I've went through all the tutorials using Design Tables and configurations but I'm looking for some real exercises to practice. Anyone know where I can find some of these? Thanks for any input.
Search for posts/examples by Mauricio Martinez-Saez. He has shared a lot of good stuff on this forum.
Have you looked at the Solidworks World portion of the forum?
There are presentations there on all kinds of topics. Including design tables.
I know I took one when I just went to SWW2011
Just a follow up question. Is there a rule of thumb as to when to use design table versus Configuration? I'm practicing for Exam 2 of CSWP and went thru all the exercises but was looking for more practice. I do not get a change to use DT because in our company there is only one version to a part (each part is unique). If the part is changed, we bump the dash number of the part. We never go back to an older version. Don't shoot the messenger.
Design tables are not in contrast to configurations, but rather assist in the
development of configurations.
Typically design tables are used to keep track of value changes. (i.e. lengths, diameters etc.)
and can include descriptions as well as color differences.
We use lots of configs all the time. One example of when I take the time to set up a DT is when I forsee that we will have more configs coming in the future. An example of this is the Gr. 5 hex head bolts. We have one file that has all the sizes that we use. To add a new config to the file is as simple as opening the DT and adding a line, generally by copying the next closest existing line. Then save that file to create another file for Gr. 8. The reason for saving out to start the new file is so you can swap them out in an assy and all the mates stick.
Another example is for RC sprockets. This one is a bit more complicated in that different sprockets can have different types of hubs, key & setscrews.
So basically, a DT makes sense when you either have a lot of commonality, or you want to use the functionality of Excel to manage the configs.
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