Learn how to add to existing design tables.
- [Instructor] In this video we're going to be taking a look at working with and adding to design tables. The first thing I want to point out is a review of adding and working with that design table and what we want to start with is over here you notice I have changed the name of this BOSS feature here so I've change it to MAIN_BOSS and directly below that is the sketch which I've renamed as well. And you can easily rename sketches as well as features by just kind of clicking twice over the name and then change it to whatever you want and then click anywhere else and you'll save that name.
Alright, let's go ahead and jump into that sketch and in here you can see we've got a few different dimensions, so I'll going to click normal tools. I'm looking straight down there. If you click on this one over here, notice I've changed the name over here to HEIGHT@BOSS, so because we've already named that sketch BOSS, it automatically gives it that name even if you just type in height, like over here I have height. If I cut that out of there I can just delete everything in here. If I just type in height for instance, click anywhere else, then it's going to automatically add the @BOSS, so it's pretty straightforward and easy there. Same thing down here. This one is going to be the WIDTH@BOSS, so it's good idea to just kind of name these something that makes sense so you know where it is in your design table.
Once you've named a couple of those, let's go ahead and exit out of the sketch and go ahead and start a design table, so I'm going to go to Insert, Tables, Design Table. Alright, I'm going to go ahead and use the auto create function, click on OK and here's my design table. Now, I have the option of bringing all of these different features and dimensions into the design table. However, I only want to bring in the ones that I have named. The other ones I don't really care about or don't really need, so I'm going to hold down control and just go ahead and select all of these but the last one I'm actually purposely not going to choose so I'm going to just not bring in that thickness for right now and go ahead and click on OK.
Alright, now we've automatically created a design table. Looks pretty good and if you want to make a new configuration, all you need to do is put a unique name down here, so I'm going to say NEW and then go ahead and create a couple of these dimensions but you can also if you didn't want to do that, you could actually select this row, pull it down one and then go over and hit control D for down and what that does is it does a fill down command but notice we also have this default name which has been copied as well, so you want to go ahead and rename this.
I'm going to change that back to the NEW, so here's NEW and notice right now we have the same dimensions, so let's go ahead and change one of those dimensions. We can change the size of our object and go ahead and click anywhere outside of that and click on OK. SolidWorks has added that NEW configuration and if we come over here we can click on the Configuration Manager and we should see NEW. There its is. Okay, now if we want to go back and add that thickness to our design table, we have the ability to go back and modify these tables and there's a couple pretty good ways to do that but first things first, let's go ahead and click on the twirl down and here's my design table.
Let's go ahead and right click on it and we have a couple options. One is Edit Table, the other one is Edit Table in New Window and sometimes if you're adding things to your table, it makes it easier to actually look at it as a separate window. Let's go ahead and do that one, so Edit Table in New Window and that's going to open up a full version of Microsoft Excel. We have the option of adding in color, description, a part number and I'm not going to do that, so just click on OK and you can see now we're in Excel. Right, now what I'm going to do is I'm going to split the window so I can see both Excel as well as SolidWorks.
Alright, so to do that I'm going to go ahead and minimize this down here, minimize this over here and let's go ahead and just go ahead and pull this one out a little bit, snap this to the corner there and then let's drag this over just a little bit. Do that one more time. Alright, now that we have the two windows, we can easily see Excel as well as SolidWorks. What I want to do is add a new column, so over here in SolidWorks, we're going to go ahead and click on this feature over here which is this MAIN_BOSS and if I click on it a couple times, you can see all these dimensions pop up.
Now, over here in Excel, it actually automatically grabbed this one feature here, the state and that's okay if you want to leave that in there but I want to add this new column, so click on the field or the column directly above where your information's going to be down here and then just go ahead and double click the dimension you want to bring in. Now notice as I double click that thickness dimensions it automatically brought in thickness at main, this value here for wherever that is and it automatically is already one. So, you can go ahead and then copy these down using that filled down technique which is just control D and then as far as the thickness on this one, I'm going to go ahead and change it to two.
Once you're happy with that, you can exit out of Excel which will take you back over to SolidWorks. Let's go ahead and expand that back out and now you can see we've got a new configuration and we've added that thickness to this part. If you want to jump back into that configuration one more time, you can actually this time open it just inside of SolidWorks, Edit Table, and now you can easily see the table's been updated and you have the ability to then control the thickness of your part also from the table.
First, see how to how to use the sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, look at extruding and revolving 3D features; creating complex objects using the Sweep, Loft, and Surface tools; and modifying parts. Learn how to create uniform holes with the Hole Wizard, and explore more advanced modeling techniques using equations, mirroring, and pattern tools. Then review best practices for putting parts together in assemblies and building robust structures. The course wraps up tips for creating detailed drawings that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer, complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes.
- Working with templates
- Creating sketches
- Extruding and revolving features
- Applying materials
- Sketching lines, shapes, and polygons
- Trimming, extending, and transforming geometry
- Adding fillets and chamfers
- Working with planes and coordinates
- Creating patterns
- Modeling advanced parts
- Making holes
- Designing with blocks
- Building assemblies
- Mating parts
- Linking sketches
- Using design tables
- Creating part and assembly drawings
- Creating dimensions
- Adding annotations