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Micron Dimensions in SolidWorks

By Mubasher on 29 Jun 23:15 1 answer 2380 views 0 comments

Hi,
I have to model a MEMS geometry in Solidworks with micron dimensions. In the system options when i change the units to microns and try to sketch it does not show any sketch (as shown in attachment). How can I make my sketch visible with micron dimensions?Please help me.

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  • a1ce339a
    a1ce339a about 4 years ago

    The format for floating points used in SW is the C
    "double" format, which guarantees 15 decimal digits of precision.
    This means
    the largest and smallest dimensions that can be added and still give a correct result must not have a ratio larger than 1/10E15. If you want to measure nanometers (1E-9 m) and still have some margin for geometric operations, you can't allow dimensions much larger than 1E3 m.
    You would think you could "easily" design sub-micron features, especially when setting microns, nanometers or angstroms in the document options,
    but it seems the workspace is "fixed" to a few cubic kilometers,
    limiting the resolution at the bottom of the scale...
    Which limits sketching to 100 nanos while numbers would allow to go down to about 0.2 nanos .
    I am not sure if this helps but thought I would give it a go.

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