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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Show Feature Dimensions for the entire part

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE created/updated April 1, 2016

In SOLIDWORKS, it has always been very easy to show the dimensions for a feature: just double-click on the feature and presto: all the dimensions for that feature are shown. This makes it fantastically easy to edit dimensions without having to edit the sketch or modify the feature in the feature tree. Of course, this functionality is by no means new to SOLIDWORKS, nor should it come as a surprise to most users.

However, sometimes, it is nice to show all the dimensions for all the features in a part. This is not as commonly known as you might think.

Why show feature dimensions?

There are situations where it is useful to be able to show all the feature dimensions, for example:

  • If I wanted to configure multiple dimensions using the Configure Dimension command.
  • Or if I wanted to reference dimensions in multiple features for Equations.
  • Or for creating Custom Properties, it is really useful to be able to click on the dimensions on screen.

Show the dimensions

Luckily, there is a way to show all the dimensions:

Show Feature Dimensions

Show Feature Dimensions

Just right-click on the Annotations folder in the Feature Tree and select “Show Feature Dimensions

 

Feature dimensions displayed

Feature dimensions displayed

Now, I have a quick and easy overview of all the dimensions that make up all the features of the part. Occasionally, some dimensions may not be visible due to the viewing angle or they may be buried in part geometry, but I can still double-click on the feature to show all the dimensions (even the buried ones) and I can then reposition the hard-to-reach dimensions for easier use.

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).

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