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SolidWorks® 2010 Bible by Matt Lombard

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Chapter 8. Patterning and Mirroring

Patterning and mirroring in SolidWorks are great tools to help you improve your efficiency. SolidWorks software provides many powerful pattern types that also help you accomplish design tasks. In addition to the different types of patterns, there are options that enable functionality that you may not have considered. A solid understanding of patterning and mirroring tools is necessary to be able to build the maximum amount of parametric intelligence into your models.

Patterning in a Sketch

You can use both pattern and mirror functions in sketch mode, although sketch patterns are not a preferred choice. The distinction between patterning and mirroring in sketch mode is important when it comes to sketch performance.

Performance

Although there are many metrics for how software performs, in SolidWorks, the word performance means the same thing as speed. Sketch patterns have a very adverse effect on speed, and do not offer the same level of control as feature patterns.

You might hear a lot of conflicting information about which ...

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