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North East SolidWorks User Conference

Configurations&
DesignTables
By: TomCote

Sr.MechanicalEng/CADManager
VeecoInstruments,SolarEquipmentGroup
CMNCSWUGCochair

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What you will see Today
WhatareConfigurations
Howtomanageconfigurationswithoutadesigntable
WhyuseaConfigurationsoraDerivedConfigurations

HowtocreateaConfiguration
AdvancedOptions
Whatisadesigntable
With&withoutadesigntable,editingintableorasaseparate Excelfile
Aneasywaytocreateadesigntable
When&howtousedesigntables
Commandsinsideadesigntable

WhatareDisplayStates
DifferencebetweenConfiguration&DisplayStates.
Whentouseoneortheother

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Configurations

Configurationsallowyoutocreatemultiple
variationsofapartoranassemblymodel
withinasinglefile.
Configurationsprovideaconvenientwayto
developandmanagefamiliesofmodelswith
differentdimensions,components,material,
propertiesorotherparameters.

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Part Configurations

PartlevelconfigurationsgiveSolidWorksthe
flexibilitytocontrol:
Dimensions&tolerancesthatchangeforpart
variations
DefineconfigurationspecificProperties
Suppressandresolvedifferentfeatures
Hideorshowdifferentfeatures
Assignmaterial
Setindividualfacecolors
ChangethesizeofHoleWizardholes
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Configurations

Thereareafewwaystoviewexisting
configurations.
GototheConfigurationManager tab
Oryoucansplit the
ConfigurationManager tabbydragging
thesplitbar
Drag the
split bar

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Derived Configurations

Derivedconfigurationsallowyoutocreateaparent
childrelationshipwithinaconfiguration.Bydefault,
allparametersinthechildconfigurationarelinkedto
theparentconfiguration.Ifyouchangeaparameter
intheparentconfiguration,thechange
automaticallypropagatestothechild.
Derived Configurations
are shown Indented in
Configuration list

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Creating Configurations

Thereareseveralwaystomakeconfigurations
insideofapartorassemblymodel.

Select < Creates a new


Configuration. >

OrthroughaDesignTable
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Configurations

Youcancreatestandardsforconfiguration
namesandbuildthemintoyourtemplates
Standardsforparts

StandardsforAssemblies

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Editing Configurations

RightMouseButton&SelectConfigure

Ordoublemouse
buttonselectonthe
dimension

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Configurations

SolidWorksdoesnotrequireyoutocreatea
designtable.
Youcaneditdimensionsandfeatureswithor
withoutadesigntable.
Note:Debuggingconfigurationproblemsare
muchmoredifficultwithoutadesigntable.

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Design Tables

Designtablesallowyoutocontrolthevariations
ofthepartsand/orassemblymodelsfroma
singleExcelbasedspreadsheet.
Designtablescanbeusedtocreatepartsand
assembliesthatarepowerful,flexible,andcanbe
usedtodocumentdesignintent.
Designtablescanalsobeusedtocreatemultiple
modelsorversionsfromthesamedocument,
changefeaturesize,ortosuppressunwanted
features.

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Creating Design Tables

Insertadesigntabletosetmultiple
configurationspecificcustomfilepropertiesat
onetime.
columnheadingsare$propnamecellshold
propertyvalues
ADesignTablecanbedeletedandtheproperties
remainset
ADesignTablecanbecopiedfromonepartfileto
another

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Creating a Design Tables

CreatingaDesignTable

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Creating Design Tables

Defaultdesigntableautomaticallycreatedby
SolidWorks
Dimension Name Feature
Name

Suppression
State

Configuration Name

Dimension Value

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Editing a Design Table

Feature Configuration
Manager Tab Manager Tab

Defined Active
Configuration Configuration

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Editing a Design Table

Addinganewconfigurationbydesigntable

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Adding a Dims to a Table

Doublemousebuttonselectonthedimension
toaddittothetableasavariable

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Configuring Hole Wizard

Changingholewizardsizesindifferent
configuration:
Editfeature,NOTConfigureFeature
WheninsertedinaDesignTablethename
changesfromthesizetoTappedHole
$hwsize

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Configuring Material

Youcanchangethematerialofapart
configurationbutnotinadesigntable.

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Naming Features & Dims

Designtablesshouldusenamedfeatures,
sketches,anddimensions.Thismakesthe
designtablereadable.Withoutcomments
andnamedfeatures,adesigntablecanbe
difficulttounderstandand/ormodify.

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Naming Dims and Features

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Assembly Configurations
Assemblylevelconfigurationsgive
SolidWorkstheflexibilitytocontrol:
Partlevelconfigurations
Partsuppression
Partvisibility
Suppressionstateofmates
Modificationofassemblyfeatures
Configurationspecificproperties
Valuesofdistance&anglemates
Usefacenamestoswapparts
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Assembly Configurations

Unsuppressonlythepartsthatyouneed!!
Referenceonlythelevelofdetailyouneed.
Makenewconfigurationstosuityourneeds!

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Assembly Configurations
Useconfigurations tocreatedifferent
versionsofamodel.Componentsare
differentfromoneconfigurationtoanother.
Forexample,youmightcreate:
Oneconfigurationthatusesmetalcomponentsandanother
thatusesplasticones.
Multipleconfigurationsthatusedifferentsizesofsimilar
components.
Configurationswiththeassembly'scomponentsindifferent
positions.
Asimplifiedconfigurationofamodelshuttingoffall
hardwaresothatthemodelopens,rebuildsandsavesfaster.
Asimplifiedconfigurationofamodelforuseinanalysis.
Inlargeassemblies,oneconfigurationwithfullyresolved
componentsandanotherwithlightweight components.

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Assembly Configurations

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Design Table in an Assy

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Assemblies

Folders(suppress&resolve)
Mates,ChangeDims
Mates(suppress&resolve)
Fixed/Floatofapart
PickingdifferentConfigs ofapart

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Variables in a Design Table, Assemblies &
Parts

ThereisachartintheSolidWorkshelpthatshows
theparametersavailableinadesigntable.

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Questions????

Tom Cote
tom@cmnc-swug.com
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