Can anyone tell me if there is a way to use one pattern (the same exact pattern) on multiple models so that when you change the pattern it changes on all of the models. Example: I have several different size plates with the same screw hole pattern in all of them. I want to be able to change one pattern and have all of the screw holes in all of the plates update. Is this possible with NX 10?
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One way to make this happen would be by using interpart expressions to connect/share the values.
This way one model will be the source for the pattern. The downside of this is that the source needs to be loaded to update the expressions. I've done projects where we used a specific part containing (only) all the shared expressions to avoid the need for loading part geometry from other parts.
Edit: As long as you don't need to change the pattern type...
Another option is to use WAVE linking. You could (for example) lay out the pattern as a sketch in a separate "master layout" part, then assemble that part into all the places it is needed, and WAVE link the geometry across. (or just use the geometry by selecting in the component?)
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You could consider Part Families. Your Part Family Template part is the driving part from which multiple plates are created (Part Family Members). Each member is a different size, controlled by the Part Family Template's Spreadsheet, but the pattern is driven by the geometry in the Part Family Template. If you ever need to update the pattern in the master template (and hence the members) you simply open the spreadsheet and update the members. Part Family Members are read only. Their content is defined exclusively by their master Part Family Template.
Look at the following movie as a possible workflow for your problem.
Hope this is helpful.
Check if you can see my Youtube uploads;
Those show many useful applications but since a few video clips show some of NX limitations, they were removed from the NX Knowledge Base.