Step by step Tutorial to create Solidworks design tables

Solidworks design tables is a feature inside Solidworks that helps create and alter configurations of basic designs. For this demonstration we will use an Excel based design table.

To begin we first need to create our part.

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Next we move to the insert tab, tables and click on design tables.

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Here you have several options to choose from. The auto create selection allows Solidworks to automatically generate an Excel design table based on the existing dimensions of the part. All you need to do is click on the green marker at the top of the feature manager tree.

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Once you do this Solidworks creates a text box asking the features you would like to include in the design table.

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Once you have selected this features you can proceed to click okay.

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From the design table you can create new configurations based on the original design. All you require is a name for the new configuration and its subsequent dimensions.

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You load this design by simply double clicking on the design name under the feature manager tree.

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We could go ahead and change the labelling of the part feature names like length, width and height by simply highlighting the part and editing the names of said parameters.

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For example we can rename the longest dimension as the length, the thickness as the width and the vertical dimension as the height.
Once you have done this you can double click on edit design table under the feature manager tree and once it rebuilds,you can confirm the changes of the names of part parameters.
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You can add multiple configurations of the part based on the default configuration. This enables creation of several copies of a default part that can be run through multiple tests to determine how the part behaves say on subjection of loads.

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