1. Create part as you did.
2. Export part to Ansys.
3. In Ansys, make sure View > Properties is enabled. In the Properties pane, under Basic Geometry Options, make sure "Parameters" is ticked. Make a note of "Parameter Key", by default it is "DS". This is the flag Ansys looks for when importing variables.
4. Go back to SolidWorks and rename your "A" variable to "DS_A".
5. Back in Ansys, right-click on Geometry and select "Update from CAD".
6. In the Properties pane, under Advanced Geometry Options, make sure "Smart CAD Update" is ticked.
7. Create a Static Structural study by dragging from the Toolbox and dropping on the Geometry cell you created earlier. Double click on Model to open up the Mechanical Editor.
8. In Mechanical Editor, expand the tree under Geometry to find your part. Click on the part in the tree. In the Details pane there should be a line called "CAD Parameters", with "DS_A" in the list.
9. Click in the empty box to the left of "DS_A" so the blue "P" shows. This is now parameterised.
10. Setup your structural study as normal and run. Create an Equivalent Stress plot in the Solution folder.
11. Click on your Equivalent Stress plot in the tree. In the Details pane, find the Results section and click in the empty box to the left of "Maximum" so the blue "P" shows. The result is now parameterised.
12. Go back to the Project Schematic. You should now see a new "Parameter Set" hanging off the bottom of your Static Structural study. Double click on this and the Parameter Set view shows.
13. In the Outline of All Parameters pane, click on "DS_A". A table of design points should now be visible. Here, you can add rows for your different values of "DS_A". Once you have populated these rows, you can then "Update All Design Points" and your analysis will whirr away until they're all done.
14. Basically all your variables in SW need the "DS_" key ahead of them, these will then be available to edit in Ansys. For equations, you'll need "DS_" at the start but you shouldn't need to specify values within Ansys, SolidWorks will take care of that because of the "Smart CAD Update" we ticked earlier.
first of all thank you for your answer, so articulated and punctual.
My default (Ansys 17) is ANS;DS so I suppose that I can start my global variable with DS or ANS. I tried in both ways.
My problem is at the bullet 8. I don't see a line called "CAD Parameters". In details of Part1 (the name of my file) I have "Graphics properties" , "Definition" , "Material" , "Bounding box" , "Properties" , "Statistics". Maybe there is some other thick, or other options to be set: I am checking, but without any result.
Could you further help me?
Thank you very much
Interesting. Unfortunately I don't have access to 17 so something may have changed since 16.1.
Could you try editing the Parameter Key field (double-click it) and change it to just DS? Then try Update Geometry from CAD again.
This is what my Geometry Properties looks like:
This is my Mechanical editor:
And this is SolidWorks:
Are there any differences you can spot in our setups?
DONT' ASK ME WHY, but now, with the same procedure, I see all the things that you told me, and I was able to complete all the bullets.
I really don't know why now it works! (with other programs happens that you close and open again and it works better...I don't know)
Thank you so much for everything!
Excellent! Glad I could help.