Design Table Help

I need some help working with design tables. I'm trying to create one part
file that has numerous configurations of a tube. The tube varies in ID, OD,
and Length. This is easy to set up in a design table. My problem is that
the various configurations have different tolerances. My AutoCAD drawing of
this part shows the various sizes in a table with six columns:
ID | ID Tolerance | OD | OD Tolerance | Length | Length Tolerance
If I enter dummy columns in my design table so that I can type in the
tolerances, SWX no longer recognizes OD or Length as design table linked
variables.... probably because there is an "empty" column separating them.
How do I enter dummy columns and still have SWX pick up the columns that are
actually linked to model dimensions?
I'm doing this so that I can just dump my design table into my drawing and
have my tabulated dimensions all ready to go. I don't want to have to
create this spreadsheet twice, only to have them not be linked.
I'm running SWX 2003 SP 4.
Reply to
Mickey Reilley
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I found a solution: I create the design table for my drawing to the right of the model design table. I then link values with a formula so the drawing table will update. Simple, but lame because I basically have two design tables in my design table.
Reply to
Mickey Reilley
Look up Summary of Design Table Parameters in your help file. Basically you need to put $comment in the column header.
Reply to
Pmwh
You came up with a workaround and Pmwh (how do you pronounce that?) gave you a better one, but the real answer is to get SW to put tolerances in the design table. Until that happens you might want to look into paying Philippe to write a macro:
Jerry Steiger Tripod Data Systems "take the garbage out, dear"
Reply to
Jerry Steiger
Can you apply a 'Fit Tolerance' to the dimensions in the drawing, this way the tolerance will automatically update as the diameter of the pipe increases or decreases in size (e.g. a H7 fit will remain as a H7 fit, but the actual tolerance amount will change to suit the diameter). Obviously this will only work if this fits in with your design intent.
Merry :-)
Reply to
Merry Owen

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