Using Top-Down Design & workshop drawings

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Jonathan Kreider, May 18, 2004.

  1. I've got a series of weldments that I'd like to model with a design
    table - top down approach as described by Rob Lemmen on this forum on

    I've been successful in using this top down method to create the
    geometry and the design table and the configurations that I want. What
    I've not been able to figure out is how create workshop drawings of the
    various configurations.

    The assembly consists of four sheet metal channels which are modeled
    in-place using an assembly sketch to drive the geometry. I'm using a
    design table to change the size of the channels and hole locations.

    When I create a drawing, I can choose the configuration of the assembly,
    but I can't find a way to display the configurations of the component
    parts. I assume this is because the component information exists only
    at the assembly level.

    How can I drive the configuration information in the assembly design
    table down into the individual component parts?

    Or is there another way I should be doing this?

    My goal is to be able to enter parameters for a new configuration in a
    design table and easily publish workshop drawings without having to
    create a whole family of files for each configuration. I recognize I'll
    need to have a separate drawing file for each configuration, but I was
    hoping it would stop at that.

    Jonathan Kreider, May 18, 2004
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