What are SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties?
Most companies use SOLIDWORKS configurations properties to create custom designs in order to control the product results or details. These configurations are like LEGO building blocks and make up the skeleton of a 3D product. Before exploring the types of configurations, let’s first understand what they do internally.
Configuration properties are a set of settings that allow you to control the way your part or assembly behaves. They let you customize the way SOLIDWORKS handles your models, making it possible to fine-tune their performance and appearance.
Configuration properties can be accessed in a number of ways, but the easiest way to change them is through the ConfigurationManager.
This window contains all of the settings for each configuration, and it can be opened by going to Tools > Configuration Manager.
Purpose of configuration
Configurations allow you to create multiple variations of a part or assembly model within a single document.
In part documents, configurations allow you to create families of parts with different dimensions, features, and properties, including custom properties. Simplified versions of the design by suppressing components.
Without component configuration
With component configuration
How to edit SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties?
Configuration can act as a different version of a part in the same file.
For example, We used bolts (M10-M26) for creating configuration with multi-dimensions.
When you create or edit configurations manually, you use the add configuration in property Manager. Drawings do not have configurations but they display different configurations of the file reference.
Configuration is located in the property Manager. Click the icon the configuration tab has opened. In the configuration manager tab configuration and display, states are be listed.
Click the point and drag down to split the property manager. It will helpful for using configuration and feature manager design tree as a same tab, See the image for your reference.
To add configuration right-click the part in the configuration manager design tree. Create name, choose bill of material option complete the command.
Options are available to control the name in the bill of material. They are document name, configuration name, user-specified name.
Note: In this configure the special characters such as the slash (/) not allowed.
|The part number displayed when used in a bill of materials||Specifies how to list the assembly or part in a Bill of Materials. Select an option|
|Document Name||The part number is the same as the document name.|
|Configuration Name||The part number is the same as the configuration name.|
|User Specified Name||The part number is a name that you enter.|
In the sketch, while applying smart dimension a modified dialog box appears. Click the ‘This configuration’ after clicking ok. Configure has added on that particular dimension and that active configuration.
Follow these steps is same for next new adding configuration.
While using ‘This configuration’ all smart dimensions are particular for that configuration. While using ‘All configurations’ is the value used in all created configuration. While using ‘Specify configuration’ is that the particular dimensions are used common for all created configuration.
After created configuration the various lists of bolt sizes appeared on single part file. For reference the image shown.
When to make changes to Configuration Properties
There are a few instances where you might need to alter your Configuration Properties.
For example, you might need to change the values if you're experiencing errors or if you want to optimize your design.
Another common situation where you might need to make changes is when you're working with different versions of SOLIDWORKS.
In these cases, the best practice is to create a new configuration file and rename it according to the version of SOLIDWORKS you're using. This will help ensure that all your files are properly organized and easy to find.
When not to make changes to Configuration Properties
Configuration Properties are an important part of your SOLIDWORKS file, and making changes to them can be helpful in customizing your design.
However, there are some times when you should avoid making changes. Here are a few situations when you should avoid altering Configuration Properties:
When you want to
- Create a new part or assembly from an existing one
- Send your file to someone else
- Save a copy of your file with a different name
Best practices for editing Configuration Properties
When editing Configuration Properties, it's important to keep the following in mind:
- ALWAYS save your changes before exiting the PropertyManager
- Make small, incremental changes rather than big jumps
- If you're not sure what a setting does, leave it at its default value
- NEVER edit a property that will impact the performance of your parts or assemblies
SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties provide a way to customize how SOLIDWORKS behaves and how your data is processed. It's important to be aware of the implications of changing these settings and to use them in a way that will best optimize your workflow.
With a little bit of understanding and some trial and error, you can master SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties and make them work for you.