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Configuration specific dimension issue.

Question asked by Eddie Pellegrin on Jul 26, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 6, 2013 by Eddie Pellegrin

Anyone having this issue? Or possibly know if we are doing something wrong?


At our company, we use Solidworks 2013 SP. 3 alongside with EPDM SP. 3 to protect and

control our released and approved drawings. We have certain parts (example: spring)

that we can really benefit from using the configuration specific dimension feature. For

example, a spring has a free length and a compressed length, and we can configure these

lengths inside the spring part file to be able to use these configurations in our top

assembly. We only have to create the features for one length and then tell Solidworks to

use a different dimension for the other configuration. The problem that Solidworks is

causing with this is that Solidworks wants to rebuild and save the part file when you switch

configurations. This becomes a problem because we can finalize and approve our spring

and it can no longer be modified or checked out, however if used in another assembly, we

will get rebuild flags each time we use different configurations of that spring. Solidworks

should be able to know that although you are switching configurations, the part is still the

original part and is only changing to the dimensional information that was already inside

the part.