Here's the question, can I have the design table automatically show the volume of each configuration of a part? I know how to drive dimensions with design tables, but I haven't the slightest clue how to get a design table to show physical properties.

# volume in design table, how?

Here's the question, can I have the design table automatically show the volume of each configuration of a part? I know how to drive dimensions with design tables, but I haven't the slightest clue how to get a design table to show physical properties.

Fortunately, like the Mass property in SW, Volume is available to use as well. In your DT (Design Table), put a property labeled $PRP@VOLUME in your top row. Keep in mind that the DT is an Excel spreadsheet, so it utilizes the power of Excel formulas. In the row of your configuration listed at the top, enter this text:

=""""&"SW-Volume@@"&A3&"@Part1.SLDPRT"&""""

(Be sure to change the file name at the end to your part's filename, between the third @ symbol and the subsequent quote ["].) This formula contatenates the strings together for this result:

"SW-Volume@@Configuration@Part1.SLDPRT"

The A3 is the cell reference where the first configuration will ALWAYS lie. Next, copy this formula down to the end of the list of your configs. You will notice that the configuration will change based on each cell reference. Now, close out your DT and go to the model's configuration-specific file properties. For each configuration, look for the Volume property, its value, and its evaluated value. You will see the given volume between configurations. Simple, yet effective! Hope this works for you!