I work with some of the world’s greatest SolidWorks experts. (I know that because they keep telling me that.) It is, indeed, a most knowledgeable collective. Some of us were there when we first loaded SolidWorks 95 on a Windows 95 computer, which, by the way, still exists (and runs!) in our home office. Many of us can impress you with the most complex modeling processes one moment, and the most banal trivia the next. But not everyone has been using SolidWorks that regularly or for that long. What about the new or occasional user, you say, who is still learning the basics? Where can he go for tips and advice?
I’m glad you asked.
So, back to basics it is. And one of the most basic needs at times is the ability to override dimension text when working on a catalog, charted or otherwise tabulated drawing. Fortunately, the process is simple. When selecting a dimension, you will see a <DIM> variable in the Dimension Text field of the Dimension Property Manager. Think of that variable as an internal placeholder for the parametric model value. Simply replace that textstring with the desired text, such as the “A” in Figure 1 below.
Simple, right? Well, everything is simple once you know how to do it. And now that you know that…would anyone like to venture a guess as to a way to restore the value later, if the need to restore the original dimension arises? You guessed it – literally replace the override with the <DIM> variable again!
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