I am trying to use a global variable to scale a part. According to the SolidWorks Help, I should be able to add an equation in the PropertyManager field, but it will not allow this for the Scale feature. Is there a way to do this?
im curious about this too, i was under the impression that sw used its own form of 'measurement' and that it doesnt really matter what system you select(imperial,etc)...
Sorry to reply to an old thread, but I was just trying to make model with the scale factor driven by a global variable for thermal expansion. It looks like there is no way to do this but there is an SPR for this functionality: SPR# 785282
I just thought this was an odd omission, since most features allow you to easily link them to variables. Having the scale be driven by an equation or variable would be extremely useful in at least two applications where I work. We use the scale operation for modeling our ceramics in a pre-fired "green" state and for modeling thermal expansion of parts and assemblies. Also, having the scale factor linked to a global variable would make it easier to call out parametrically on a 2d drawing.
I'm sure this is in vain, but I'm hoping maybe more people would like this functionality too. Also, if anybody has any tips for a workaround, I'd be all ears. Thanks!
Try using design table to link the scale feature value with the variable. For controlling scale directly via DT, check method 2 here: SOLIDWORKS: Controlling Scale Features in Configurations
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