users even more control over their designs within a single feature and makes my list of my favorite SOLIDWORKS capabilities.

Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of videos here.


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About Jake Davis

Jake started as a Data Management Specialist with GoEngineer in January of 2019. Prior to joining GoEngineer, Jake spent 20 years in the engineering industry. Jake’s experience spans multiple industries including Aerospace, Medical Device, Paper Making, and Utilities with roles ranging from Design Engineer to Director of Operations. Jake also spent several years as a consultant for Lean Engineering and implementing SOLIDWORKS PDM. Jake is a Marine Corps veteran who enjoys spending his spare time outdoors with his wife camping, off-roading, and long-range shooting.

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