Monday, February 21, 2011

Tips & Tricks: "link to the thickness" in solid

Have you ever wonder “link to the thickness” cut that we did in Sheet Metal can be applied to solid modelling? Here is the tip that I would like to share with you.
Most of the time, we have to perform an extrude cut, double click on the depth dimension and select link value, which involve few steps. This tips is to guide you how to link value when select the extrude feature.


Let’s say I build the model as shown above and I link one of the dimensions and name it as a “Thickness”. Don’t ask me why, but it works only with the word “thickness”. I try others but don’t seem working.

Next, I create one sketch to cut a hole and under Extrude Cut Property manager you can see there is a checkbox for “link to the thickness”. You won’t see this appear if you didn’t have the link value “thickness” done earlier.

 
Now the deep dimension is link to the “thickness”. I bet this is a great time saving feature for tools maker who often putting relation between dimension. Give a try..
Suhaila (suhaila@cadcam.com.my) beside a great singer, she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Her experiences in SolidWorks help to explore a lot of great tips and tricks to allow us to design faster.