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SOLIDWORKS Class 10 : Design Tables and Configurations

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9 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Class Series Intro

    • 2. Intro to Design Tables and Configurations

    • 3. The Download Section

    • 4. Establishing a Design Table

    • 5. Modifying an Established Design Table

    • 6. Configurations

    • 7. Group Exercise

    • 8. Student Projects

    • 9. Section Conclusion

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About This Class

Welcome to our tenth SOLIDWORKS Class covering Design Tables and Configurations. This class is the first of our SOLIDWORKS Class Series which consists of 12 short classes ranging from 15 mins to 1.5 hrs. The series will take you from knowing nothing about SOLIDWORKS to the Certified Professional Level (CSWP).In this specific class, you will learn the following:

  • What are design tables and how to set them up. 
  • What are the advantages of using design tables.
  • How to modify a design table.
  • How to add variables to design tables.
  • How to include suppressed and un-suppressed features in a design table.
  • How to add configurations to an existing model.

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1. Class Series Intro: welcome to our solid works class. My name is taste here and I will be leading you through this class. I myself have been an avid, solid works user for the last eight years. I have also been working in training and instructional design for the last five years. Combining those two experiences we designed and produced the best solid work course there is. This is, of course, as testified by the 4000 plus students we trained on using solid works. Today we're super excited to bring this training to you. This class is a part of our larger solid Works class series. This series consists off 12 short classes or sections to take you from knowing nothing about solid works to the 35 associate level C S W A. Siri's will then continue to take you from the certified associate level to the certain parts professional level CS WP Each of those classes has its own standalone learning objectives, which you can learn in the description. You can also download the contents outline for the whole class Siris in the download section. This is in case he would like to jump from one class to another. We will be using the learning by doing approached to conduct this class. So whenever we're learning something new will be directly using it to build something with it, be it a sketch apart. A drawing or an assembly way will walk you through a step by step to make sure you understand any new concept we introduce. We will also provide you with project work, reinforce the skills we learn together. So who should take this class series? Basically, anyone wanting to get started with solid works for wanting to advance his or her solid work skills toe an advanced level. Those could be engineers, designers, makers or hobbyist. So if you fall in those categories, this class Siri's has something for you. You don't need any prior knowledge to start the series. You just need to be ready to learn, so let's get started. 2. Intro to Design Tables and Configurations: welcome to the design tables on configuration section. In this section, we will learn how to create multiple variations off the same model. Using designed tables and configurations, we will learn what are designed tables, how to set them up on how to modify them. We will also learn how to manually create different configurations off a certain model. As usual, we will do practical hands on practice with each feature, and we will leave you with homework to polish and reinforce your skills. So let's get started with design tables on configurations. 3. The Download Section: in this video, we're going to tell you about the download section. So with every one of our classes, we have a download section which includes files for you to download. Those files will help you follow up in our lectures and help you gain hands on experience which we designed this course about. So here we are, in our first solid works class, class, war, interface and navigation. And if I go to the about section, you'll have information about the class, the learning objectives and down below them. You will have the down low section on this download section Link will basically take you to our Dropbox, where we have prepared or the downloads that goes along this class off I click on the link , open a new top and take us to our Dropbox. And here in the drop box, we have Class one interface and navigation, and they have two folders for I switched to the list display. I'm gonna have two folders as you've seen earlier. One cos lecture Fife on the other companies lecture seven on the one at the beginning. Indicates the class numbers 1.5 indicates that this is for a class number one, which is interface and navigation on a lecture number five, which is the command bar, canvas and design tree. And the easiest way to download those folders is to go to the top right corner and you'll see a download option. So if I click on that and then click on direct download, the browser will automatically download all those folders in a say file. And here they are. If I click on this, you will have to folders for lectures number five and seven, and each of those folders would have additional materials that supplement learning for that particular lecture. So that was all about download section. Now get yourself ready for the next video lecture where we would actually start presenting instructional materials. 4. Establishing a Design Table : In this lecture, we will explore designed tables. Designed tables are an efficient way to create multiple configurations off the same model. Using Microsoft Excel to less rate designed tables, we will create the following model. After that, we will create the following configurations out of it. Using a design table, you can don't know the drawing on the design table specifications from the download sexual linked to this lecture. So let's get started. First, we'll make sure our measurement system is set to millimeter, which is the case now. We're going to create our first block, so I'm going to select the top lane, create a rectangle and also a triangle on top of it. Now I'll go to smart dimensions are said this to 80 this to 70 on this 1 to 50 now notice in the drawing. We have a name for this dimension, and that name is Etch One. So in the field, on top, off the measurement, I can write at one. We're going to use those names to make designed tables easier for us. So