Circular Pattern in Solidworks – Illustrated Explanation

How to Use Circular Pattern Feature in Solidworks?

In this article of Mechanicalland, you will find information about how to use make circular patterns in Solidworks. So, you can make circular patterns by selecting objects to pattern and an axis for patterning around it. Also, we can make a circular pattern with the Circular Pattern command in Solidworks that we show all of the features of this command in this article.

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How to Use Circular Pattern Command in Solidworks?

Click on the circular pattern command in Solidworks.
Click on the Circular Pattern command in Solidworks.

Firstly, to make a circular pattern of a feature or a body in Solidworks, click on the pop-up menu as shown by the green arrow above then click on this command as shown by the green box above.

So, you can use the Circular Pattern feature of Solidworks to create different types of designs. Circular designs are very basic with this command in Solidworks. Otherwise, it will be very hard to obtain circular patterns manually.

Select the edges of the features.
Select the feature or part to be circularly patterned.

And then, you need to select the part with the Circular Pattern command in Solidworks as shown by the green arrow above.

After that, proper selection of bodies and faces is very important here. You can select different kinds of features and faces in the Circular Pattern command of Solidworks. Also, you can select the features such as extrusions.  This is a very useful feature of this command that, you can multiply the specific parts of 3D models with this command.

For example, you want to multiply the hole of a flange circularly. So, you can select the hole feature to do it on that part.

Select the other parameters.
Select the circular pattern axis.

Secondly, select the circular pattern axis from the drawing scheme of Solidworks. After that, you can select edges, lines, or linear features in Solidworks drawing as shown by the green arrow above.

You need to select the axis properly.

Define the Other Options of Circular Pattern

Enter the angle value for circular pattern in Solidworks.
Enter angle and instance value for Circular Pattern.

As shown in the green box above, you need to enter the angle values between instances and enter the number of instances value that you want. A preview of the values that you enter is shown by the green arrow above.

You can also enter the different values of angles to span by the Circular Pattern tool.

Equal spacing option.
Selection of Equal Spacing in Circular Pattern.

If you select the Equal Spacing as shown by the green arrow above, you need to enter a span angle value and number of instances in this span angle as shown by the green arrow again.

So, spacing options of Circular Pattern in Solidworks are also very useful.

Other options in Circular Pattern in Solidworks.
Instances to vary in Linear Pattern.

You can select to adjust the values of selected instances individually. To do it, select the instances to vary option in Circular Pattern as shown in the green box above, then click on instances that you want to change their values as shown by red arrows. You can change the angle values etc. of these selected instances as shown by the green arrow.

This feature provides very independent designs of Circular Patterns in Solidworks.

Click on the Yes button to complete the operation.
Finish the circular pattern operation.

If you complete the options and adjustments of Circular Pattern, click on the little Yes button as shown by the red arrow above.

Circular pattern is very simple in Solidworks.
Circular patterned geometry in Solidworks.

As you can see above, the circular patterned geometry is obtained. The whole instances are united into one part as you can see. If we selected an axis that is far away from the main geometry, there will be separate instances from the Circular Pattern command in Solidworks.


So, as you see above, the use of the Circular Pattern command in Solidworks is very simple. You just need to enter the command and select the required sketches and shapes. And you need to specify the spacings of instances and angle of span.

Finally, do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about the Circular Pattern feature of Solidworks.

NOTE: We use all the screenshots and images for educational and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of Solidworks®.

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