I too have had the same problem and I'm using 2012 so this feature has been broken for a long time.
Thomas Smith wrote: Does DimXpert support datums based on a patterns of features, most commonly a pair of holes? When I place a datum on a hole in a hole pattern it is only attached to the single hole and doesn't attach to the dimension / feature control frame.
Thomas Smith wrote:
This has never been possible to do with dimxpert, we've started calling it dumbxpert in our shop. Nobody seems to know if solidworks is even allocating development resourses to this module anymore.
I received the following from SolidWorks on this issue through my reseller.
Thank you for contacting SolidWorks Technical Support. Sorry for the delay it has been a crazy week here for tech support.
I have been able to confirm this issue. This has actually been reported in the attached SPR 703922 (Unable to attach Datum to the GTOL or dimxpert size dimension (created using pattern).). The customer will be notified when this is fixed.
Two different workarounds I could recommend are:
Further, I spoke with a director of product management at Dassault responsible for SolidWorks definition and DimEx will be getting some needed attention in the future. Model based definition is the future and dimension expert is a part of that.
It's too bad there wasn't some kind of industry feedback panel that one could become involved with. I 'attempt' to use this module almost every day I am modeling, if I tried to submit an enhancement request everytime I ran across a bug with how it works I would never get any work done. I've come up with several work arounds, some elegant some ugly as sin to get my work done, any every new release I have to see whats new thats broken or if my work arounds still work.
Hey Oboe Wu. We just ran into this problem ourselves (we're using SW 2017 SP4.1) and the SPR 703922 that is mentioned above still shows that it is open. Does the 2018 release that you mention in the Engineers Rule article below correct this issue, or is it still limited in some way? We're wondering if moving to 2018 sooner-rather-than-later is a solution to our problem or not?
Thanks for asking, William.
This was added in SOLIDWORKS 2018.
Below is an example. It works with both manual and automatic dimensioning.
Thanks Oboe, we'll look into installing to SW2018 next week!
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