now we're done with naming and measurement gonna play croquet. So now that I have fully defined my sketch I'm going to extruded boss to make the extrusion . The thickness of the Cube is 50. So I'm going to increase this to 50 and then under selected counters because we have to closed loops. I'll have to select them. So this is one. This is the other one. And after I select both regions, I want to extraordinary came click. Ok, now this is our first shape notice in the drawing, we have another name for the 50 we just gave, which is thickness. So I can rename that by clicking on this extrusion and I will see this 50 here. And if I click on it, I will see the name value here. So I want this to be thickness, So I'm going to write in thickness on the game. Those names will help us when we create our design tables. Now I can't create the key, the square in the middle. So I'm going to select this plane for a sketch and I was catch a square on the edge off the square is 20 because it's a square. Both sides are equal to each other, so I'm gonna set that up. Those two sides have unequal relation. This 20 has a name as well. So to name it, I can click on the dimension again on here. I can change this into the name we have, which is key and then click. OK, then I'll do the cut so I'll go back to features. I'm going to extort, cut on our cut through all and click. OK, so now we have our base or default models set. I can go ahead and create my design table for this model to create a design table I can go to insert on the top on I go to tables on RCN option for design tables. So I'm gonna go ahead and click on that. You'll find some options here for the source were always going to be starting with all to create, which is selected by default. So I'm going to leave that on and click OK. When I do that, I get a list off names off all the dimensions I have in the model as specified in this exercise, we only want to specify different measurements for each one sickness and key and those are the three variables we actually defined by name. And this is where it gets easier because now I can see at one thickness and key. If I do not rename them, I'll have the whole list going like D one d two D three d four and I will be confused which dimension I want to use for the design table. So I'm going to select which one and then click control in the keyboard and said like, thickness on key and then click. OK, now you notice we have Excel opened on the side. So what we can do now is use the design table we have in the drawing to define different configurations. So we have configuration number 1234 for configuration one. Each one is 30 the thickness 50 and the key Dimension ISS 60. So now I will simply go ahead and fill out the stable. Now I'm done filling the table. I can just click outside the domain off the table and I will get this message here. The message basically says, I have created four different configurations of this model. On the names of those configurations are 123 and four. So I'm gonna click OK and then go to the stop over here, says configuration manager. If I click on it, you will notice I have four configurations, and those are the ones I created from the design table and the default configuration, which we created manually at the start. So let's check this out for I want to see the first configuration. I can double click on it. This is my first configuration. My 2nd 1 looks like this. 3rd 1 looks like this on the 4th 1 Looks like this. So just now we have used designed tables to create four additional versions off the default model we created at first, and this was using an Excel sheet. If we do not have designed tables, we would have probably created five different models in five different files to create this variety off versions. So why we're here? You can go ahead and experiment a bit more with design tables 5. Modifying an Established Design Table: In this lecture, we will explore how to modify a design table. In the previous lecture, we created this model with the specified design table, assuming you have provided your work to your client, supervisor, wife, husband or whoever you're working for, then they ask you to do the following modifications. First, to modify Configuration three by making each one equal to 20 millimeters on the thickness equal to 30 millimeters. Second, to add a new configuration configuration five with each one and thickness off. Five millimeters on a key dimension off two millimeters and third is to remove the key slot from configurations two and four. So let's go ahead and implement those changes. If you do not have this model, you can don't know that from the download section. Link to this lecture to modify a design table will first go to the configuration manager. Once we go there will see a folder called Tables, and if he expand that, I'm going to see designed table, and that is the table we created earlier to modify it. I can simply right click on click on Add It table, so I'm gonna go ahead and click OK on, then I'm going to get the same excel sheet back up. So now let's go ahead and implement the changes we want. 1st 1 is to modify Configuration three so I can go to configuration three. Now we have to modify each 1 to 20. So this is a one. I'm going to change that to 20 and change the thickness through 30 millimeters. So I go to thickness and I'll just type in 30. On by this, we have completed the first requested change, which is to modify a configuration. The second records to change is to add a configuration. So I'm gonna go ahead and go below configuration for and just add in a new role with the new configuration. So I'm gonna call this five as requested. Which one equals 25 millimeter thickness is also equal to five on the key dimensions equal to sure. And by this we are done from the second requested modification, which is to add a new configuration. The third requested modification is to remove the keys lot from configuration to and four. The key slot is basically this whole recreated in the middle. To do that, I'm going to go back to my design tree on the key slot is basically the second feature I implemented, which is cut extrude one. So I want to add this feature here in the design table on when I do that, I can specify where this feature should be applied and where it should be suppressed to add this cut extraordinary one feature to the design tree. I will first select the title location which is here in the top on, then double click on the feature at the design tree by double click and cart extrude. I'm going to see a new column that is being added and this column specified the state off the cut Extraordinary one feature. What I