Can anyone explain how to create derived configurations in a design table?
I currently have two configurations with derived configurations but they were created before the design table was created
Welcome to SolidWorks forums Kurt.
To create a derived configuration with a design table:
The column header in a design table for controlling derived configurations uses this syntax: $PARENT. Check more details in help file
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I know this is an old thread, but I just tried this (many times), but I cannot get multiple configurations to be created in the table. I keep getting SW telling me that the table cannot be updated.
Again, something very very simple, and SW falls over like a drunken fool.
After mucking around with the table for a while, I discovered that making the same names under different configurations confuses the crap out of SW. God knows why they didn't have an extension name e.g. "DT-Derived\2\1.sldprt, DT-Derived\2\2.sldprt". You need to make discrete values... genuis!
I also can't believe I had to add the column " $PARENT " maunally. Why do 3D packages fails so badly with tables?
Few issues (some you already sorted out)
- You can not have same config names.
- You can not set 0 value
And I do not agree that this is SW flaws but correct behavior.
If you use the files in large assembly it would hard to track as which child config belongs to which parent. In other words if there same name people and their child is same name, it would hard to find their relationship without their sir name known..
It didn't start off as 0, SW kept changing it! Then, it keeps deleting/changing drawings. I've had to start again on one configuration, twice - Correct behaviour?
To get a way round this, I had to manually add a configuration, add the ones I wanted to the table, then delete the one I didn't want - Correct behaviour?
Could you please explain those issue as I'm not sure why SW would change.
If you are like me and just want to do it instead of reading about it, then I would create the derived configuration outside of the design table. Then, when you open the design table, SolidWorks should add the information for the new derived configuration. At that point, you can revise the derived configuration in the table or add new derived configurations by working from the one SolidWorks built.
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