DriveWorks Pro 15: How To: Diagnose Project Issues Using SOLIDWORKS (KB12121014) [send feedback...]

Introduction

When DriveWorks generates SOLIDWORKS information it is automating what would need to be done manually in SOLIDWORKS. Often the best place to start and diagnose model inaccuracies is to manually perform the action DriveWorks is executing.

Manual Check

If you have got to the stage of seeing unexpected results in the model, you will have a clone of the master model to perform a manual check on. Unless you are confident any manual changes will not affect the master model it is always advisable to use the clone.

Check Dimensions manually

A quick manual check in the following areas will confirm if the dimension can be controlled by DriveWorks.

  • Check dimension is drivable.
  1. Open the root model that has the incorrect dimension in SOLIDWORKS
  2. In the SOLIDWORKS feature manager locate the sketch or feature that contains the dimension and double click to display the dimension on the model in view.
  3. Double click the displayed dimension to change.
  4. Change the dimension to the value it should be.
    • If the dimension can be successfully changed proceed to the next step in the How To: Diagnose Project Issues topic.
    • If the dimension cannot be changed the master model will require to be modified to allow this.
  • Check dimension has been captured.
  1. Open the group that the model is controlled by in the DriveWorks Add-in in SOLIDWORKS.
  2. From the Captured Models tab locate and double click, to open, the root model that has the incorrect dimension.
  3. In the SOLIDWORKS feature manager locate the sketch or feature that contains the dimension and double click to display the dimension on the model in view.
  4. Click the displayed dimension on the model..
  5. The selected dimension should be indicated in the Dimensions folder of the Dimensions and Features tab of the DriveWorks add-in.

Check Features manually

A quick manual check in the following areas will confirm if the feature can be controlled by DriveWorks.

  • Check feature is drivable.
  1. Open the root model that has the incorrect feature in SOLIDWORKS
  2. In the SOLIDWORKS feature manager locate the feature that contains the dimension and double click to display the dimension on the model in view.
  3. Right click the feature and select Suppress or Unsuppress (This will also indicate if the feature can be deleted without actually deleting the feature)
    • If the feature can be successfully changed proceed to the next step in the How To: Diagnose Project Issues topic.
    • If the feature cannot be changed the master model will require to be modified to allow this.
  • Check feature has been captured.
  1. Open the group that the model is controlled by in the DriveWorks Add-in in SOLIDWORKS.
  2. From the Captured Models tab locate and double click, to open, the root model that has the incorrect feature.
  3. In the SOLIDWORKS feature manager locate and select the feature.  
  4. The selected feature should be indicated in the Features folder of the Dimensions and Features tab of the DriveWorks add-in.


Knowledge Base Article Ref:KB12121014

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