want to do is to remove this feature from configuration so and four so I can go to configuration two and type in the letter s. The letter s basically stands for suppressed and I will do the same for configuration. For if I leave the south empty, it will be by definition, on un suppressed feature. I can also type in the letter you which is shortcut for un suppressed. So let's go ahead and check out those changes. So I'm going to click outside the table. Um, and the changes on again, I get this message telling me I've created a new configuration configuration five, which is what we want Now. If I go back to the configuration manager first changes. We'll see as there is a Configuration five, which is added, If I double click on it, you will see the model for that configuration. We have also modified configuration three so I can go ahead and check that out again. As you can see, the modifications have been applied to this configuration. The third change we made was to remove the keys lot from configurations two and four. So if I go to configuration to you will notice there is no key slot on the same thing from configuration. For however, the other configurations still have the key slot. So this completes our lecture on modifying a design table. You can go ahead and experiment with that by adding new configurations on modifying existing ones 6. Configurations: In this lecture, we will explore configurations without the use off designed tables. With that, we will be able to create versions off one model without having to create more than one file. To illustrate this, we will create the following model. Then we will create the following configurations off that model. You can don't know the drawings for those models from the download section linked to the structure. So let's get started first will convert the measurement system into inches, and now I will create my default configuration. So I'll start with the top lane and create the base rectangle. This dimension here six inches and this other dimension is two inches, and then the whole thing is extruded 2.3 inches. Now I'm going to draw the hole in the middle. The diameter of the hole is one inch. Then I'm going extraordinaire. Cut through all on. This completes my default configuration. Now I will go ahead and create configuration A, which is a variation off the default configuration we just created and to create this additional configuration will go to the configuration manager on, then right click on the part number on select our configuration when I do that, I'm going to get those options. Configuration name is a something type in a description I can write. Whatever I want are going to write Hall on the left and they click. OK, now we can see that a new configuration a appear on the green check mark indicate that we are inside that configuration. So I'm gonna go ahead and create this additional hole on the left. I said like this plane and then started You sketch and I will draw the whole that they ometer is 0.75 inches the distance between the centre and the edge. He's one inch on the center, off the holes, his horizontally. So this fully defined the sketch gonna go ahead and extraordinary, but this through all as well. So now I have completed configuration A. If I go back to my default configuration, you will see that the whole actually disappears. If I go back to configuration A, it's gonna be the same model with the exception that we have this additional hole, which we just created. So now I'm gonna go ahead and start creating configuration be on. I'm going to start that configuration from configuration a. So I'm gonna have this configuration is selected and then add a new configuration going to call this configuration be and click OK, now I'll create the other hole on the other side. On the whole has the same specifications as the 1st 1 so that the amateur is point 75 inches on. The distant to the edge is one inch. There is our results relationship between the center off two holes. Now we'll do the cut through all and click OK now I have created three configurations and we can go back and review them. The default configuration has only one hole in the middle configuration A has two, including one on the left and Configuration B has three, including two on both sides. No, not stop here for a second and go back to my feature manager designed tree. And if we do that, you will notice we have the four features we used to create this configuration, which is configuration Be If I go back to configuration default, go back to the design tree. You will notice that all the features are there. However, the two last ones for the holes are suppressed. So, assuming I want either the default configuration by adding one hole to the right. I can simply go to that whole feature on un suppress it now My default configuration have ah hole on the right as well. However, I don't want that. So I'm gonna go ahead and suppress that teacher. Now I'm gonna go and start creating configuration, See? And you can notice from the three configurations we created. Configuration A is the most similar to configuration. See, So to save ourselves some time, I'm going to select configuration a first. And then I'm going to create new configuration. I will call that configuration. See, now configurations. He do not have this hole in the middle. Instead, it's have a rectangular hole. So what I will do is I go back to the design tree on select this feature from the hole and suppress that. And now I can create my rectangular hole. So I'm going to select the stop lane since catch my rectangle. This is 0.6 on the other dimension. The length is 1.6 inches. Now we'll extrude cut this through all and I have completed my last configuration configuration. See so by this we are done with the four configurations we wanted to create. If I go back to my configuration, manager and review lose the default configuration. It looks like this configuration A has an extra hole on the left configuration B has another hole on the right is well, the configuration, See has a hole on the left on a rectangular hole on the center. And, as you can see using configurations, we created four versions off one model without having to create it in four different solid works files. Keep in mind that in configurations we are only toggling features on and off. So if I am under any configuration and go to the design tree, you will be able to see all the features applied toe all the configurations. However, for each configurations, some off them are suppressed on. Some of them are un suppressed, which create the variety of models we have. If I am toe edit any off those features existing features, it