Delete Pattern Instance in SolidWorks

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Removing Pattern Instances

In SOLIDWORKS, you can create a pattern of features using commands like Linear Pattern and Circular Pattern to name a few.  With both of these types of patterns, you can also choose to "Skip" instances of these patterns by selecting them during the creation of the pattern itself.  But a little known fact is that you can also remove these instances without ever having to re-open or edit this pattern feature again.  Allow me to explain with this example.  Take an ordinary part with a linear pattern of features.  Select on a face of this feature or pick multiple feature surfaces at the same time by holding down the CTRL key:

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Next, press the Delete key on your keyboard.  You will see this message box appear with some choices:

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Choose to delete the pattern instance, and you will see the item selected remove from the pattern as an instance being skipped!

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So with SOLIDWORKS you have yet another way to accomplish a failry common task without having to edit the feature with extra mouse clicks and steps!

Brian Reel
CATI Technical Analyst