Tutorial: How do you use SolidWorks design tables to create parametric “smart” parts?


Using SolidWorks design tables is a very powerful and simple way to automate dimensions, sketches, features, properties, drawings, and assemblies. This tutorial will focus mainly on utilizing design tables at the part level to automate sketches, features, and patterns.

A video of the below tutorial is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRS6dhyvU-E

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  1. Step 1:

    Open a new part and create basic geometrical part (or just use a part that you have already modeled).

  2. Step 2:

    Insert a design table by selecting >Insert >Tables >Design Table

  3. Step 3:

    The design table options should appear in the feature tree. You can either let SolidWorks generate your design table automatically, or select the dimensions manually, then select the green checkmark in the upper left corner.

  4. Step 4:

    Select all dimensions that you wish to be added to your design table and click “OK”.

  5. Step 5:

    SolidWorks inserts the dimensions that were selected in columns and adds a “Default” configuration. DO NOT delete or change the name of this “Default” configuration. You can add more rows for any number of configurations that you desire and define the parameters under the dimensions columns.

  6. Step 6:

    Click in open space to exit the design table and click “OK” when the SolidWorks prompt appears. You can now click on the “ConfigurationManager” tab and view the new configurations that were generated from the design table.

  7. Step 7:

    You can make changes or add additional properties to the design table by simply righ-clicking on your design table in the feature tree and selecting “edit design table”. Solidworks will automatically ask you if you wish to add aditional properties such as color, description, etc. For the sake of demenstration, select color and click “OK”.

  8. Step 8:

    Modify the color column according to the design color chart attached to this tutorial. When finished making edits, click the “X” in the upper right corner.

  9. Step 9:

    SolidWorks added the colors according to its numerical equivalent.


    The part used in this turorial is available for download.

    For a more advanced example of a parametric part, see this strainer part:

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