Offset work plane using equation value

Hi:
I am trying to place a workplane offset from another workplane using
an equation. Can you not just type the name of the variable in the
offset distance box when creating or editing the plane? I can't get it
to work this way. As an example, let's say I create an equation in the
form
"dist"=10
Can you not just type "dist" in the plane's offset entry box?
Thx
J
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Joseph Anthony
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Go into your SolidWorks window, Control Grab the one of the 3 orthogonal planes you want and drag them and set or leave the default distance.
Then go to Tools-Equations and set up for a New equation. Double click that new plane and click the offset dimension, which will appear in the equation editor followed by an equal sign, & next click the origin plane you offset it from. That is it.
Bo
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Bo
Actually, I steered you a bit wrong. You can assign the value of the distance of the offset without an equation, by just doing the start of what I noted above.
It is when you want that distance to be calculated using other variables that you need the equation.
Bo
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Bo
OK, but is this the only way - you cant just type the name of a variable in the dim box when you edit the plane?
thx
J
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Joseph Anthony
For calculated plane positions, when you click on a dimension, it is added to the formula, and that is the only way I do it.
You can use a spreadsheet to drive a design, and that can contain dimensions to control planes for families of parts, though I've not had reason to do that myself.
Bo
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Bo
I feel your pain. I have wished for this since I started using SW. The way that Bo described is the simplest way to do this. Kind of ass backwards, if you ask me, but there really isn't a good option. It would be so handy to have an equation for something like wall thickness, for example, be able to use that as an extrusion length, in sketches, etc. and if a change is needed, make one change to the equation, and the thickness changes everywhere. While this can be done the SW way, AFAIK each place that it is used a new equation is needed. Crappy and time consuming. They could certainly do better, but it isn't flashy enough for the marketing guys I guess.
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ed_1001
I may not be understanding correctly, but would linked values be of any use?
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refract3d
Yup, that is a really handy quicker way of making A = B without going to "write" an equation.
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Bo
Interesting idea. I played with it a bit, and yes, it does work. If I want and extrusion to be a particular length, I first create the extrusion, then double click on the icon in the feature manager (not the name), then double click on the dimension in the graphics window, then click the little black arrow, then click on 'Link Value', then click on the little black arrow in the popup window, then click on the link name (assuming it already exists), then click on 'OK', and then click the green checkmark. As opposed to just entering the name in the original feature properties window (or better yet, a dropdown list). If I count right, that's 10 extra mouse clicks just to link one dimension. Not very productive. Or am I missing something easier?
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ed_1001
Ed, when in a sketch, just select two dimensions, right click and select LINK. That is it.
Bo
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Bo
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