I am using Solidworks 2010.
I have created a weldment of a bent part. I use the weldment feature to get the total length automatically. Using a sweep means that I have to do additional work to get the total length.
In this case, the form is 3/4 of a rectangle. At one end, the customer end point is right next to the end of a bend segment. I need to have extra material for the bender to grip the tube. That's easy enough.
Next, I need to create a trim line for the shop to cut after bending. Normally I create a plane where I want the line, sketch a circle that encloses the part I want the line on and make a planar surface. Then I use the planar surface to make a split line.
On my last part, the total lenght in weldment properties is listed as 154 11/16". The sum of the dimensions added manually is 163 3/8".
If the roll-bar bar is moved above the split line and surface plane features, the total length in the weldment properties is listed as 163 3/8"
I didn't think that the split line affected the solid body or the total length.
What am I doing wrong?