will be updated in all the configurations. For example, if I added this extraordinary boss we created at the very beginning by increasing the extrusion so it's 0.3 inches, I'm going to increase that to one inch. This update will be implemented in all the configurations because I have updated a feature that is unsurprised in all the configurations. So if I go back to my configuration manager and go to a different configuration, the default you will see that extruded boss is one inch configuration. A same thing. Configuration be same thing. This is just another point to keep in mind when working with configurations. This makes daughter configurations we explore today different than designed tables in which you can specify different dimensions to the same feature. So I'm going to go fix my feature to its original dimension 2.3 and click OK, now we have created all the configurations as requested in the drawing, which completes our tutorial on configurations. While we're here, you can go ahead and experiment yourself Will configurations 7. Group Exercise : in this lecture, we will be practicing the features we learned in the section By completing this exercise In this exercise, we are giving a model and are required to do the following. First, we will create configurations A, B and C using the design table shown in the drawing. We were then create configuration. See two based on configuration. See, After that, we will create configuration B A. I s I three or four from configuration. The you can don't know this drawing as well as the default model from the download section linked to the structure. Together, we have already covered all you need to complete this exercise. So my recommendation is to stop the video here and try doing the exercise yourself. So let's get started. Well, first, open the model, so I'll goto open and select the model we have. This is our default model, which we will be using throughout this exercise. Our first task is to create configurations a, B and C using a design table. So let's go ahead and do that. I'll go to insert tables on go to design table. Now click in the check mark. And now I have all the variables I can choose for my design tables From the drawing. I have three valuables body with cut twit and hole diameter. So I'll go ahead and find was here. So this is body with I'll still like that Click Control And then I was like this other variable cut with on then the third variable whole day amateur, then click. OK, now I have my design table. I'll simply go ahead and start filling that out. So I have configuration. A body with is three. Cut with is 1.5 on hole diameter is also 1.5. I'll do the same with the two other configurations. Configuration B 2.510 point 75 Configuration C four tool 1.75 Click outside who? Then I'll get them a surge that the design table generated the following configurations A B and C click. OK, now I have four configurations out there. The default configuration which I started with. Think of figuration a be on D. C. So this is our first task. Our second task is to create in figuration C two from configuration See, So I am in configuration. See already I can right click on that configuration on. Select this option that says are derived configuration. And I'm going to call that. See to on Click. OK, more click. OK, again. Now I'm inside this new configuration. See too. So let me go ahead and do the required adjustment. First I'm going to suppress this main hole and then I'm going to create a rectangular hole in its place, sources like this as a sketch plane and then sketch my New York's angle dimensions. This here is Point Fife on this here is also 0.5 inches. The sketch is fully defined now, or go to extraordinary cut on our select the condition to be up to next, then click. OK, so this is our configurations. See to know Let me verify the other configurations. So this is C two. If I click on see, I'm going to get the circle back on the configuration. A said has a circle be on default are all the same. Now I'll go to the last task which is to create configuration B A. I s by three or four from configuration. Be so I'll go to configuration be and then right click and select our Dr Integration and call this be a I s I three or four, I'm a click, Okay? And you can see I'm inside that configuration in this configuration, the only difference is the material. So or go back to my main design tree and then go to the material on there. Right? Click on that. And I can either edit the material directly, or I can use this other option that states can figure material. So let's check this out. This is a list of all the configurations and all the materials that are assigned to those configurations. So for my current configuration, this one, I need to change the material into a I s I three or four. So go to the drop down menu and then go to prowess more. Look for a I s I feel for which is this and then click on apply Close this window. And now you see the updated materialised with all the configuration has the material as playing carbon steel. With exception to this configuration which has the material A I s I three or four, click OK on this completes this configuration. So let me go back to my other configurations and double check all the configurations I have . So this is configuration a be configuration B A I s I three or four configuration see configuration seat to and configuration default. Now all our configurations are set on with this. This exercise is complete. 8. Student Projects : it is said that knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Now is a good time to do just that. Check out the download section and find the project work. We prepared for you for this class. After you do the project, please share your work with us under your project for this cost. In addition to the project, work with provide. Try making your own project by modeling any object you find around. And even better option is to invent your own object on model it with solid works. We're looking forward to seeing your work. 9. Section Conclusion : This concludes our 10th class covering designed tables and configurations. Before you leave this class and move to the next, make sure you are familiar with the following points. What are designed tables and how to set them up? What are the advantages off using designed tables? How to modify a design table? How to add valuables toe a design table. How to include suppressed and un suppressed features in a design table. How toe ad configurations to an existing model. If you do not know or unsure off any loose aspect, we recommend reviewing the lectures in this class again before moving to the next.