Hello All,

I was wondering if it is possible in Solidworks to use reference geometry on a part to manipulate the piece? So essentially if this was a parent child relation the axis or reference geometry would be the parent and the part would be the child. My idea is that if I created a part in Solidoworks and it had to be x inches tall, instead of clicking on the part and then edit feature you could just adjust the height by moving the reference geometry point. Or the end goal being I would write an equation that would factor in the reference points and by plugging in the numerical value it would automatically reflect in the build window. I hope this question isn't too confusing and any information would be a great start.

-Dawn

Hello Dawn,

I think maybe the problem why your box is not following the plane is because you have to choose the plane as your end surface, maybe you forgot this or did it not correctly.

For example: the right plane with a rectangle sketch on it, a construction line on the top plane, and a self created plane (plane1) parallel with the right plane and coincident with the endpoint of the construction line. Now choose Up to Surface and click Plane 1: as shown in the picture beneath.

After this you can drag the endpoint of your construction line, your plane will move and also your box

Like this:

This is for a part like this quite easy to do for the length, the width and the height of this box.

But if you get more parameters and difficult shapes this isnt easy anymore, and i can imagine you won't get happy of that .

Than i would advice you to take a look at design tables, take a look at this video tutorials:

http://www.solidworkslessons.info/#!__design-tables (3 tutorial movies)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjnuq2_FT8c