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In 2012 the closest thing you can do is have a master part. Then make a new part / assembly and insert the part. Merge then make your changes. It's not like you're use to in solidworks. Ijust got 2014 and they have it like sw configurations.
See you at the shop
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Reply 3# warrensb
Warren and Tim,
There is about a 3 minute video on YouTube that shows this new functionality in ZW3D 2014. It's very much like in the mid-range modelers. Assign configuration names and turn on and off features at the part level, control dimensions of features at the part level, choose which configuration you want to use in drawing views, and choose which configuration you want to use in an assembly.
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I have been playing around with the new config tool. It doesn't allow me to enter sketch dimensions. Only what is driven within the geometry command. Also, it appears they left it in metric.
More testing on the way.
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They did not show in the video how you can configure sketch dimensions. Lets pretend for example you've created a block. You then extrude a pocket into the block. Your desire in different configurations is to change both the size and/or location of the pocket. You must first display the dimensions at the part level. After you leave the sketch level and after you complete the extrusion at the part level either double click on the feature in the manager or in the document aware toolbar click on the dimension/on/off icon. You can then with dimensions showing select one or more dimensions, right click and choose configure dimension. This will put those dimensions in the configuration table. A bit clumsy but it does work.
The following is for ZWSOFT tech support to look at:
I had previously missed this but yes as you experienced also they have some work to do as it absolutely does when your working in inches put only metric equivalents of inch dimensions in the configuration table.
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The workaround I have used is add a variable for each sketch dimension. I can't add the sketches directly but I CAN add the variables. Also, the variables are all (x)25.4 so they come out in inches. I just made a part with 5 different options and a drawing and it worked. I will try again getting sketches directly to the configuration manager. I tried and tried how the video shows but it's not working.
Next post. The CAM bugs. Oy Vey!
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I'm able to accomplish everything that's in the video. The problem is that the video only shows adding features and the dimensions that drive the size of features if you for example use the box command in the shape tab or the hole command in the shape tab. The video does not show adding dimensions to the table that drives the location of the features. For example in my previous description I locate the corner of the pocket a certain dimension in X and Y from the origin. In the case of creating the pocket with the extrude command the only thing the extrude command controls is the depth (start and end depths). The size and location of the pocket is driven by 4 dimensions created at the sketch level. The X pocket length, a Y pocket height, and to locate the pocket an X dimension from the origin to the corner of the pocket and a Y dimension from the origin to the pocket. You have to be able to add these dimensions that you create at the sketch level to the configuration table. So you from the part level show these dimensions you created at the sketch level, right click, and choose configure dimension. It sends them to the configuration table.
I also did experiment with and I like your workaround of creating a variable to convert to inches. This needs fixed though as you should not have to convert dimensions to variables.
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I couldn't get sketch dimensions in to config.
And I couldn't get variables to regen correctly in an assembly.
IMO adding sketch dims needs to be much easier from the config. table.
A lot of my work is with models created in older versions so I am wondering if that contributes to my challenges...
Another issue I haven't figured out is how to change the part config from within 2D? You can set if if you are very savvy on adding a view - needs to be more obvious than it is, but after that I do not see any option for changing it.
If we could duplicate a drawing sheet then change the config within the sheet. Then making numerous version drawings would be a cinch.
Config used needs to be available as variable for inclusion in 2D templates. Why it is not is a mystery. Makes me wonder sometimes...
Cheers - Paul
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Very glad to hear that you were able to accomplish adding dimensions to the panel.
In my opinion the workflow to get there is a bit clumsy.
If we need to go through all these hoops and experienced users can't make it work then there is room for improvement.
This is common for the the initial adding of such an important capability and I'm confident that ZWSOFT will listen and simplify the workflow.
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correct again. New feature - learning curve - refinement.
I tagged the sketch dimensions I wanted but could not find the tags. I will try again when I have the time.
Tagged dims could appear in a list which would simplify the process.
Equally , I can open the history of a feature, then pick the dimension I want from there as well as the graphical.
Cheers - Paul
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About inch unit problem, it will be fixed ASAP.
On current version, we cann't directly get the dimension information from the model or the sketch exceprt for the varibale setting.
This is the first version for part configuration. It will be continue to optimized.
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