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Editable "property" that propagates across multiple files (SW Student Ed.)

Question asked by Joseph Lopez on Dec 24, 2014
Latest reply on Dec 26, 2014 by Habib Ghalamkari

Hello All,


I'm a little bit new to solidworks and I'm working on my first big project.  I'm building an assembly composed of laser-cut parts that have pegs and notches that rest into one another to provide mechanical connection between the individual pieces.  All of the pieces will be cut from a single sheet of material, but I want to have flexibility in material choices and be able to pick from materials of different thicknesses.  The problem is, as the material thickness changes, so too will the notch sizes.  IE. the notch height = 1.01 x material thickness


Is there a way where I can specify a variable, "material thickness", in all of my parts, create an assembly, then at a later date change the material thickness and have that propagate into the other parts?  I've seen talk of Solidworks PDM, but I'm not sure I have access to the Enterprise lever features with Student Edition.