I want to create a basic part that can be modified based on a part number. For example, a 2 X 4 X 8 long part no. 1 to a 4 X 6 X 10 long part no. 2 in the same part or by inputting size on part opening.
Might be able to do it with a macro. But it would take some time and thought to make that happen. And time is money.
Take a look at Configurations.
I watched the video on Design Tables and figured that was my best solution. There are a lot of variables that change from part to part. Design Tables seemed to be the simplest way to accomplish it. Thanks for the input from you and Wayne.
I think this is what DriveworksXpress does out of the box.
I'm not sure if that is in our level of license. We only have the Standard license, but thank you for the information.
According to a product matrix I found, you should have access to it:
Thanks, I will look into it and see what it can do for me.
I have only played with it. But, it is made to do exactly what you are after. I'd start here:
Getting Started with DriveWorksXpress | MySolidWorks Training
There are other videos also. The Lessons over at mysolidworks are generally pretty darn good. So, the above video should get you going.
Thank you Matt. You've given me some good options. I'm going to watch the training video and see what it can do for me in this and other projects.
On a related subject, can you drive the "number of instances" in a circular pattern with a variable? e.g. having a construction line in the first sketch whose dimension is equal to the number of instances in a circular pattern feature? I have parts that have almost identical construction but change in ID, OD, thickness, size and number of holes in the face and want to cut down on the number of features required to create the model. Thanks.
Great, I figured there had to be a way. I've used other solid modeling software and created library/catalog parts with varying sizes and have used similar variables, I'm relatively new to Solid Works and still finding my way through. You've been a great help Matt. I appreciate your time and knowledge.
You are in the right place. This forum is awesome!
I'm by no means an advanced user in a lot of areas. But, I've recently learned some things from those lessons over at my.solidworks.com.
Also, for the next week SW is offering their ecourses for free if you are on subscription. The ecourses are like the SW VAR training courses. So, I recommend you go through one of those. I went through the Weldments one last week and learned a lot. And I am pretty proficient with weldments. (You can do a lot more with weldments than the name implies.) If you are going to be doing a lot of sheet metal, they've got one of those courses, too.
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Huh, the link is right below the text in my post, but the text didn't come our right..Here's the link :
Training | MySolidWorks
Not to be "that guy" or any thing but I had it beat into me: 2x4 or 4x6 are lumber, 4x2 or 6x4 is metal.
I was just using that as an example, it was more the general principle of different sizes. My parts are more complicated and I didn't want to get into a long discussion of all the variables I had to deal with. Just wanted to get a general understanding of the process.
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