Is there an easy way to pattern reference planes in Solid Edge? The pattern command will not let me select reference planes. This would be really handy for lofts, particularly if I need to change the distance between all planes in the pattern.
I think you could accomplish that with the variable table. Assign a value to all the plane offset dims.
@12GAGEuses sketches to drive plane positions, works very well.
I use planes to drive sketches all the time.
It's rare for me to use a plane driven from a sketch, but it can be done. I see that as kind of risky. Sketches can go bad, Planes don't go bad unless driven from other geometry(sketches & Parts) that does go bad.
I don't see how planes can be added more than one at a time.
However, I don't see any reason why you could not have a sketch pattern and attached a bunch of planes to it. But it would be no different than adding sketch elements and planes one by one other than the speed of sketch creation.
Not really, but if you are inside of a part and not an assembly, one thing you can do is pattern an extruded surface. You can use those just like you do with reference planes, only with the added benefit of being able to choose the orientation you want to look at when placing the sketch.