View Full Version : Solidworks Parameters

07-04-2011, 04:10 PM
Does Soliworks have an equivalent of Inventor parameters, table driven parts and/or table driven iParts. I found these very useful, a good tutorial on their solidowrks equivalents would be great.

Also, does anyone know how to mirror a part. The mirror function in assembly doesn't actually create a mirror image part.

Aren Siekmeier
07-04-2011, 06:05 PM
http://help.solidworks.com/2011/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/LegacyHelp/Sldworks/Parts/Mirror_Part.htm is a Solidworks tutorial on creating a Mirror Part. I've done this once or twice, although I seem to remember having some difficulty with the process... Not sure, though, so you could try that.

All I can think of in terms of parameters is equation driven dimensions that act off of global variables shown in the hierarchy tree. It's been a while since I've played with that, and I don't currently have Solidworks installed, so sorry I can't give a more detailed walkthrough. Somehow you create a global variable, and then when you smart dimension something there is the option to make a new equation for that dimension. You might have to look around a bit.

Hope that helps. Hopefully someone else comes along and knows a bit more about those specific features.

07-04-2011, 10:13 PM
Look into Design Tables (http://help.solidworks.com/2010/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/LegacyHelp/Sldworks/Configuration/Creating_Configurations_with_a_Design_Table.htm?id =d325010efff6402ea69e6e51888a3874#Pg0). They allow you to specify parameters in an embedded Excel file (you must have Excel installed to use them). We have a few generic gear files that allow us to create gears of any pitch, width, pressure angle or tooth count just by changing a few numbers.