SOLIDWORKS Equations

Learn how to use SOLIDWORKS Equations more effectively

Rounding SOLIDWORKS Equation Values

Round Up in SOLIDWORKS

Similar to other programs such as Microsoft Excel, SOLIDWORKS has functions available to round numbers. However, certain workflow might require you to always Round Down or Up regardless of the decimal value. Before we get started, if you are interested in SOLIDWORKS rounding in general…

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Why SOLIDWORKS Link Values is better than a Global Variable

Back with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS introduced Global Variables. A nice little utility, to define a constant that can be used to drive multiple dimensions. And for many situations this works well but the one downside is that a Global Variable has to…

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How to Suppress/Disable Equations in different SOLIDWORKS Configurations

The ability to configure equations was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2014.  This change removed the previous simplified functionality of only suppress/unsuppress equations in different configurations.  SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduced disable/enable equations, however this can only be applied to all configurations at once.  So the question is how…

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How to show SOLIDWORKS Equations and Custom Properties as fractions with your model in decimals

Having to work in decimals and show SOLIDWORKS fractions in your drawing can be frustrating when you require the use of equations and custom properties. This issue is mostly overcome by using the weldment functionality. However, you may still face some issues with getting your values…

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How to Share/Link Global Variables and Equations among SOLIDWORKS Models

Global variable and equations in SOLIDWORKS link various dimensions to a specific value or to one another. This technique helps manage the size and shape of your model by modifying only a few variables; and also potentially prevents forgetting some relations between various dimensions in…

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Nested IF Statements in SOLIDWORKS Equations to control dimension length

Recently a customer asked me: “Is it possible to automatically size sections of a body or component based on an overall length?” This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements. IF…

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The Syntax of a SOLIDWORKS “IF” Statement in an Equation

SOLIDWORKS If Statement

Hypothetical scenario: you have a design for a container wherein you have a length, width, and height. The length and width can be anything, but the height is driven indirectly by the length. If the length is greater than a certain value, then the height…

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How to add a SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation to an Entire Column

SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation

The SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials allows you to add Equations to cells for calculations.  Did you know that you can also apply a SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation to an entire column? To start select a BOM column so it highlights all of its cells and launch the…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Disabling and Enabling Equations in All Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Equation Views

During the past few years SOLIDWORKS has improved “Equation” functionality. Up to SOLIDWORKS 2013, you could only configure equations and global variables by suppressing or unsuppressing them in selected configurations. With SOLIDWORKS 2014 the way formulas and suppression are handled in SOLIDWORKS changed. Now you could create variations…

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