Hole wizard for non-circular fasteners in Solidworks


SolidWorks has an excellent Hole wizard tool, but unfortunately it can only make round holes and oval slots, but as I wrote in the article about mates, there are other fasteners.

Hole wizard for non-circular fasteners in Solidworks

For this method we will use a sketch driven pattern



We create a sketch with one required hole, in the same sketch we can add points where the holes should still be located. We can create another sketch with dots if necessary.



Click on the array controlled by the sketch, and select the element and sketch.

This method is suitable for square, hexagonal, rectangular holes.

You can also make an array for specific firmware



For this method we need to add a point. 






This method can be combined with library elements; for a hex hole I created a library element with dimensions for nuts from M3 to M16.

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