I just tried it the other day - I design a fair few plastic injection
moulded components ( and then pass on the problems to the toolmakers
I have to say it does not tell you anything about the part you should
not already know if you have been designing correctly. The colour
shading and interface left me confused and I gave up.
However I suppose it can be usefull if you want to check other peoples
work and you are not confident in their ability.
I find the new 'section' viewer in sw2004 far more useful for looking
at wall thicknesses and their transitions around a component. There
will be parts of a component you want to look at closely and this tool
seems to be more useful.
The thickness detector is a bit like the 'undercut' detector. If you
design in an undercut unintentionally - you have rushed the job or
don't understand geometry. But then we all have to rush jobs and
perhaps SW are only trying to be helpful!! I just wish they would be
helpfull elsewhere. I get round this with a note on my control
drawings to tool makers saying that any undercuts are unintentional
and if they find any they should get back to me immediately plus they
will get a ticket in my Xmas raffle ;-). Perhaps I ought to offer a
tee - shirt.
Sum up - there are better reasons for using 2004 than the thickness
detector. I just can't thick of many at the moment.
- I have thought for a moment - Use of multiple configuarions of sub
assembly in a main assembly is now possible - no need for Mike
Wilson's very inventive work arounds. But I stand to be corrected on
this as I only have re-visted this issue for a few hours on sw2004.