1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 17, 2014 11:47 AM by Jamil Snead

    Automating the creation process

    Charles Fried

      Hello,

       

      So here's the scenario; my client wants to create a customized fridge magnet which will be 3D printed for an event with the name of each attendants written on each of them.

      I've done the design which she's happy with and I've also got a spreadsheet with all the name listed.

       

      Now how can can link each names on the spread to the text used in the extruded cut and export as an .stl?

       

      If this is not possible within Solidworks is it worth looking in an macro recorder such as "Automator" for Windows?

       

      I've most probably given more thoughts than this projects deserves but I feel like the process will become useful in the future.

       

      Thanks in advance for your help!

       

      Charles

        • Re: Automating the creation process
          Jamil Snead

          I think you can link sketch text to a custom property, and you can drive a custom property form a design table. So I'd suggest making a design table with a configuration for each name, then you can copy all of the names to the design table to drive a custom property, and use that property to define the text. Then you can probably easily find a macro to export all configurations of a part to separate STL files. I have a macro that does this for IGES and can easily be modified for STL if you have trouble finding one.