Can we use equation to control mates? For example, I might have a two boxes, A and B, and I would like the distance between their top faces = 2×(height A + height B). Can we use equation to do this?
Yes. Apply the distance mate. Now double click on that to display the mate value. edit the value and add equation
I cannot get my dimension to show up in the model view, is there really no way to do it as I create the mate?
Can you double click on the mate OR model feature to show the dimensions?
Which version of SW you're suing?
It will help you to be able to click on the boxes dimensions to include them in your equations. Right-click Annotations in the FeatureManager and tick "Show all dimensions" (I think that's what its called, not at my PC, help me out here Deepak)
Ash that will show the feature dimensions, so it is much quicker to double click on the mate and then edit the value.
Yes but he wishes to equate the mate to the features dimensions. Its easier, for new users, to simply click on the dimension to add it into the equation at the appropriate place as he types in the mates dialog box
I think it's in the view menu / all annotations.
Deepak and Ash,
Deepak's way worked, and Ash's suggestion made it a lot quicker than having to key in the equation. Thanks a lot!
Got your point now as I re-read his question about adding the heights into the equation.
I am not sure where I go wrong while trying to follow the instructions above.
When I apply the 'Distance' constrain it only allows me to enter numeric values in the box. I can not use global variables..
(my global variables are read in from a .txt file in 'Equations', I use SW 2014 )
Any feedback would be much appreciated!
Create the distance mate as desired. Then double click on the distance mate and you would see the dimension. Double click on that dimension and in the edit box you can link the dimension to global variable.
Thank you Deepak, it worked perfectly!
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