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"Copy with Mates" Option? Replicate?
Maybe I'm thinking about this too hard and the answer is staring at me in the face. I don't know, so here I am.
I have a configured panel that is used multiple times along the side of something and they're bolted to each other (think planks of wood side by side to each other for the same visual). I could easily create this with a linear pattern, but the problem is that each instance of the panel could be swapped out with a different panel. Say I have seven panels in a row, and the third panel needs to change because of an altered hole arrangement. With linear pattern, I can't just do that, and I don't see any option to "dissolve" a pattern. In SolidWorks, you can create a pattern, dissolve it, and have the parts remain, but no mates between them. Just floating pieces until you move them. For my situation, I need both the series of panels and the mates between them. Once that's established, I can change configurations all day and it won't move from that arrangement.
I tried using Replicate, but I'm not sure if I'm using it in the manner it was intended to be used. For example, I am not sure if I have to have two separate parts, or maybe I'm choosing the wrong option in it. I have used "Copy With Mates" in SolidWorks more times than I can count and it serves the exact purpose I need, but I'm at a loss of how to get there. If there isn't a straight forward method of doing that, I can simple copy each panel and mate manually, but that's the long way around.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.