any former NX users out there that can tell me if desighn tables can do the same thing as "part family" function in version NX4 and newer?
I used Nx2 and unless it changed a great deal, you simple built an Excel table with variable dimensions and it created a part family of files.
SolidWorks is similar.....you build the Excel design table with variables and properties and features you wish to control. You can use Excel formulas as well. Then it creates the configurations. The biggest difference is that NX creates separate files for each family member where in SolidWorks, its all in one file. Much more manageable IMO.
i need to be able to create those indavidual files and have them linked back to the master file for programing reasons. i don't think solidworks can pull it off. am i missing something?
You could manually insert the part into another part and tell it which configuration to reference.....not sure I'd recommend that method as it's very time-consuming. What are you using to do the programming?
You could create a macro to save the configurations as separate part files....I think there's one floating around here somewhere. They wouldn't be linked back though.
Jason Capriotti wrote:The biggest difference is that NX creates separate files for each family member where in SolidWorks, its all in one file.
Jason Capriotti wrote:
The biggest difference is that NX creates separate files for each family member where in SolidWorks, its all in one file.
Is this still true in 2020? There are times I need individual files, not a configuration of a single file.
Still the same. You can save configurations out to files now but they aren't linked. If you want them linked you would have to insert the master part with its configurations until new parts with a link to the configuration. That would be a lot of work though unless you write a macro/api program. Just curious, what's the reason?
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