I am trying to link the Sheet Metal Gauge to the part thickness so that I can then link this in a part drawing. I have a gauge table with the Gauge No. and Gauge(Thickness). Does any one know how to do this?
Add a excel sheet metal table to your part template -
How do I got about doing that? Would this be a design table?
You need to set one up, check here on the forum there's got to be a generic one available, then put it in the right folder and make sure the options are also pointing to the correct file location..
I know how to link the gauge to a excel table, but do not know how to link that to the actual "Gauge"/ Text Expression.
If you want those values shown in your drawing use a note $PRPSHEET:"Thk" & $PRPSHEET:"Gauge"
Do you use the Custom Property Tab Builder? you should be able to link back to the Sheet Metal Gauge Table.......
What you are trying to do is not possible by default. The only way you can achieve this is by reading in the thickness of your sheetmetal then match it to a gauge table and enter custom property. All this requires api and needs to be run every time you change thickness & units.
No other way.
OK, I got that but is there then anyway to then link this to the actual thickness of the part? Now I have the actual part thickness of 1/4" and a property at 3/4", or will I have to update these every time?
Every time!!!!! The only reliable way is to read the sheetmetal thickness and compare with gauge table...then add the corresponding GA designation as custom or config property. We pick thickness from design table that also links to gauge size. That works too, make changing thickness of sheetmetal a little slower since I have to open the DT everytime, but guarantees proper & uniform BOM's. Has the limitation that you can't use gauge tables in the sheetmetal features. Not a requirement in my line of work. Heavy industrial equipment that is....
Here is the sheet metal gauge sizes chart:
Sheet Metal Gauge Sizes Chart - inch/mm (2018 Updated) | MachineMfg.com
I was able to get the gauges linked to the thicknesses by modified one of the Solidworks provided tables "k-factor inches sample". I chose to only include the sheet sizes my company uses and the K-factors we had determined for our presses. Getting the thicknesses to show up on the drawing, however, I still haven't worked out all the kinks on that one.
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