When Design Intent Unravels, Part 2

For this blog post I put together a video showing some of the differences between how you handle changes to the design intent in both SW and SE. It turns out that SolidWorks is very clumsy and not very sophisticated when it comes to making changes to the design intent itself. Changes within the design intent you have established are quick in SW, but when changes happen that you didn’t anticipate, you can be forced to “hack” the model in rather inelegant ways. This is the beauty of Synchronous Technology, because you can decide what the design intent is as you need it. Until then you just have geometry.

This starts to incorporate some of the things I learned from Ilya’s demo, which you’ll see in its entirety as soon as I get the rest of these blog posts up. His demo will be slightly different from mine. I’ll just be demonstrating small portions of it as I go through some more design intent posts.

Updated: August 29, 2012 — 7:44 pm


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  1. Synchronous technology is very a good feature of Solid Edge.

    But, you show here one of the most bigger trouble with synchronous technology : when the hole has came outside the part, it is impossible to have this hole back in the part, even with a detach/attach…

  2. Lecknaat,

    There is always the sketch which drove the feature to begin with which can be used to recreate just that hole or holes. Also, what Matt has done here does not show every instance of what can be done and the hole that was moved could have been set up with other relationships to other features or the relationship to the surface easily suppresed and so it would not have moved off the part. I am not sure what you are talking about here as you can set everything up however you want in live rules so that this problem does not arise.

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