4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 16, 2015 11:57 AM by Ryan McVay

    how to automatically count location instances

    Gregory Thompson

      I am working on a class project for GD&T and cannot get the instances of a dimension to add up, which means I have to manually write it in the drawing. The solidworks help says to highlight the dimensions, right click, select "combine dimensions."


      However, I never get the option to combine as that selection is not in the menu.

      When I make the drawing, the instance count does not always show up, and the GD&T FCF has to be manually inserted. Again...


      My goal is to have the hole instances count and the location instances count. The point is not for a work around. It should count instances automatically.



        • Re: how to automatically count location instances
          Kenneth Barrentine

          make sure you're holding the "ctrl" key down and select the 3 dims.

          then right click


          i agree that the instance of the 2 holes should be captured automatically.

          that said, capturing the surface of the notch in that same instance would be a stretch.


          overall dimxpert is a bit clunky.

            • Re: how to automatically count location instances
              Gregory Thompson

              The dimension from the bottom edge captures the 2 holes and the notched-in corner edge (displayed vertically), just not the distance between holes (horizontally). Using the Hole Call out is great, captures the instances and info about the hole(s), I find it interesting that SW does not allow the option to combine the dimensions.


              I'll try a few more model configurations with different features and see what I get and will share it in this thread. I am trying to create a simplified drawing template almost, as to eliminate missing notations when going from model to drawing.





            • Re: how to automatically count location instances
              Glenn Schroeder

              I've never used that feature, but I suspect that this sentence is why you aren't given that option in the drop-down:



              As you can see, in the example shown all three dimensions are referencing the bottom edge.  Your example doesn't seem to have a common reference.


              I don't know if it meets any official standard, but in your example it's pretty common practice to insert one of the dimensions and include text, such as "Typical x 3".  (See How to show equidistant holes in a drawing.)

              • Re: how to automatically count location instances
                Ryan McVay

                It's great to see people learning the tools and applying standards...but the real world is all about production.


                If you are not using the these dimensions in a MBD scenario then there is no ROI for going through the hassle of applying all the dimensions and then collecting them together for 3X callout. Image this if you had a series of holes of 10 or 15! Even in a MBD scenario I'm not sure I would tie an edge and the holes together. They are, more than likely, not functionally related. Just my opinion and I know it's classroom project.