Sketch pattern constraint

When a Pattern icon-sketch-pattern-linear2d.png is created within a sketch or a sketch profile is patterned in the 3D environment, a sketch pattern constraint is automatically created. If your constraint visibility setting is turned on, the source sketch from which you created your pattern displays a sketch pattern constraint badge.

A sketch pattern constraint maintains the relationship between the patterned elements so that changes you make to one element also apply to the other elements in the pattern.

Modify pattern definition and quantity

You can quickly modify the pattern definition, distance, and quantity of patterned elements as long as there is an existing constraint.

To modify pattern definition and quantity, follow these steps:

  1. Select any sketch belonging to a sketch pattern to re-activate the pattern control badges.
  2. Use the pattern control badges to adjust the pattern definition type, distance, and quantity.
  3. To finish, select an empty area of the grid or select Exit Sketching.


The sketch pattern constraint can only be created using the Pattern tool for sketch elements or sketch profiles. If a sketch pattern constraint is deleted, it will permanently break the relationship between pattern instances.

Delete sketch pattern constraint

If you want to modify elements in your sketch pattern individually, you can break the pattern by deleting the sketch pattern constraint.

To delete a sketch pattern constraint, follow these steps:

  1. While in sketch mode, locate the source sketch from which you created your pattern.
    Note: If your constraint visibility setting is turned off, select or hover over the source sketch
  2. Select the sketch pattern constraint badge on the source sketch.
  3. In the Sketch menu, select Delete Constraints.
  4. Modify individual elements from the pattern.

Learn more by watching the video below:


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To learn more about the Sketch Pattern tool, visit Pattern (Sketch).

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