Essentially I want the same thing as the "Angular Running Dimension" only in inches not degrees. I'm using Solidworks 2018.
I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean when you said you want inches instead of degrees. Do you want lengths of portions of the outside of the circle? Maybe you could post a screenshot explaining?
Yes. I want my guys to be able to put there tape at one spot and go around the tank and mark where they need to cut without moving the tape or converting degrees to inches. Below is what I'm after. Right now its a completely manual process.
The best I can think of off the top of my head would be to add sketched arc segment to the drawing view, making the ends coincident to the features of the model, add a driven arc length dimension, and then add a Note at the end of the center line that's linked back to the dimension. Hide the dimension and move the sketched arc to to a Layer that's turned off when you're done, and repeat for each. That's a laborious process, but at least it would be parametric so that it would update if the model changed. Maybe that's what you're doing now?
That's basically what I'm doing now. Its tedious and while the sketch may update when a change is made to the model the notes don't. So I then have to make sure I update the note any time i make a change.
If you link your notes to the dimension, the note should update..
Just edit a note and select a dimension (while in the note editor).
I didn't know I could do that. That helps a lot. I guess Glenn did mention it but it didn't click in my head. That's a little better than how I was doing it. Thanks guys!
As Dan Pihlaja said, when you're in the Note, click on a dimension to add it in the Note. It will keep the link so that if the dimension updates to reflect a model change the Note will update also. Just make sure you hide the dimension instead of deleting it after linking it to the Note. That's what I meant above when I typed "a Note at the end of the center line that's linked back to the dimension".
I see that now. It didn't register in my head because I didn't know you could do that. That helps, thanks!
About the best you are going to get (as far as I know) is using arc length dimensions around whatever circle you have.
See point 3 in this article:
Five Great Smart Dimension Tips for Sketch and Drawings
Dan, I've used that in the past but most times that makes for a very cluttered drawing. Thanks though.
This would make a great enhancement request, if you can submit it and report back the SPR number as and when it's generated that would be ace.
This is the number it gave me
Keep an eye on it. They should assign it an SPR number eventually. Once they do, then we can vote on that SPR. The ER number is just an internal number for you and them.
Ok thanks, Ive never done one before, wasn't sure what number you needed.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing it Erica!
You got my vote.
Erica, I have to agree with Dan and his first comment .. It seems like the way to go and ends up fully parametric which is a win in my book.
If it's too cluttered looking when all is said and done why not pull off an additional sheet with a detail view simply showing the distances alone? IDK, just another thought ... Good luck with it.
John, that's a company thing. They don't like having lots of views. They want as much information crammed in as few views/details as possible.
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