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Is it possible to automate measurement of sheet metal parts for 100s of files?

Question asked by Matthew Friedlander on Feb 14, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 14, 2014 by Anna Wood

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!