I have scaled a part and now I want to use the Model Items to speed up the dimensioning in the drawing. Is there anyway to have Model Items show the actual (scaled) dimensions on the drawing view?
Is there any other way to do this?
Is there anyway to have Model Items show the actual (scaled) dimensions on the drawing view?
No. You will have to enter them manually. That is the downside to using the SW Scale tool.
Has Scale been used for a moulded part to allow for shrinkage?
The ModelRescaler macro at http://www.lennyworks.com/solidworks/default.asp?ID=20 can be used to scale the actual dimensions of a model, and those dimensions can be called up by the Model Items method. However, using this macro will not retain the original size model.
Yes Molding. I need to retain the original dims.
Thank you much.
How about using the design table and create configurations
How would this work in the scenario described above?
Include all dimensions in the DT. Now for another configuration, multiple them by the scaling factor.
Have you tried this and have an example handy? I'd like to see it function.
Perhaps on a basic solid, like a framework or something simple, but on a Molded Part? I doubt it.
I spent two plus years working for a company that produced, among other things, Washer Fluid Bottles. These are usually near the last item to be squeezed into an engine compartment during the design phase. Hideous looking solids. The simple answer above could not drive all the required dimensions to accurately scale these parts. (without becoming somethig monsterous and very time consuming.)
typical example above
I think that would be quite easy ...
Include ALL controlling dimensions into a DT
Add a scale factor into a separate cell
Create an equation using that scale for each dimension for the new config
That's basically how the macro from LennyWorks works.
Kelvin Lamport wrote: Add a scale factor into a separate cell
Kelvin Lamport wrote:
You can add the factor/equation in the dimension cell itself.
Agreed ... but if you want to change the scale factor, having to change it in only one place would be much easier than changing it in every cell.
Yes and I had been thinking the same after I replied
The scaling isn't the issue I was thinking of.
It would be nice if every part we every had to touch was completely designed with fore thought as to what has to be done "down the road", but that isn't always (read as almost never) how things are.
If I am involved from beginning to end, I can control things more. If I get a part/model handed off to me and am told to do thus and such with it, I need to make it work.
Some deisgners adopt a "whatever it takes to make it work" attitude to their approach. a simple multiplier applied to all dimensions may not work.
Alan Stoldt wrote: The simple answer above could not drive all the required dimensions to accurately scale these parts.
Alan Stoldt wrote:
The simple answer above could not drive all the required dimensions to accurately scale these parts.
I agree with you Alan. This might be tedious or difficult for complicated parts. But a mix use of macro might be helpful.
Yes, as I stated, simple vs complex.
Is there a macro that would scale a part non-uniformly? e.g. 2X in X-direction, 3X in Y direction? Including the correct applies to Helixes.
Thank you in advance,
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