I'm being asked to provide the area, total perimeter (including interior holes) and thickness of a population of 500 sheetmetal parts modeled in SolidWorks.
I easily can get this information for any individual part by doing the following:
- Navigate to a specific part file and open it;
- Flatten the part;
- Engage the measurement tool and click on one face of the part to read out net area and total perimeter of the part;
- Use the measurement tool again to read out thickness of the part;
- Manually enter the information into a spreadsheet.
But that takes two to four minutes. And it is vulnerable to human error -- mine!
So does anyone know of a way to automate or radically shorten this process so that it is practical with a larger number of parts? Thanks!