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Providing input fields within a sketch to drive it

Question asked by Asko Kauppi on May 13, 2018
Latest reply on May 14, 2018 by Asko Kauppi

I'm modeling a parametric gear tooth as a sketch (pic below). Currently, I'm driving the design from "global variables" but would prefer a solution where the driving data (number of teeth and module) are embedded within the sketch. This would then allow me to make copies of the sketch for different use cases, without needing to think of global overlaps.


sketched tooth.PNG


Is this possible, within SolidWorks 2018?


I can provide dimensions for entities and derive others from them, but in this case the values are rather non-dimensional (well, module is dimensional but number of teeth isn't). Ideally, I'd like to have an "input field" something like shown here:




Any suggestions for locally driving design parameters are welcome. I'm still learning the possibilities of SolidWorks and want to learn the right work patterns from the beginning.